No5’s Adam Farrer acts for CICA in two catastrophic brain injury cases

Barrister Adam Farrer from No5 Chambers has acted for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in two catastrophic brain injury cases.

In March 2014, Farrer acted for CICA in relation to two 1990 Pre-Tariff Scheme claims brought by two applicants, who were adopted by a family as babies. Both applicants sustained severe brain injuries and fractures as a result of being shaken as babies. Both developed spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

They were both left with significant brain injuries causing visual impairment, virtually no speech, incontinence and a history of epilepsy. Both applicants were totally dependent upon others for all aspects of their care, including feeding. Neither applicant was mobile. The applicants were 19 and 21 years old and both had a reduced life expectancy, to the age of 48 and 49 respectively.

Awards totalling £4.1m and £4m respectively were made by the First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries). The awards allowed £270,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenity for each applicant, plus damages for past losses including gratuitous care. Future losses of approximately £3.5m were awarded for each applicant, including damages for care for life in a specialist residential setting, loss of earnings, holiday costs, specialist equipment, physiotherapy, SALT and occupational therapy treatment costs and Deputy/Court of Protection fees.

The applicants were represented by Colin McCaul QC and Anthony Reddiford.