Electric shock victim to receive payout after catastrophic brain injury

The mother of an 11-year-old Perth girl, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after a severe electric shock at their public housing property, says she expects to get an ex-gratia payment from the state government.

Denishar Woods was shocked with up to 230 volts when she touched a garden tap at a Beldon property in March.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley met her mother Lacey Harrison on Wednesday and said he supported her right to take legal action against the state government.

Ms Harrison said it was likely the case would be settled out of court if the family received the support Mr Tinley outlined in a five-point-plan.

Denishar Woods was shocked with up to 230 volts when she touched a garden tap at a Beldon property in March. Source: 7 News

“At the end of the day it’s not worth the hassle, I need to be there for my daughter and my kids,” she told AAP on Thursday.

Doctors have said Denishar is incontinent and wheelchair-bound, however, Ms Harrison is hopeful she will regain more speech.

“She said Nan the other day and sometimes she gets frustrated because it’s like she wants to say more but just can’t,” Ms Harrison said.

Denishar was meant to go home on June 8 but has remained in hospital as the property has not been altered to suit her needs.

“First we urgently need to modify the shower and house, transport, then an ex-gratia payment,” Ms Harrison said.

A young Perth girl injured by an electric shock has reached a new milestone. After three months in hospital Denishar Woods was allowed to go home for a few hours on Sunday.

She said Mr Tinley appeared “very genuine” about helping her family and had tears in his eyes when she spoke of the difficulties her daughter would face for the rest of her life.

But Ms Harrison also reminded the minister they wouldn’t be going away.

“We’re talking about a child here,” she said.

Ms Harrison was supported by National Indigenous Critical Response Service chief Gerry Georgatos, who said it was emotional for all concerned.

“Recognising that Denishar will never enjoy her childhood … that she will never have children … and recognising the rest of life impacts on her siblings and her single parent mother,” Mr Georgatos said.

He said he also believed the case would be settled out of court.