Disability and Assertive Technology Expert Witness.

Specialising in Personal injury, Clinical Negligence and Industrial Injury cases.

We undertake expert witness work in connection with computer adaptations and assistive technology for injured or disabled Clients. In undertaking the expert witness role our consultant Martyn Slyper, acting for the Client, their legal representative or insurance companies, prepares reports and advises on computer equipment modifications or adaptations to enable PI victims to use their computers. In some cases this has even enabled Clients to start working again or continue to work when they would otherwise have not been able to.

Areas of expertise – adaptations for:

  • Visual impairment
  • Mobility impairment
  • Communication aids and AAC
  • Learning difficulties
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

He has worked with some of the UK’s leading practitioners, including:

  • Ashton KCJ
  • Cohen Cramer
  • Field Fisher Waterhouse
  • FentonsField Fisher Waterhouse
  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Kester Cunningham John
  • Metcalfes, Nelsons
  • Russell Jones Walker
  • Thompsons
  • Thrings
  • Treasury Solicitor’s Department
  • Shoosmiths
  • Withy King

Services offered:

  • Providing an advisory service, consultancy and training in assistive technology and accessible computing for people with various disability issues, such as mobility problems, visual impairment, communication problems, learning difficulties or ergonomic issues.
  • Reports on causation and/or assessment of adaptations needed for people with acquired disabilities following personal injury or medical negligence.
  • We also offer a range of services to help injured claimants rebuild their working lives and return to work.
  • Presentations on how assistive technology can help accident victims.
  • We provide workstation assessments as well as advice and consultancy in ergonomics, assistive technology and accessible computing. This can be for people with ergonomic issues or any kind of disability.

Case Studies

Moira suffered from brain damage during a hospital operation that went catastrophically wrong. This affected her coordination, eyesight and cognitive skills. She lives in a care home in the South East and is visited frequently by her parents, children and grandchildren.

After a full assessment we were able to recommend computer equipment and environmental controls which helped her regain some of her independence. She was able to use her new computer to watch photos of her family and listen to music. With help, she was even able to start constructing basic sentences. In addition with an adapted remote control, she was able to control her television, lighting and the curtains in her room.

Linda damaged her neck after years of having to work in a very poor workstation setup on the sales team of a bank. Typing on her keyboard whilst having to hold her telephone in the crook of her neck took its toll.

We provided an expert witness ergonomic causation report for lawyers and although the case is not settled yet, the report has gone a long way in supporting her case and hopefully allowing an out of court settlement.

We were first asked to assist Leonard when he was 8, soon after his accident when he was knocked down by a car and left severely brain damaged. When he started going to school again we recommended a computer and special software to help him get the best out of his new school.

We are still working with Leonard, even though he is now a young man of 19. He will never be able to live up to the aspirations that his mother had for him but with the aid of his computer he can communicate on a ‘level playing field’ with the friends that he has made online. His gaming skills and coordination have improved considerably over the years and he is now studying at a local college.