Child Abuse Compensation: A client's guide

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Who are BL Claims Solicitors

BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

Child abuse compensation claims are complex. They frequently involve difficult questions of limitation, negligence, causation and quantum. When approaching a child abuse lawyer many victims of child abuse do not know what to expect. Below you will find an overview of the main steps for bringing a child abuse compensation claim with us.

Contact a child abuse Lawyer

Our clients usually contact us in one of two ways; either by telephone (0344 620 6600) or by filling in our Contact form, in which case we will usually contact you within two days.

In the initial telephone call we will ask some very basic questions about your claim for child abuse compensation. We will listen to what you have to say and tell you how we might be able to help.

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Appointment to discuss your compensation claim

Usually within a few days of their first call, our clients visit us at our offices to discuss how we can proceed. This is our first opportunity to discuss your claim in detail with you. At this stage we will take a brief statement from you and will fully understand your abuse claim. We understand that talking about your abuse can be difficult, so we are sensitive and discreet in how we ask our questions and are receptive to your answers.

Once this meeting has taken place we will write to you explaining what your choices then are.

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Your claim for abuse compensation

Do you have a viable claim for compensation? Many survivors, former victims of child abuse, bring their claims long after the abuse has happened. The law sets time limits by which claims must be issued in the courts. These limitation rules are complex, but we are expert in them. The slightest delay can sometimes be fatal to a compensation claim. Whatever your situation; our advice is always to see a child abuse lawyer as soon as possible.

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Helping child abuse survivors

We focus on getting a monetary result for your claim. It is not very often that a defendant, such as a local authority, will offer a formal apology in addition to making a payment of damages; we will discuss this when you come to see us and expand upon it in our letter to you.

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What will it cost?

Many child abuse survivors are worried about the cost of bringing a claim; we are here to help and explain. We have a licence to undertake publicly funded work in these types of claims and we can make an application to the Legal Services Commission on your behalf.

If you’re not entitled to public funding, we may be able to offer you a conditional fee or “no-win no-fee” agreement.

In addition, it is possible to insure against the risk of losing a litigation case. We are members of Accident Line, a Law Society approved legal expenses insurance scheme. The scheme can cover most child abuse compensation claims, but if your case is not eligible, there’s no need to worry, we’ll arrange an alternative legal expenses package for you. Sometimes you might even be covered by your household insurance policy.

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Who your child abuse claim will be against?

Victims of child abuse often have a number of different options for making a compensation claim. You may be able to make your claim:

  • To the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority if you are a victim of a “crime of violence”.
  • As a civil claim against your abuser directly.
  • Against someone who was responsible for you at the time of the abuse and who failed to protect you from that child abuse.
  • Against a local authority.

We have expertise in all of the above types of claims, and will be able to advise on what is the most appropriate course of action.

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Starting your child abuse compensation claim

Once you have agreed for us to start your claim, we will begin to obtain evidence and will make contact with the person, company or authority identified in the letter that we wrote to you. We will ask you to visit a medical expert who specialises in helping victims of child abuse.

Cases can take time to prepare and it is usual for the entire process to take over a year, however, the child abuse lawyer assigned to your case will regularly keep you up-to-date and informed as to how your case is progressing.

In a high proportion of child abuse compensation claims a settlement is offered; this has the advantage that you will not need to give evidence in court. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such an offer and help you make the right choice for your abuse compensation claim if this arises.

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BL Claims Solicitors are here to help

If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at info@blclaims.co.uk