Sexual Abuse Claims
Sexual abuse affects people of all ages, and can be an extremely traumatic and distressing experience for victims, often affecting them and their lives for years to come.
We understand here at MG Legal that no amount of money or financial compensation can change what has happened, or make up for the pain that sexual abuse has caused. However, compensation for sexual abuse allow victims to begin to rebuild their lives, and move on, mentally, from what has been an awful time in their lives.
If you, your child, or your loved one has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault of any kind, get in touch with our specialist solicitors today to begin your sexual assault claim, and receive the compensation and support that you need.
A guide to sexual abuse claims:
What is a sexual abuse claim?
Sexual abuse and sexual assault can happen in a number of different ways, and can happen to anybody at any age. When many people think of sexual abuse, their minds instantly go to children, young adults and women being the victim, but in reality, there are equally a large number of cases in which men of all ages have been subject to sexual abuse or sexual assault, whether an isolated incident or over a period of time.
No matter how major or minor you believe that the act of abuse was, you could still be eligible to make a sexual abuse claim against the person who abused you, and claim financial compensation for any physical or psychological injuries or illness suffered as a result. You could also be eligible to other assistance, such as support and advice from the NHS, see more on this here.
Some of the most common acts of sexual assault leading to a sexual abuse claim include physical rape or penetration, victims being forced to perform or receive a sexual act, victims being forced to undress by another person, and victims being forced to watch or witness sexual activities.
If you have experienced any of these acts, or sexual abuse of any kind, you could have suffered physical or psychological injury or illness as a result, and could still be suffering to this day. If you have any questions whatsoever, and wish to speak to a specialist solicitor for a free, confidential chat about your potential sexual abuse claim, simply get in touch today and this can be arranged at a time that suits you. Our team are here to ensure that the process is kept stress-free for all of our clients, and act with care and compassion to ensure full client confidentiality at all times.
What can I claim for in a sexual abuse claim?
When you choose to make a sexual abuse claim, the claim can be broken down into a number of different ‘damages’ and types of compensation that can be awarded to clients.
Generally speaking, these damages in sexual abuse claims can be broken down into;
Personal injury compensation- this will be related to any physical injury sustained from the sexual assault, whether internal or external. This value, if applicable, will be determined based on the type and severity of the injuries sustained
Psychological damages- This is a huge part of sexual abuse claims, as the guidelines in place specifically state that sexual abuse claims “usually include a significant aspect of psychiatric or psychological damage”. When this amount is calculated, it will factor in a number of things, such as how the event has impacted the personal and professional life of the victim, the costs of any treatments, and the future prospects of the psychological damage.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- In sexual abuse claims, the compensation for PTSD is separate from that of psychological damages. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder comes from a specific diagnosis, separate from that of other psychological illnesses. If it has not already been diagnosed, as part of your sexual abuse claim, MG Legal will arrange a meeting with a specialist psychologist, and will ensure that this compensation is included in your sexual abuse claim where necessary.
Special damages- on top of the compensation for the sexual abuse itself, and the damage that it has caused to you as the victim, your sexual abuse claim could also include a number of other losses which can help to re-pay victims for any financial losses that they have suffered because of the sexual assault. This could include medical costs, loss of income from time off work, future loss of income, or therapy costs. These will be calculated on a purely individual basis.
For more information on your specific sexual abuse claim, and to see how much your potential claim could be worth, simply contact MG Legal today here, for a free, confidential chat with one of our specialist solicitors.
How much is my sexual abuse claim worth?
As can be seen above, where we broke down the different damages and types of compensation that can go into a sexual abuse claim, no two sexual abuse cases are the same, and often, no two victims of sexual assault are affected in the same way by the abuse that they suffered. Because of this, sexual abuse claims are particularly difficult to estimate in value, and a simple ‘compensation calculator’ cannot be accurately used in valuing these claims.
