Client C has recently successfully concluded a claim having suffered sexual abuse at the hands of John Michael Creagh whilst a member of the 37th Ormskirk St Annes Scout Group in the 1970’s.
This was an interesting claim where Farleys were consulted by a victim of John Creagh who had been convicted of historical sexual abuse whilst working as a Scout Leader.
The initial difficulties faced in pursuing the claim were overcoming limitation. Any claim for Personal Injury should normally be brought within three years of the incident or of the Claimant attaining majority (therefore by 21 years of age).
Client C was 57 years of age and over 40 years out of time for bringing the claim. Medical evidence was sought which not only helped to establish the value of the claim but also the reasons for the Claimant’s delay in coming forwards.
Thereafter corroboratory evidence was obtained from various sources to establish the abuse that took place including medical records, educational records and police records.
Protracted correspondence was entered into with the solicitors acting on behalf of the Scout Association and an out of Court settlement was reached whereby compensation of £30,000 was paid. The medical evidence suggested that the Claimant had suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and would require treatment at a cost of approximately £5,000 and the settlement negotiated reflected the pain and suffering the Claimant had undergone and the cost of the treatment that he now needs.
Client C was delighted with the outcome, thanking the team at Farleys for all their efforts on his behalf over the months that it took to conclude the claim.