Last updated on September 7th, 2021
If you have been sexually abused, you have a legal right to make a sexual abuse compensation claim against the abuser or organisation that allowed the abuse to happen.
Being sexually abused is nothing short of traumatising. Whether the sexual abuse was a one-time incident or it occurred over a period of time, the survivor may experience a range of emotions, from outright fear to a sense of absolute helplessness.
In the UK there are systems in place to offer support and counselling for sex abuse survivors. There are highly qualified mental health professionals who specialise in this particular area. In addition to counselling, the law also makes provisions to provide financial support to abuse survivors in the form of compensation.
To speak with a solicitor in confidence about a sexual abuse claim and to find out if you are due compensation please contact us today to arrange a free consultation.
The Impact Of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can result in deep scars that can take a long time to heal. Very often, the incident causes such a deep impact on the individual that they feel unable to get on with life or work. They may have recurring nightmares, experience frequent flashbacks, bouts of depression and mood swings, difficulty trusting people, and no longer enjoy things that they once found immense joy in.
Even though the sex abuse was not their fault in any way, survivors very often experience feelings of guilt, shame, denial and self-blame. Being sexually abused can lead to serious behavioural problems including addictions. Post-traumatic stress disorder is also common in abuse survivors.
Many people do not realise this right away but sexual abuse, including rape, can also affect the survivor financially. First of all, there are counselling sessions, which can be expensive. When you consider that an individual who is abused would more than likely require several sessions of counselling to help them get on with their life, the cost of the treatment can add up substantially.
If the person is unable to work as a result of the trauma, that loss of income adds to the financial impact of the sexual abuse. Because of the serious impact of abuse, there are legal provisions in place that allow anyone who has experienced sexual abuse to file a sexual abuse claim for compensation.
Making A Sexual Abuse Compensation Claim
You never want to pursue a sexual abuse compensation claim by yourself. Doing so would mean having to relive the trauma several times over. If you have experienced sexual abuse and want to make a compensation claim, the best thing to do is to look for an experienced personal injury solicitor who has dealt with sexual abuse compensation claims before.
Personal injury solicitors who are experienced in sexual abuse claims are tactful, discreet, and sensitive to what you are going through. They will go to great lengths to help you get the compensation that is due to you without putting you through additional distress. Your welfare is always given priority over all else.
No Win No Fee Sex Abuse Claims
When you have a personal injury solicitor to make your sexual abuse claim, the last thing you need to worry about is how you are going to fund your claim. Most solicitors will offer a first free consultation to anyone who has been sexually abused and is looking for legal advice. During this initial consultation, the solicitor will listen to you, ask you questions, and analyse any evidence that you have. Based on the information you’ve given them, they will let you know whether or not you should pursue a claim depending on the strength of your case.
If you do not have a strong case, it may be advised that you shouldn’t proceed. However, if you have a strong case for sexual abuse compensation it’s almost certain you would proceed with a No Win No Fee agreement. This contract states that your personal injury solicitor will essentially fund the case from start to finish. You are not liable to bear any expenses at any time during the proceedings. You only pay if your case is successful and you are awarded compensation for the sexual abuse.
What To Expect From A Personal Injury Solicitor
During the first consultation with a solicitor, they will want to listen to everything you have to say so they can understand exactly what happened. Talking through what has happened can be difficult for many people who have suffered sexual abuse but experienced solicitors in these type of claims understand this so there isn’t any need to worry. Your solicitor will make notes throughout and ask you uncomfortable questions. No matter how difficult it may be to recount the traumatic incident, you must try and answer honestly and give a detailed account of the incident or incidents.
The solicitor may also ask you to do a medical or psychological examination, so they can get a professional opinion on the full extent of your physical and any mental injuries. It is absolutely crucial that you do this at the earliest. These expert opinions will help support your sexual abuse claim and boost your chances of getting the maximum compensation that is due to you.
How Much Compensation For Sexual Abuse?
The exact amount of compensation for sexual abuse you can expect to claim will depend largely on psychiatric damage, the severity of physical injuries and the impact it has had on your quality of life, but that’s only a few of the many things that are taken into consideration when calculating compensation for sexual abuse. In general, you will also be compensated for all medical expenses including short and long term treatments, pain and suffering, loss of income, and loss of amenity. Speaking with a solicitor will allow them to factor in every detail and expense enabling them to calculate what compensation they believe you could claim for.
Most important of all, your personal injury solicitor will handle all negotiations on your behalf. At the same time they will make sure you understand and are updated on every step during the proceedings.
When you have a personal injury solicitor working on your sexual abuse claim, you know that they have your best interest at heart and will pull out all the stops to ensure that you get the compensation due to you without any additional stress or trauma.