A personal injury client who had a fore foot amputation was unable to use his bath. The Local Authority have community care obligations and a bathing assessment was requested. The initial assessment confirmed that a formal assessment was required but there was a 9 month waiting list!
The matter was referred to our Public Law Department who immediately wrote to the Local Authority pointing out that it was unreasonable and unlawful to expect the client to wait 9 months for an assessment in respect of a need which had already been identified. The assessment took place one week later and arrangements will now be made for the client to have a level access shower.
There are barely a handful of firms nationally who have a specialist department which can deal with community care and accommodation issues which are often very important to personal injury clients, who already have quite enough on their plates.