Abuse Victim Of Foster Carer Patrick Gallagher Secures Settlement
Nottingham abuse victim Jordan Scott, who is now 25 years old, has come forward about the suffering he experienced by his former foster carer, Patrick Gallagher, following his settlement.
Gallagher was a foster carer and volunteered as a swimming coach and at a youth club. He was jailed for life at Nottingham Crown Court in May 2011, for more than 50 charges of abuse against 16 young boys from 1998 and 2010, including abuse against Jordan.
Jordan was abused by Gallagher in July 2004, where he was placed in his care for two weeks for respite care. Jordan was the only child staying with Gallagher at the time. Jordan has come forward and said how he has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since then. He has waived his right to anonymity and is urging victims of abuse to come forward.
Jordan has successfully received a settlement from Nottinghamshire County Council for the abuse he suffered, saying:
“It remains incredibly difficult to talk about and the whole experience undoubtedly has had a traumatic impact on me.”
“Through the years I’ve suffered with so many different things – suicidal thoughts, weight loss and low moods. In more recent times I’ve developed anxiety, nightmares and panic attacks.”
“I don’t know if I will ever truly come to terms with what happened but I am determined to try and not let this man ruin my life. I want to try and look to the future.”
“I just hope that by speaking out others who have been abused feel that they don’t have to go through what happened to them alone.”
“Issues like abuse are under the spotlight more than ever before and people can be confident that others will listen to their concerns.”
Here to help victims of carers like Patrick Gallagher
Jordans Solicitors have a specialist team of lawyers that deal with child abuse compensation claims. We successfully represent numerous victims that have suffered physical and sexual abuse at various institutions, including Nottinghamshire Children’s Home.
Our child abuse lawyers have successfully managed to settle claims against Nottinghamshire County Council, and have even managed to obtain a formal apology from the Council for our client.
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If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans Solicitors successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or 0330 300 1103.