Just reading a report of a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority award to an un-named twenty-two year old man.
He receives £4,133,744 for multiple criminal injuries sustained when he was assaulted in June 1989.
Bilateral haemorrhage, subdural haematoma, diffuse injury to brain substance, fracture to right femur, fractured right tibia and fibula, broken rib and finger amongst the injuries.
Results – autistic tendencies, difficulties with social interaction and language development, abnormal behaviour, mild motor problems – dyspraxia.
The person responsible for irreversibly changing his life at only five months old?
His own mother.
The financial cost (which we as a society should not hesitate to shoulder for the innocent victim) is significant. The emotional and social cost, the sadness, the feelings of outrage and despair are simply unquantifiable.
Society has to find cleverer, more powerful ways to prevent this.