WHAT DOES AN ACCOMMODATION EXPERT DO?

As Expert Witnesses we prepare reports in respect of the accommodation needs of people who have suffered injury or trauma and who are seeking compensation through the Courts.

In doing so we are governed by the requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules which set out the duties of an Expert Witness, these are:

– to assist the Court
– to give an impartial opinion
– not to make a judgement which is for the Court
– to attend Court as a witness if required

As Accommodation Experts, we always endeavour to visit and meet with you or a close relative, carer or guardian, in your own home to assess first-hand the scale and nature of your needs.

Disabled accommodation needs

HOW THE VISIT/INTERVIEW WORKS…

Before meeting you we will send out an introductory pack, which explains exactly what we do and which also contains a questionnaire.

During the visit we will interview you or, where appropriate, a close family relative, to help understand your needs in relation to your particular disability, personal circumstances, and details of your current and future accommodation needs, including the needs of other family members.

We will carry out a measured survey of your property when appropriate. To do this it will be necessary to access all areas, both within the property and outside. From the survey, a plan is produced for inclusion in the Accommodation report. This plan will help to demonstrate the challenges you may face in your home. We will also photograph the property. This is done to assist in the production of the plan and a number of photographs, normally a dozen or so, will be included in the report to help illustrate areas of your home. With your permission, we would also like to take a head-and-shoulders photograph of you for inclusion in the report.

All information gathered during the visit and through the questionnaire is treated in the strictest confidence and disclosed only to our instructing solicitor who may disclose it in support of the case as required.

After the case has settled we always destroy all paperwork arising from the case using a certified confidential shredding company.

Accommodation Expert
Accommodation Reports

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Following the visit we will prepare an Accommodation Report.

This report will contain a description of your needs, using evidence taken from the reports of others, primarily any medical, care and occupational therapy reports which have been made available, as well as evidence gathered during the interview and home visit.

On completion of the report, it is issued to the Solicitor who instructed us. The Solicitor will treat the report as confidential until all the evidence on the case is sent to the opposing legal team in a process known as “disclosure”.

Following disclosure the Experts from both teams may be instructed to meet to produce a “Joint Statement” which draws together, for the Court, all the areas of agreement and any items on which the experts still disagree.

* Ask your Solicitor for a full explanation of these terms.

EXPERT WITNESS

This entails visiting claimants in their homes, assessing their current and future housing needs together with the adaptations needed to make their current or future home fully accessible.

DESIGN NEGLIGENCE & BUILDING DEFECTS

As Architects and Building Surveyors, we are best placed to act as an independent Expert to assess and advise on disputes involving building defects.

SEARCH FOR SUITABLE PROPERTIES

We believe that understanding the individual’s disability requirements from an accommodation perspective is key to providing a home tailored to the Client’s specific needs.