30 July 2009
Council may have to issue compensation to families of disabled children
A local authority may have to issue compensation after a group of families won a victory in their legal case against the organisation.
In total, 18 young people involved in the case have defects to their hands and feet which their legal representatives allege was the result of toxic chemicals being released into the air during reclamation work on land contaminated by an old steelworks.
Their families claim that the toxins interfered with the youngsters while they were in the womb, damaging foetal development.
During a recent hearing, Corby council was found to liable in all but two of the cases.
The council, which is headquartered on George Street in Corby, Northamptonshire, said it will consider whether to appeal the decision.
Speaking outside court after the ruling, Audrey Barfield, the mother of one of the youngsters, said: "I am over the moon, absolutely over the moon. We knew that we were right."