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Abuse specialist solicitor acts for vulnerable client

Significant six figure sum after sexual abuse by care worker

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4 August 2011

Leigh Day solicitor, Maria Panteli, is experienced in representing vulnerable clients who have suffered personal injury at the hands of care, health or other professionals who have taken advantage of the position of trust they hold and have gone on to abuse the people in their care.

Sexual abuse by care worker

Maria acted for Y, a particularly vulnerable client with mental health problems in a successful claim for personal injuries against an NHS Trust after she was sexually abused by her care worker while she was receiving in-patient medical care and treatment from the Trust. 

Following the sexual abuse that Y suffered at the hands of her care worker she developed post-traumatic stress disorder, along with the worsening of her existing conditions which included anorexia nervosa, depression and anxiety.  The care worker with responsibility for Y took advantage of this extremely vulnerable client and sexually abused her.  Following a criminal trial, the care worker pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a female patient and received 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Court proceedings for a civil claim were issued and served.  In the course of the case, negotiations were entered into to try to reach a settlement without further recourse to the court and the claim was settled for a significant six-figure sum.

Please contact Maria on 020 7650 1200 if you would like more information.

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