GLP Solicitors (Bury) solicitor has won a £6.5m settlement for a 20-year-old woman who was left severely disabled after being shaken as a baby, which is thought may be a record, writes the Manchester Evening News (March 25, 2010)
Neil Sugarman, managing partner at GLP Solicitors Bury, won the compensation for the adoptive parents of the victim, whom they have cared for since she was removed from the care of her natural mother, who attacked her.
The victim suffered catastrophic injuries when she was shaken, and will be unable to work for the rest of her life, relying on full-time care.
Mr Sugarman said: “This couple adopted the child when she was very young. The adopted father was taken seriously ill with advanced lung cancer last September. He was absolutely desperate to know the outcome of the case and only survived for two weeks after the hearing.”
The victim, who lives in the south east, suffered brain damage, partial blindness, limited mobility and challenging behaviour, including self -harming.
The £6.5m award included £257,000 compensation for the injuries and £4m for continued care.
The award was made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority sitting in Manchester.
Mr Sugarman said: “We had a constant battle with the authority to get a final hearing. For a long time the authority argued the victim did not need much money for care costs, as they would be paid for by the NHS and the local authority.
“Late in the day it conceded she should not have to rely on that for the rest of her life. She has so many challenging needs, and this decision will now enable the family to buy specialist care.”
Neil said: “There are no published statistics but this is likely to be one of, if not the biggest awards under this scheme.”
Counsel in the case was Stephen Grime QC, of Deans Court Chambers in Manchester.
Compensation for similar cases which have occurred since 1996 has now been capped at £500,000.
GLP Solicitors at Bury, which has 20 staff and three partners, specialises in personal injury and compensation cases, with a particular interest in the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme.