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Just rewards

We are pleased to report that, after five years, a SHA member has been awarded substantial compensation for injuries suffered during an attack by intruders on his school premises.

He was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion, but it wasn't until weeks later that panic attacks started and he was unable to concentrate on work.

Not being able to carry out his duties, with the support of a SHA field officer he received access to his pension at age 50 and retired in August 2000.

He recalls: "As I gradually made a semblance of recovery I was aware I should have had treatment and a substantial period of recuperation prior to returning to work after the assault. It was also obvious that I should have retired on health grounds.

"I continued to suffer crippling panic attacks, chronic anxiety and social isolation as I waited for CICA to hear my case for compensation. Throughout this period I was supported by SHA who engaged solicitors and barristers to represent my claim.

"Perhaps more important to me than the compensation was the fact that this was the first time the 'establishment' had recognised that I was ill and needed assistance.

"It is necessary to move on but I am certain I would not be in a position to do so if I had not had the unequivocal support of SHA over the last five years."

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