Gordon Exall, an experienced and popular barrister in our specialist Personal Injury team has helped secure damages of £3,644,853.00 for a 22 year old woman who was assualted by her babysitter at the age of 22 months. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was ordered to pay the sum following a tribunal hearing in Manchester on 8th September 2011. The case will be reported on Lawtel in the near future.
CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION AUTHORITY
Tribunal hearing in Manchester on 8th September 2011
(Mr. Goff, Mrs de Vos and Mrs. Dodgson).
Award of £3,644,853.00.
Applicant assaulted by a babysitter when she was 22 months old. Aged 22 at date of hearing. She suffered significant brain injury with a haemorrhage over the surface of her brain, damage to the rear left side of her brain associated with brain swelling, and extensive bruising to her body. This led to intellectual impairment, motor difficulties, shortening of the right leg, and scoliosis. She also had problems with her left arm, which moved suddenly and inappropriately in different directions. . She had a very short-term memory span and poor concentration, and often repeated the same words and sentences. She required constant protection, as she had no sense of the need to be wary of strangers. Life expectancy was reduced to around the age of 70.
Total award of £3,644.853.
Breakdown: PSLA £175,000; past care £130,000; past Court of Protection Costs £1,853 ; loss of earnings £380,000; loss of pension £20,000; future care £2,240,000; future holiday costs £50,000; podiatry £6,000; physiotherapy £80,000; occupational therapy £80,000; aids and appliances £160,000; accommodation £225,000; future Court of Protection costs £112,000; pension liability (for carers) £20,000; increased accommodation costs £37,000.
Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers, Leeds, counsel for the Applicant.