Thusha's lawyer, Kara Smith, reveal family is struggling to get compensation
01 April 2012
01 April 2012
Lawyers for Thusha's family have revealed they are struggling to get compensation to help pay for the medical treatment she will need for the rest of her life.
They say her family could be in line for a payout of up to £500,000... but because of bureaucracy it could take a number of years before they receive it.
The family are entitled to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which supports any victim of crime who has been seriously injured.
But their solicitor Kara Smith, from law firm Stewarts Law, said their eventual payout would be a fraction of what they need to secure support for Thusha's long-term care.
She said: "Unfortunately, Thusha will be massively under-compensated because the maximum amount that she can recover is £500,000. If Thusha had sustained her injuries as a result of a road traffic accident, then it is likely that her claim would be valued at more than £5million."
As a result of the shooting, Thusha is paralysed from the chest down. The muscles and nerves in her legs and lower body are still there, but they are no longer controlled by her brain. Those nerves still work, but in spasms, which can be a hindrance rather than a help.
Damage to her spine has resulted in a domino effect on the rest of her body, affecting her legs, bladder and bowels.
As a result, she will need to return to hospital for regular therapy and has to take a daily cocktail of drugs to keep her body working.
Allison Graham, Thusha's doctor from Stoke Mandeville hospital, said in a statement to the court: "I do not expect now that her condition will improve."