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Client support co‐ordinator – bridging the gap in brain injury legal cases

Paul Brown (Serious Injury Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, Newcastle, UK and Secretary of the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, Plymouth, UK)
Mike Hope (Client Support Co‐ordinator at Thompsons Solicitors, Chelmsford, UK and Committee Member of the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, Plymouth, UK)
Des O'Meara (Client Support Co‐ordinator at Thompsons Solicitors, Newcastle, UK and former Committee Member of the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, Plymouth, UK)

Social Care and Neurodisability

ISSN: 2042-0919

Article publication date: 17 February 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to consider the new role of Client Support Co‐ordinator (CSC), which is being developed by some law firms, and the assistance this can provide for brain injury survivors and their families and carers.

Design/methodology/approach

This article considers how the CSC can assist in the early acute stages following acquired brain injury. It is designed to take the reader through the benefits that a CSC can bring in supporting not only the brain injury survivor but also their families and carers. The literature is reviewed briefly, followed by reflections and suggestions which are based on this review and on practical experience.

Findings

This role is designed not to replace but to supplement existing social care providers and to bridge the gap in a legal case between receiving first instructions and the instruction of a private case manager. By adopting a more proactive, holistic case management type service at the acute stage the rehabilitation outcomes can be improved and families and carers better supported. Specialist brain and serious injury lawyers involved in dealing with brain injury litigation will often face a number of practical problems prior to being able to prove legal liability. Once primary liability is confirmed lawyers can proceed to obtain interim payments to pay for a private case manager who will then arrange the client's care and rehabilitation package.

Originality/value

This article shows that during the initial process, this guidance and support for brain injury survivors and their families and carers is vital and any additional support that can be provided should be sought at an early stage. This paper demonstrates the efficacy of employing a client support co‐ordinator in this period.

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Citation

Brown, P., Hope, M. and O'Meara, D. (2012), "Client support co‐ordinator – bridging the gap in brain injury legal cases", Social Care and Neurodisability, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 14-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/20420911211207026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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