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The Process for Child Abuse Claims

It can be overwhelming making a compensation claim because you have been abused as a child. We’ve outlined the process so you can prepare for what’s to come.

An initial chat

Once you get in touch, one of our team will assess your case free of charge. Our solicitors offer full, confidential consultations on the telephone, but can also see you at home, or at a place of your choosing, if you have a potential claim.

Arranging funding

If we establish that you have the basis of a case, the next thing we’ll do is discuss legal fees with you. We offer “no win no fee” agreements and more information about how they work can be found on the who will pay my legal costs page.

Investigating your case

We’ll then carry out initial enquiries including doing the following:-

  • If there has been a police investigation, we will ask for copies of your statements
  • If your abuser has been prosecuted, we will ask the Crown Prosecution Service and the Crown Court for relevant documents
  • If the claim is for negligence against social services, we may need to review your social services records to assess the possibility of success
  • Obtain and review any other relevant documents
  • Speak to witnesses if necessary once agreed with you

Progressing your case

Once the initial enquiries are done, we’ll meet with you (in person if you wish) to discuss your claim and agree a plan. We’ll:-

  • Advise you in more detail about how strong your claim is.
  • If necessary, discuss further funding options.
  • Advise you about time limits.
  • We may instruct a barrister (sometimes known as ‘counsel’) at this point. We work regularly with specialist abuse barristers and can instruct them on favourable terms.
  • Undertake further investigations including applying for your medical and educational records, as well as any other relevant documents.
  • Instruct a psychiatrist to interview you and provide a report for the case.
  • Formulate a strategy to progress your case.

Setting out the details of your claim

At this point, we’ll make the claim to the defendant or defendants, who may be the abuser and/or an institution such as The Catholic Church or the Scouts Association, or a Local Authority. This will typically mean drafting a formal letter to the defendant setting out the detail of your claim.

Response from the defendant

When we have the reports from the experts and psychiatrist, we’ll discuss them with you in detail, and at this point we should be in a position to value your claim accurately. From there we’ll draft the details of your financial losses.

By this time, we should have had a formal response from the defendants. If they admit responsibility, we may send them the evidence obtained and attempt to negotiate a settlement of your claim. If they don’t admit that they’re responsible, we’ll issue court proceedings and pursue the case to a trial if necessary. It’s important to note that the vast majority of cases (98%) don’t go to trial but are settled through negotiation.

Practice Areas

Do I have a claim?

There are a few specific steps we follow to determine if your compensation claim for child abuse will be successful:

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  • This was a very traumatic thing for me to deal with and Emily sensed when it was difficult for me and when it was all too much.  I spent my life with no one believing me until I met Emily, to have someone on my side was so lovely.  She…
    Anon
  • As with many other families who experience loss of a loved one, we were devastated when we suddenly and traumatically lost my sister, following her many years of pain and suffering.  At such a traumatic time in our lives, and with the ongoing effects of our loss, we found the…
  • The service was brilliant.  I was kept up to date and there was always someone to speak on the end of a phone or email.  I was kept fully informed all the time.  I cannot single out any one person because the whole team were amazing.  When one person left,…
    LG
  • Tommy and Kathleen were both brilliant.  The whole case was not the laborious task I thought it was going to be, they made it easy and relaxed as much as they could.  I dealt with Kathleen for 2-3 years in the beginning of my case and she was kind, compassionate,…

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