Canberra Raiders centre Curtis Scott is still carrying scars from his horrifying unlawful arrest following Australia Day celebrations, which is why his lawyer thinks he deserves $400,000 in damages.
Sam Macedone expected proceedings for the claim against NSW Police to begin in February.
Scott was pepper sprayed and tasered after the police woke him up under a tree in Sydney's Moore Park. He'd been out celebrating with teammates.
He not only spent the night in jail following his terrifying ordeal - all of which was captured on the police's own body camera footage - but he lost a sponsor and it affected his NRL form to the point he was dropped from the Raiders team.
The 23-year-old finally had a massive weight lifted off his shoulders when magistrate Jennifer Giles ruled the arrest as unlawful and ordered NSW Police to pay his legal fees in September.
While some reports stated they would be seeking $400,000 in damages, Macedone clarified that was simply what he thought Scott should get.
He said it was up to the court to decide the final figure, which would take into account a range of factors.
The final figure could fall anywhere between $0-$750,000.
Macedone was finishing up for the year on Tuesday, but will return from holidays in January.
He was hopeful civil proceedings would begin a few weeks later.
"I haven't instructed anything this year, but definitely going ahead next year. It's up to the court what they decide in due course," Macedone said.
"You don't ask for anything - you ask for damages. It's up to the court to decide. My opinion is he should get around $400,000, but it's not up to me."
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It will be up to the court to decide that figure.
Macedone will outline not only the physical, mental and emotional damage Scott underwent - all of which was graphically shown in court and led to his seven charges, including two counts of assaulting a police officer, to be thrown out - but also the financial impact it had on the young Raider.
Scott lost his Nike sponsorship as a result of the charges and also lost his place in the Green Machine team following the win over St George Illawarra in round eight - before returning to the side four weeks later.
His season came to an end due to an ankle injury he suffered against Canterbury in round 16.
"The injury, the trauma, loss of sponsorship - all will come into the decision - how it affected his career, the psychological affect," Macedone said.
"We won't leave anything out. It all depends at the end of the day what the court decides."
Macedone said Scott was still carrying the affects of his ordeal long after he'd recovered from the physical impact - even after he'd recovered from his season-ending ankle surgery.
"Last I heard of him he's doing OK. I think he's back training after the surgery on his ankle," he said.
"This has certainly left some scares - being put through the court system ... it all has an affect. You don't come out of these things unscathed."