Client P was represented by Jonathan Bridge, Head of the Abuse Claims Department at Farleys in a claim against Lancashire County Council.
Client P was born in 1979 and suffered a difficult life. He was removed from his parents care and placed in Massey Hall. Massey Hall was a residential school in Warrington run by Lancashire County Council. The school closed in 2006 and since then more and more clients have come forward who were placed there and who suffered abuse.
Client P was at the school for 3-4 years. He would live at the school during term time and return home in the holidays.
Client P described a culture of abuse at Massey Hall. He referred to sexual abuse at the hands of the House Masters and at the hands of a Teacher. He described regularly being beaten. For somebody who was already vulnerable this represented a terrible start to his life.
Not surprisingly when he was introduced to a Consultant Psychiatrist as part of the legal process that Psychiatrist confirmed that client P was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The abuse had had a significant impact on his functioning and quality of life and was having an ongoing impact on his ability to foster healthy relationships and trust people. This in turn was affecting his employability.
Farleys took on his case and obtained disclosure of all relevant records including statements given to the Police and medical records. With the help of specialist Counsel a detailed Schedule of Loss was prepared and a settlement negotiated with the relevant Local Authority. Client P received the full £50,000.00 settlement with costs being paid in addition. Client P was delighted with the outcome stating that the settlement helped him, to an extent, put behind him his early life experiences and stating that the amount recovered was far in excess of the sum he had expected to receive.