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Monday, 5 November, 2001, 15:13 GMT
Extra cash for school machete victim
Lisa Potts
Lisa Potts' arm was nearly severed in the attack
Former nursery nurse Lisa Potts, who was injured shielding children in a machete attack, has been awarded an extra 18,000 compensation.

Lisa Potts, 26, was slashed across the head, back, arms and hands as she shielded youngsters at her primary school in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, from a paranoid schizophrenic.

Miss Potts, who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, still requires surgery following the attack at St Luke's in 1996.

Her union, Unison, claim it has helped negotiate a final settlement which now amounts to 68,300.

I am very relieved to put all the legal arguments behind me and feel I can now move on with my life

Dave Prentis, UNISON

The money has come from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

But the award has been criticised by Unison's general secretary, Dave Prentis.

He said: "Even with this increase there is no way this award reflects the severity of the injuries that she suffered."

Mr Prentis said the union remained committed to ending the tariff system under which injuries are graded, and financial payouts given a ceiling.

Awards 'unfair'

Critics point to the size of payouts in libel cases, which can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds, as an indicator of the unfairness of the system.

Miss Potts, who was awarded the George Medal after the attack, said the extra money would help her focus on the future.

She said: "After five years of waiting I am very relieved to put all the legal arguments behind me and feel I can now move on with my life.

"I need to spend some time considering where I go next and I want to concentrate more on the future, not on the events of the past."

Her attacker, Horrett Campbell, was jailed for life.

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