A man has received compensation after suffering a serious brain injury during an assault. After the attack he managed to secure the maximum award of compensation available under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
Andrew, who does not wish to disclose his last name, had been serving as an army medic at the time of the assault. He was attacked while leaving a pub. He sustained damage to his brain and as a result of this has been unable to work since the attack.
He first applied to for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme on his own. However, his claim was refused on the basis that he had provoked the attack. He then hired a lawyer to appeal the decision. The Appeals Panel held that the original decision was wrong and that although Andrew was partially responsible for the attack, he was still entitled to compensation on a 50% basis. Due to the extremely serious nature of his injury, he was entitled to the maximum payout of £500,000.
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