If you would like to learn more about how much your specific sexual abuse claim may be worth, whether openly or anonymously, then this can be easily arranged with our specialist abuse solicitors.
Simply get in touch online, here, and speak to a solicitor at a time that suits you, in a way that suits you. Our team are available for email correspondence, phone calls, in-person meetings, and even home visits, to ensure that you feel completely comfortable at all times throughout the process.
What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, or CICA, is a compensations scheme through which compensation for injuries caused by a physical or violent act can be claimed.
The process can be fairly complicated, and it is always best to work with an experienced solicitor, who knows the process well, and who you trust will obtain the best outcome with your sexual abuse claim.
For a full overview of the CICA process, and to learn ‘How does the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Work?’, see this here.
How long do I have to make a CICA sexual abuse claim?
From the date at which the sexual abuse takes place, or the date at which the police were notified of the sexual abuse, there is a 2-year time limit within which victims can make a sexual abuse claim for financial compensation. This is subject to the Limitation Act of 1980.
However, due to the sensitive and difficult nature of acts of sexual abuse, it is not uncommon for extensions to be granted to claimants as to how long they have to make a sexual abuse claim.
If you are considering making a sexual abuse claim and wondering how long you have to do so, or wish to obtain an extension in order to make a sexual abuse claim for an event from the past, simply contact MG Legal today, here, to speak to a specialist solicitor about your options.
How to make a CICA sexual abuse claim?
If you are looking to make a sexual abuse claim, the most important step is to reach out to a specialist abuse solicitor as soon as possible, so that they can assist you in the building of your sexual abuse claim.
Sexual abuse claims can be particularly emotionally challenging for claimants to make, and so it is important that you take the time to find an expert solicitor who will act with compassion and empathy in your sexual abuse claim, as well as ensuring proper confidentiality, and anonymity where requested, is withheld.
When you work with MG Legal, you will have a designated solicitor assigned to your case, who will be the person that you speak to throughout the process, and will handle everything about your file. Unlike other firms, your case will not get passed around, or forgotten about, and your designated solicitor will be on hand at any time to answer any questions, queries, or worries that you may have.
Sexual abuse claim- a case study with MG Legal:
Our expert solicitors at MG Legal have recently successfully settled a sexual abuse claim for our client, Mrs W, who experiences historic sexual child abuse as a minor. The sexual abuse took place around 30 years ago, and occurred at our client’s place of work when she was younger.
After accepting the sexual abuse claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, Mrs W’s designated solicitor got to work straight away on building her sexual abuse claim to be as strong as possible. This included sending out the necessary Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) forms sent out to our client, assisting her with the process of filling in these forms properly and fully, answering any questions she had, and ensuring that the forms were submitted in due time and no mistakes were made which could slow down the claims process.
As a result of the legal assistance and support that MG Legal provided to our client, and the strength of the sexual abuse claim, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) quickly accepted the claim and awarded financial compensation to our client, of around £3,500. After this was done, Mrs W’s designated solicitor was able to accept the compensation amount on her behalf, and handle the arrangement of this money being paid to her. This allowed our client to remain stress-free throughout the process, knowing that everything was being taken care of by her expert solicitor at MG Legal regarding her historic sexual abuse claim.
Care home sexual abuse claim:
Our care homes and nursing homes are where some of the most vulnerable people in our society go to receive the care and assistance that they need. While this is what happens in the large majority of cases, there are some instances in which those employed to care for our elderly and vulnerable relatives abuse the power that they have been given, and instead use it to inflict abuse onto their patients.
When this happens, it can be extremely distressing, first and foremost for the vulnerable victim of the care home sexual abuse, but also for their family and loved ones. Many times, relatives feel a sense of guilt after abuse happens in this way, and wrongly believe that it is somewhat their fault for making the decision for their loved one to be placed into residential care, or into a particular care home where the abuse took place.
