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LINDA COYLE

Speech & Language Therapy
Expert Witness

Linda Coyle Circle logo

LINDA COYLE

Speech & Language Therapy
Expert Witness

What I Do

Medico-legal speech and language therapy

I provide expert speech and language therapy (SALT) assessments and reports for personal injury cases throughout Ireland. Typical personal injury cases that I am involved in relate to medical negligence, such as cerebral palsy following a birth injury, or a traumatic brain injury arising from a road traffic accident. A person who suffers a brain injury can experience severe and complex speech, language and communication difficulties, and so if a case is being taken, then the expertise of a speech and language therapist to provide an assessment and medico-legal report is crucial.

I am generally instructed by solicitors to provide SALT reports relating to condition and prognosis. As such, the majority of my reports are quantum reports. Less frequently, I am asked to provide an opinion on causation, particularly in cases related to delayed assessment and management of hearing loss.

I take instructions from the Plaintiff, the Defendant, or on a joint instructions basis. Irrespective of who retains my services, my duty is to function as an independent expert witness to the court.

My Services

Medico-legal services

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Expert Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) assessment and report

The nature of the assessment will vary according to the client, their age, their needs as well as how I have been instructed in relation to the case. A combination of informal and formal methods are used in order to obtain a picture of how the client communicates.

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Court attendance and involvement in pre-settlement consultations

In undertaking a case, I am aware that I may be called as an expert witness to the High Court. While the majority of cases that I am involved in are settled prior to the court date, I have on occasion attended the High Court as an expert witness.

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Sourcing of intermediaries for court attendance

Currently in Ireland there are no official mechanisms for accessing intermediaries, and yet there are many people with communication difficulties who are unable to represent themselves independently and effectively within the court system, even though they have the capacity to do so.

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Supporting Capacity Assessment

People are presumed to have the ability, or capacity to make decisions about their personal lives. When capacity is called into question, an assessment of capacity may be required.

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Training

I provide training to the legal profession on how to communicate effectively with adults who have a communication disability. Contact me to find out more.

COVID-19 Information

Due to the COVID-19 situation, I am currently providing all appointments via teletherapy. This is essentially speech therapy over the internet instead of face to face. Please see my information packs in the resources section regarding how this works.

Testimonials

What My Clients say

Linda offers a valuable service in providing comprehensive medicolegal reports. Her reports and feedback from clients demonstrate her high level of skill and expertise along with empathy towards clients
Orla Kelly
Partner, Cantillons SolicitorS
Linda applies great professionalism and expertise in preparing high quality expert reports. She can tackle complex areas and make them accessible to the legal team
Fergal Dennehy
Ronan Daly Jermyn

Expert Witness Services

For more information about my services please get in touch.