Court Appeal in Corby steelworks Birth Defects Compensation Case
Corby council to deny toxic chemicals were to blame
The council at the centre of the steelworks birth defects case has voted to appeal against a High Court ruling that it was to blame for exposing the mothers of 16 children to toxic chemicals during their pregnancies. Corby Borough Council voted last night by a margin of 21 to 8 in favour of appealing the judgement, which was likely to lead to payouts upwards of £100,000 for each of the children affected.
In court, the council had denied that it had been negligent in the way its contractors had removed toxic waste and other materials from the old steelworks site in Corby between 1985 and 1999. The council also denied that there was a link between the chemicals on the site and the birth defects present in the even if some of the toxic materials from the site had escaped into the air and been blown onto nearby homes and offices.
For the families of the children born with birth defects, the appeal means that in all likelihood, any compensation payout to acknowledge their childrenís suffering is a long way off. At the council meeting, council members also voted to start a mediation process aimed at paying out of court settlements to the families, although these are likely to be lower than the amounts that would be awarded in court. Before news of the appeal, lawyers representing the families who had been affected estimated the 16 claims to be worth upwards of £100,000 for each child.
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