Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is often used to describe products or systems that support and assist individuals with disabilities, restricted mobility or other impairments to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Assistive technology is a range of electronic aids that can help someone to live independently and also alert a carer if they are needed. This can enable a person in need of care and support to feel more confident to be by themselves. Additionally, promoting their wellbeing and allowing them to participate in education, the labour market, and civic life. 

To highlight the importance of assistive technology, the most requested commodity in workplaces is adapted computers, hearing aids, wheelchair ramps, speech communication devices and braille notetaking computers.


McMahon Goldrick and Assistive Technology Experts (the process)

At McMahon Goldrick, every catastrophic injury case has a report prepared by an Assistive Technology expert. 

The process is as follows:

  • The expert will meet with the client after having considered all of the medical reports that are available to them.
  • McMahon Goldrick will supply those medical reports in advance of that visit.
  • After having viewed the medical reports, the visit will take place and the Assistive Technology expert will familiarise themselves with the client’s disability and also the client’s environs.
  • McMahon Goldrick will also supply an Occupational Therapist report (OT report) and a housing report which will be of great assistance to the expert and will provide a thorough and clear picture of what the client’s needs are and what the client’s needs will be in the future.
  • The expert will prepare a detailed report which will outline to the client the type of Assistive Technology aids that a person may require, and the report will also contain a summary and opinion. McMahon Goldrick will summarise this report and furnish it to the defendant, so they are aware of what is being claimed.
  • If there is a requirement for Assistive Technology to be renewed in the future, this will be taken into account when making the claim. For example, one item may only survive for a certain length of time, so the solicitor here at McMahon Goldrick Solicitors when dealing with a catastrophic injury case will allow for the repetition of that item into the future right through to the date of death.


If you have any further queries in relation to this topic, please contact us at McMahon Goldrick Solicitors at (01) 6770044 or and we will be happy to take your enquiries. The address for McMahon Goldrick is 34 The Grafton Buildings, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

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