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Claims arising from historic abuse

Recent publicity in relation to historic abuse claims reveals that physical and sexual abuse of children, both in the home and in institutional settings, has been a significant issue for many years. It is clear that the psychological impact of abuse can be devastating. Abuse suffered during childhood often continues to have an impact upon victims into adulthood and through into middle age and beyond.

Victims of abuse may find it difficult, or impossible, to recount their experiences. They may fear that they will not be believed, or worry that any time limits for bringing claims have long since expired. Without specialist support and advice they may find it impossible to seek any redress.

In many cases it may be possible to bring claims for compensation even decades after the abuse occurs. Claims may be possible against individual assailants or against organisations which owed a duty of care to the injured individual. In other cases claims may be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

It is critical that appropriate evidence is obtained to explain the impact of the abuse and the extent of psychological injuries. Without expert evidence to explain the timescale between abuse and submission of the claim, any attempt to seek compensation may be rejected. We have specialist experience at conducting claims arising from historic abuse and assault and can talk you through the process and support you at each step of the way.