Child abuse compensation

Child abuse compensation claims are complex and often involve painful and difficult discussions. Our Personal Injury team has the skills and expertise to make sure that each child abuse case is handled sensitively and professionally to ensure that substantial compensation claims are made against those responsible.

Child abuse compensation claims may result from sexual, physical and emotional abuse in your childhood. Our personal injury lawyers are well aware that such abuse is a trauma that is difficult to overcome as it often involves violation of trust. All conversations relating to any incident regarding child abuse will be held in strictest confidence as our personal injury lawyers understand the need for complete discretion in such matters.

The claim for child abuse can be brought against individuals or against institutions that allowed the abuse to take place (social services, care homes, children's homes and religious organisations) and were responsible for the actions of their employees. The civil law cannot punish the offender but it can give you compensation for your physical and psychological injuries as well as enabling you to get counselling and therapy. Bringing a civil claim can also help others who are being abused.

Initially, we will advise you whether a compensation claim is possible. Many victims of child abuse decide to make a compensation claim long after the abuse has happened. Our child abuse legal specialists are experts in the complex rules that apply to how long after an abuse occurred that you can make a claim. The sooner such a claim is made the better, and we can give you the expert advice you need on where you stand as regards time limits to making a child abuse compensation claim.

For many child abuse survivors, there is a concern about the cost of making a claim. Our Personal Injury team is able, in some cases, to make an application to the Legal Services Commission for public funding for your child abuse compensation claim. If you’re not entitled to public funding, we may be able to offer you a conditional fee agreement, also known as a “no-win no-fee” agreement.

The types of child abuse compensation cases our Personal Injury team legal specialists handle include:

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

Our personal injury solicitors begin the claim by obtaining evidence, which includes making contact with the person, company or authority we are making a child abuse compensation claim against. We will also ask you to visit a medical expert who specialises in helping victims of child abuse.

It can take a long time to prepare your case and commonly takes over a year. During this time, the child abuse lawyer assigned to your case will regularly keep you up-to-date as to how it is progressing.

In a high proportion of child abuse compensation claims, a settlement is offered. This means 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.

Our clients choose BL Claims Solicitors to handle their child abuse compensation claims because:

  • We are acknowledged leaders in the field and understand the sensitivity and need for total confidentiality and discretion in child abuse cases
  • Our legal team has, collectively, many years of experience in winning personal injury compensation claims
  • We talk to our clients in jargon-free language
  • We act quickly so clients get the compensation and care they need as soon as possible
  • We are members of industry bodies and panels related to personal injury, which means that BL Claims Solicitors is recognised as being a leader in the legal industry
  • You will discuss your case with a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset.

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