Criminal Assault Injury
Deborah Kemp and Carolyn Heaton from Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office have secured a £500,000 award for their client Mark Reed who suffered severe brain injury following a violent criminal assault.
Mark was struck in the face by a taxi driver causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. He sustained a fractured skull, a 9-inch laceration to his head and lesions to his brain. He now experiences speech difficulties and suffers from anxiety, as well as behavioural and cognitive problems.
The claim was successfully turned from one where eligibility was initially refused to one where Mark has now been awarded the maximum compensation award possible under the state funded criminal injury scheme.
The initial refusal of the brain injury claim was on the grounds that the evidence available was not sufficient to satisfy the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority that Mark’s injuries were ‘directly attributable to a crime of violence’. It was therefore necessary to apply for a review of the decision and a contested eligibility hearing later took place, resulting in the six figure settlement.
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