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Alton Towers roller-coaster victim likely to require 'substantial sum of damages'

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The lawyers of Victoria Balch, the woman from Leyland who was injured on the smiler ride at Alton Towers, have released a statement on behalf of her and her family. It said:

'Whilst it is anticipated that there will be a substantial claim for damages to support Victoria in her recovery, the main focus at present for the family is Victoria's well-being and ensuring that the investigation into the accident is carried out swiftly and vigorously. They have every confidence in the police and the Health and Safety Executive. It is expected that serious consideration will be given to criminal prosecutions. The family are distraught that a fun day out could turn into such a potentially life-changing disaster.'

– Paul Paxton, StewartsLaw

Victoria remains in hospital in a critical condition.