Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Awards £4.3m To Victim Of Physical Abuse

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Awards £4.3m To Victim Of Physical Abuse

The Birmingham office of Irwin Mitchell secured compensation for a 14-year-old girl who sustained a major brain injury when she was only 4 months old. Tragically, the child’s natural mother assaulted her and she was left with significant disabilities as a result.

Thankfully, the child was then fostered and ultimately adopted by a devoted and loving family who have since worked tirelessly to provide for her considerable needs. The child will need constant care for the rest of her life and will never be able to work.

Philip Edwards, Partner with Irwin Mitchell, said: "This was a particularly tragic case of a young life which was changed forever as a result of a very callous act. Out of that tragedy has come the inspiring love and devotion shown by the adoptive family, and I am proud that Irwin Mitchell have been able to conclude this compensation claim and that the future care and support that is needed will now be secure.

"Throughout the case we were able to secure interim payments of damages for the young girl, which meant she could move to a fabulous house in which her needs could be met, and for much needed care to be provided to her to help the family in their remarkable efforts.

"The young girl struggles to adapt to new people in her life, and we were able to defeat an argument which suggested she should have to rely to some extent on the local Council to provide her care when she reaches adulthood, and this means that she will now be able to employ carers who she knows, trusts and can feel safe with, for the rest of her life.

"An award of £4.3 million means now that all the needs of this young girl can be properly provided for, from care to housing, from equipment to transport, her family can now feel safe and secure in the knowledge that she will always be looked after".

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