Interview with Kevin Liddy

Published: 20th May 2024

Liddy’s Solicitors have been established since 2001, with their Barnsley offices opening just over 10 years ago. They specialise in conveyancing, which is the legal work in processing a sale or purchase of a house, and they specialise in damages claims, both for clinical negligence, and for personal injury. Clinical negligence claims (sometimes called medical negligence), relate to where a patient has suffered serious injury as a result of unacceptable medical treatment. Personal injury claims are for accidents at work, or in a public place.  Liddys have an extensive legal team to support clients in their cases. They offer a no win-no fee policy for damages claims, aiming to give courage and bring justice to those affected by negligence.

We spoke to Kevin Liddy, Managing Director, about his firm’s recent partnership with Home Instead.

What interested you in Home Instead in the first place?

Home Instead is ideally positioned to help our clients. 70% of our clinical negligence clients are disabled or elderly, meaning we have a huge overlapping client base.
When someone is affected by a life changing injury, there is often a need for outside help. Traditionally it would be the family that care for an individual, but with a lack of expertise, or time,  and state budgets being overstretched, in appropriate cases, Home Instead can provide that extra care and ease pressure on families.

In a case of personal injury or clinical negligence, where an individual has succeeded in their claim, they are entitled to be placed in a financial position that optimises their recovery. That can include paying for care that is needed because of the negligence. Care at Home are ideally placed to provide that care, so that the client can begin on the road to  rehabilitation and recuperation.

Additionally, in situations where a spouse has lost a loved one, it can be extremely isolating. The companionship services offered by Home Instead are a good way to combat this, and again in appropriate circumstances, can be paid for in damages to compensate for that loss.

What do you believe are the benefits of partnering with Home Instead?

Home Instead have the experienced staff who can make thorough care assessments of those involved in clinical negligence cases, in the place of, or in addition to an occupational therapist. These profiles can then be used as evidence in litigation, citing how an injury has affected the life of an individual.
We can also refer clients to Home Instead as a source of third-party care; this aligns with our primary goal of prioritising the recovery of an individual affected by clinical negligence.

What do you hope for the future of the Liddy’s and Home Instead’s partnership?

There is a considerable synergy between our two companies. Our role in acting for a client is not only to obtain maximum damages, but to ensure the optimisation of recovery. If rehabilitation is not optimised, it can have a devastating effect..

We can work together for the benefit of our clients. I hope that Care at Home can also make family members aware that they can obtain a solicitor’s investigation into medical care given to them, or a loved one, without fee.