Abuse Claims FAQs
Who will I speak to about making an abuse claim?
We know complete trust and confidence between ourselves and those we represent is one of the most important aspects of the support we provide. That is why we have a dedicated team of specialist lawyers supporting those who bravely come forward to discuss the abuse they have suffered, at any time in their lives.
Our abuse claims team is led by Renu Daly and Victoria Neale, lawyers with not only an expert understanding of the law around abuse claims, but also with experience and knowledge of the emotional and psychological impact abuse and assault has on those that have suffered. Renu and Victoria cover all cases of abuse handled by the firm, ensuring each and every person who turns to us is assured of sensitive, sympathetic and confidential support.
The abuse happened many years ago, can I still make a claim?
Time limits do apply to abuse claims, but you may be able to claim compensation even if the abuse occurred many years ago. If you have suffered abuse at any time in your life, call our team for advice on whether you are able to make a legal claim.
My abuser has died, can I still pursue an abuse compensation claim?
Yes. At Hudgell Solicitors we handle many cases where the alleged abuser has died, even though the issue was never subject to a police investigation when the alleged abuser was alive. Cases can still be successful, particularly if the allegations are made independently by more than one individual against the same person, and are similar in nature.
Who will my case be against?
If the alleged abuser has died, claims can be made against their estate. Alternatively, claims can be made against employers by holding them vicariously liable if the abuse took place through their job, such as a teacher, medical professional, carers or sports coach for example. Criminal injuries claims can also be pursued, particularly if there is evidence from other potential victims who independently make similar allegations which are consistent in terms of the kind of abuse and motivation.
How long will the claim take?
The process of making a claim can vary in length. In the early stages we will only ask for enough details about your experience to determine whether your claim is likely to proceed, and from whom you should claim damages. To gather evidence to support your claim and to build a strong case, you will need to disclose as many details about the nature of the abuse as you can, but this is something which will only be done when you feel ready to discuss. We are always committed to giving you the time you need.
How much money am I likely to receive?
For most people, financial compensation is not at the forefront of their mind when they contact us about starting a legal case. Our team will of course discuss the possible compensation outcomes for you in relation to physical or psychological injuries you have suffered. Medical evidence is usually required and any compensation agreed will reflect the psychiatric or psychological damage caused. Claims can be made through a civil claims procedure, or as part of a criminal injuries claim.
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