We treat all problems affecting; speech, language, communication, eating & drinking.

Medico-legal reports

Medico-legal speech and language therapy reports can be provided by our speech and language therapists at Manchester SLT. Our medico-legal speech and language therapy reports are a specialised service and can be done for any area of speech, language, communication and eating and drinking difficulties. Speech and language therapy medico-legal reports can be written for both children and adults and are written by our specialist team to meet the specific needs and requirements of the client and report.

Why would an individual need a speech and language therapy medico-legal report?

There are many different reasons why a speech and language therapy medico-legal report would need to be done. A summary of some of the most common reasons are below:

  • Assessment needed to understand if a speech, language or communication problem is in existence or not.
  • Medical negligence - A medical complication occurring at birth or head injuries which have affected an individual's development of speech and communication. If this is the case, our speech and language therapists will cost the price when claiming for compensation.
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) - A SENDIST means a child or young adult's communication is affecting their accessibility to education. Therefore specialist support is being applied for.

What will a speech and language therapy medico-legal report involve?

A speech and language therapy medico-legal report will involve the following:

  • A detailed speech and language therapy assessment to determine if an individual has a speech, language, communication or eating and drinking difficulty, and to understand how severe their difficulty is.
  • A review of the individual's medical notes and other relevant documentation.
  • Information on the individual's past, present and future communication, eating and drinking ability.
  • A comprehensive and detailed report on the individual's speech and language therapy assessment results, their diagnosis and also the prognosis of the individual's difficulty.
  • Recommendations for further speech and language therapy treatment, and the cost of this treatment.
  • The individual's potential for improvement.
  • Whether any specialist equipment is required or recommended e.g. communication aids.
  • Capital and annual costs of specialist equipment.

How much does a speech and language medico-legal report cost?

Our speech and language therapy medico-legal report writing service is charged on an hourly basis. We will provide a written quotation for the initial assessment and the report following an initial enquiry. A breakdown of the quotation will include a document review, assessment, travel and preparation costs of the report. The cost of a speech and language therapy medico-legal report will vary for each client and will depend on the location of the client and also the time requirements of the assessment and report.

Joint expert meetings, further speech and language therapy reports and attendance in court will be billed at an hourly rate.

How to instruct our speech and language therapists

Written or emailed instruction is required when contacting our speech and language therapists. Please provide the following information within the written or emailed instruction.

  • The capacity of the appointment.
  • Advise party / parties responsible for paying the fees.
  • The reason for the report.
  • Any issues to be addressed.
  • Timescale of the report to be completed by.
  • Relevant medical records including GP and hospital notes.
  • Witness statements.
  • Expert reports (with future reports to follow).
  • Schedule of loss.
  • Particulars of claim and defence.
  • Relevant court orders.
  • Any other relevant background information.

How long will the report take?

An initial speech and language therapy assessment will be undertaken within two weeks of the instruction. Reports are provided within two weeks of the initial assessment.

How can I book an initial assessment with a speech and language therapist?

If you would like to book an appointment to see one of Manchester SLT's speech and language therapists, or would like more information or advice, then email: info@manchesterslt.co.uk or call: 0161 883 0111 and one of our dedicated speech and language therapists will be happy to help.

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