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Abuse compensation lawyers

Abuse compensation lawyers

If you are the victim of a physical crime in the UK, there are three different ways you can make a personal injury claim for compensation. You can make a claim against the perpetrator directly (though ensuring compensation is paid can be difficult), you can make a claim against your employer or organisation responsible for your care, and finally you can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

A specialist assault and abuse lawyer will be able to advise you on which options are available to make a compensation claim. There is no need to wait for a successful criminal prosecution in order to make a claim. For Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims you need to claim within two years of the crime being committed, so we recommend you make contact with a lawyer as soon as possible.

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Mr Tim Cogan of TINSDILLS SOLICITORS in Stoke-on-Trent
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Personal injury - Fellow
Tim qualified in 1984. He specialises in claimant personal injury with over 25 years experience in the field, and is also on the Board of Managing Partners. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and a fellow of the Association of... Read more
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Neil is a Consultant and former managing partner of GLP Solicitors, Bury, Greater Manchester. He is a fellow and past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and an APIL accredited brain injury lawyer. He has been... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I specialise in all types of personal injury claims, including asbestos and abuse claims.  I am a Senior Litigator with APIL and am on the Law Scoiety Peronal Injury Panel. Read more
Mrs Maria Harvey of IRWIN MITCHELL LLP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a paralegal within the Serious Injury team, based in our Newcastle office. Our team specialises in helping individuals and their families following a serious injury or fatal accident; with a particular interest in helping people who have sustained... Read more
Mr Ross Whalley of LEIGH DAY in Manchester
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Ross is an Associate Solicitor specialising in workplace injury and cycling cases. He has worked exclusively in the field of personal injury for 15 years having qualified in 2006. He joined Leigh Day in 2015 to lead a team dealing with personal injury... Read more
Mr Iain Nicol of LEFEVRE LITIGATION in Edinburgh
Personal injury - Fellow
My background, for 29 years, has been pursuing compensation claims for accident victims and those who have suffered as a result of professional or medical negligence. Often clients have had life changing injuries and I fully appreciate that the work... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Before joining JMK in 2011 Sinead worked in general practice for 15 years on a wide variety of cases including personal injury litigation, road traffic accidents, accidents at work and clerical abuse claims. Sinead now works on high value litigation... Read more
Miss Angela Dobbs of EXPRESS SOLICITORS LTD in Manchester
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Richard, a Solicitor-Advocate and APIL Fellow, graduated from the University of Liverpool (the city of his birth) in 2002 with first class honours in law and from there studied at the college of law in Chester. He qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and... Read more
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Types of sexual and physical abuse claims

  • Sexual abuse
    • When an adult commits sexual acts upon a child, this form of abuse can be physical or non-physical. It can also include grooming, exposing a child to explicit images or taking part in explicit photographs or films.
  • Child abuse
    • This is abuse which has occurred to any individual when he or she was under 18 years old. It can include neglect, physical or emotional mistreatment or sexual abuse.
    • Claims can be brought against individuals or institutions, such as children’s homes, foster parents, social services, schools, religious institutions or sports clubs for example.
  • Elder abuse
    • As the population ages, the issue of elder abuse has come to the fore. Abuse can include neglect, sexual abuse, physical or emotional mistreatment, or financial mistreatment.
    • Claims can be brought against care homes, hospitals, carers (private or local authority) or family members.

Can I claim compensation for abuse caused by a family member or someone I know?

Yes you can. You should ensure that you instruct a solicitor who is familiar with dealing with these types of claims to ensure that you receive sensitive and appropriate advice.


Are there time limits for making abuse compensation claims?

There are, but in some circumstances, these can be extended. It is sometimes particularly difficult to discuss the abuse which has occurred and it can often take years for those who have suffered to be able to speak about it. The law has adapted to take this into account and a specialist lawyer in this area will be able to advise you, even if a long time has passed since the abuse took place.


Can I claim compensation if my abuser has died?

Yes, although you will need to take legal advice on this because it is not straightforward. When someone dies, their assets form part of what is known as their ‘estate’. If the abuser has died, but had sufficient assets (such as property, investments, insurance proceeds) then it is possible to claim compensation against the abuser’s estate. It the abuser was employed by an insured institution, for example a school or children’s home, then it may be possible to claim compensation from that employer even if the abuser is dead. Again, you should seek legal advice on this.


Other types of abuse and assault claim

  • Sentencing Act compensation order
    If your abuser has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to your abuse, the criminal court may make a compensation order against a convicted person. This order would require him or her to pay compensation to you for the personal injury, loss or damage which has resulted from the offence, or any other related offence. This must be taken into consideration by the court when it is deciding what sort of sentence to impose.
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
    This is a scheme which pays compensation based on a tariff. If you have sustained an injury which is directly attributable to you being a direct victim of a ‘crime of violence’ then it may be possible to apply for compensation from the CICA. The general rule is that an application must be received by the CICA as soon as possible after the criminal injury and in any event within two years after the date of that abuse. The CICA is able to extend this time limit in certain circumstances. The CICA can withhold damages or reduce the amount it pays in compensation for a number of reasons. These include where the abuse has not been reported to the police ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’; where the applicant has not cooperated to bring their assailant to justice or where the applicant has unspent convictions which indicate that their character makes compensation ‘inappropriate’.