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It is One Punch Awareness Week (19-23 September) organised by the charity One Punch UK, which aims to raise awareness of the devastation that one punch can cause victims and their families.
One Punch UK was set up in 2015 by Maxine Curl and her partner Anthony after suffering the loss of Maxine’s son, Kristian Thompson. Aged just 19, he was punched in the head on a night out in an unprovoked attack, sustaining a catastrophic and fatal brain injury.
The charity is dedicated to the memory of Kristian and works to prevent more senseless deaths and severe injuries by visiting schools and prisons to educate others about the life-changing consequences a single punch can have. They also work with drug and alcohol harm reduction groups because substance abuse can fuel violent behaviour.
One Punch Awareness Week is supported by a range of organisations, including the Brain Injury Group which offers a package of support to brain injured people and their families.
On Friday 23 September, One Punch UK is encouraging people to wear red and blue (the official colours of the campaign), and donate to One Punch, with 100% of all donation going direct to the charity. It is hoped the week will not only raise awareness of the dangers of senseless violence but money for the charity to continue its work.
Maxine, the founder of One Punch, recently discussed with the Brain Injury Group the struggle she had to get the right support following the death of her son, while she was making a fatal injury claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The CICA is a government body that operates a compensation scheme for the victims of violent crime. The CICA scheme can also give compensation to certain family members or dependents of a person who has died due to criminal violence.
At Novum Law, our specialist personal injury solicitors have helped many people claim maximum compensation for severe injuries sustained in criminal assaults. We can support you or a family member claim maximum compensation either against the person (or people) to blame or through the CICA.
Tom Hartigan, a specialist personal injury solicitor from our Salisbury team, says:
“Just one, single devastating punch can wreck people’s lives. Violent assaults are never trivial, and it is a tragedy when people lose their lives or suffer severe brain injuries due to a split-second decision in the heat of the moment.
“If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of a violent attack or a family member has tragically died, you are not alone. Our advice is to speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer who specialises in CICA claims as soon as possible.
“The CICA scheme is there to help victims of violent crime claim compensation, giving you the best possible chance of securing the support and compensation you need to get justice and move forward with your life.”
Novum Law’s expert team of personal injury lawyers have many years’ experience of helping those affected by serious brain and head injuries, and can offer our help on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.
Contact our friendly, professional team now for a free, no obligation chat to find out how we can help you. Call 0800 884 0777, email us at email@example.com or complete our online enquiry form.
If you would like to support One Punch Awareness Week, donations can be made via the One Punch UK charity’s website or you can donate £3 by texting AWARENESSWEEK to 70560.
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