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Family’s Wishes Granted As Son Is Moved To Desired Care Home

Irwin Mitchell’s Public Law & Human Rights team worked with a family to secure accommodation closer to home for their brain damaged son.

The 40 year old man was involved in a road traffic accident in February 2014 which resulted in him being brain damaged and only minimally conscious. After spending months in hospital the man was referred to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney for an assessment which would decide a suitable long-term care home for him.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to fund accommodation for our client but not at the care home which his family had chosen. The family’s preference was a facility close to where they lived which specialised in brain injuries; they had confidence that this would be the best place for their son to improve with time.

The family decided to challenge the CCG’s decision and contacted our expert Public Law & Human Rights team who had been recommended to them by brain injury association Headway. It took 11 months of meetings and resolving issues before the CCG finally agreed to place the man in the desired care home.

Alice Cullingworth represented the family who were thankful for her work, saying: “We can’t thank Alice enough for all the hard work it took to make this happen. Without her input our son would be stuck in Putney and we would be travelling 480 miles each week to see him.”

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