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Manchester gas explosion victims receive six-figure payout

Investigators sift through the wreckage of the Salford explosion
Investigators sift through the wreckage of the Salford explosion

FIVE people injured in a gas explosion in Manchester three years ago have received compensation totaling a six figure pay-out.

The families, represented by Irish lawyer Sabrina McCarron, are still undergoing therapy after being injured in the blast in Salford, which saw 200 homes evacuated on November 2, 2010.

The explosion ripped through a row of terraced houses as 40 fire fighters and emergency services fought to save people trapped in their homes.

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In April this year gas fitter Paul Kay pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety guidelines after work he had carried out led to the explosion in a home on Merlin Road in Irlam. He was fined £1,000.

Serious Injury experts at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester Office have been supporting a number of victims since the blast, but finally revealed they had achieved an undisclosed ‘six figure sum’ for their clients this month.

Irwin Mitchell’s Sabrina McCarron, who represented the group, said: “Our clients have suffered hugely since the disaster, both physically and mentally and are still really coming to terms with the serious injuries they suffered as well as the psychological impact of losing their homes and many of their belongings.

She added: “This is something they will never forget and thankfully now that we have secured the settlements they can continue to access the necessary therapies and support to help them overcome the trauma.”

Those affected were given the keys to their newly rebuilt homes at the end of last year but have been continuing with their battle for answers as to why the accident happened and for access to the treatments they needed since the incident.

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Fiona Audley is Managing Editor with The Irish Post. You can follow her on Twitter @fifiaudley

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