But this should never be the case. No matter the situation, as the relative or loved one of a care home resident who has been the victim of sexual abuse, you are in no way to blame for the incident. If you wish to make a sexual abuse care home claim, in order to gain at least some sense of justice for the acts that have happened, and obtain financial compensation for yourself or your loved one, you can do so through a sexual abuse claim with our expert solicitors.
Our team are well experienced in care home abuse claims of all kind, see our page dedicated to this here.
Sexual abuse at work claim:
Recent studies have shown that sexual harassment in the workplace affects over half of UK women. These are concerning statistics, but it is important to remember that workplace sexual harassment and sexual abuse does not exclusively affect women, and that many men suffer from similar abuse every day.
With complicated power dynamics, and concerns over job security, or even being believed, many people endure sexual assault at work as simply part of the job, and are scared to come forward about what they have experienced. This is evident in the findings of this same study, which shows that around 80% of those affected did not report the sexual abuse in any way, or take legal action regarding it.
Sexual abuse or harassment of any kind is not okay in the workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act of 1974, all employers have a responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all people in the workplace. If you feel that you have experienced sexual abuse in the workplace, or sexual abuse at work, of any kind, you could be eligible to make a sexual abuse claim for financial compensation. This could be made either against your employer in the form of an accident at work claim, or against the person responsible for the abuse through a CICA criminal assault claim.
To learn more about how your specific claim will work, do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist accident at work solicitors, who are well experienced in all aspects of workplace abuse claims, including sexual abuse claims.
Child abuse claim:
Unfortunately, one of the most common kinds of sexual abuse claims that our teamwork on are those involving minors and children. Many abusers see children and young people as easy targets, and believe that they can get away with inflicting pain or abuse onto them more easily than an adult. When it comes to the victims of child abuse and child sexual abuse, it is fairly common for them to avoid making a sexual abuse claim for what they experienced until many years later. Many victims are ashamed of what they went through, and at the time choose instead not to tell anybody and try to at like the abuse did not happen.
This is understandable, and when a claim is made further down the line, this is known as a historic child abuse claim. As previously mentioned, it is not uncommon for extensions to be granted to the time period within which a sexual abuse claim can be made, and historic child abuse claims are one of the most common scenarios in which this takes place.
There are many environments within which child abuse can take place, these include:
Child abuse at home by a relative or family friend
Child abuse in school
Child abuse in sports clubs
Child abuse in scouts or other youth groups
Religious child abuse within a church or religious organisation
Child abuse in a children’s care home
Whether you or your child has been subject to sexual child abuse in one of these scenarios, or in any other setting, either recently or in the past, then our specialist solicitors could help you make a child abuse claim for financial compensation. We are here to fight for the justice you deserve, and obtain the financial compensation you deserve to help to rebuild your life after what you have suffered.
Will I have to go to court to make a CICA sexual abuse claim?
In the large majority of cases, sexual abuse claims can be settled out of court, much like standard personal injury claims. This will usually require a police report to be made for the sexual abuse, and allows claimants to obtain financial compensation without having to go to court or face their abuser. However, as with all claims, some of the more complex sexual assault claims will require a court hearing. If this is the case, your designated solicitor will be on hand at any time to talk you through every step of the process, and assist you throughout. MG Legal will fight tooth and nail in court with the help of leading barristers in order to ensure the best possible outcome for your sexual abuse claim.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE sexual abuse claim
If you are looking to make a sexual abuse claim with the best legal representation, then look no further than MG Legal. When we accept your sexual abuse claim, we will do so on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, allowing you as our client to make a sexual abuse claim at no financial risk whatsoever. This means that if we do not successfully win case, and obtain financial compensation on your behalf, then you do not owe us a penny.
To learn more about our amazing team, and what we do for our clients, read our glowing reviews here. Or, to speak to a specialist solicitor today about how we can help with your sexual abuse claim, and to learn why we are the team for you, do not hesitate to get in touch here, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free, completely confidential discussion with a solicitor.