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No win, no fee sexual abuse CICA claims

No win, no fee

You can be represented by a highly-experienced criminal injuries sexual abuse lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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Sexual abuse & rape compensation claims

Sexual abuse & rape compensation claims

We know that complete trust and confidence between ourselves, those who turn to us for help, and their families is one of the most important aspects of the service we provide to people making sexual abuse and rape compensation claims

That is why we have a dedicated team of specialist lawyers who have been selected not only for their legal expertise, but importantly because of their experience in working with people of all ages who have suffered sexual abuse.

Whilst compensation can often be recovered, we know it is access to other areas of support that is often the most valued aspect of our involvement.

A sexual abuse claim, however, can be a vital step towards finding some form of closure, bringing recognition of the suffering endured and its impact on lives.

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What can compensation be claimed for?

What can compensation be claimed for?

Any sexual contact without consent is considered assault and a victim is entitled to apply for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) once it has been reported to the police.

Compensation can be claimed for different types of abuse, including:

  • Rape.
  • Touching over and under clothing.
  • Drug-facilitated sexual assault.
  • Child sexual abuse.

Abusers can often be people in positions of trust and our experienced sexual assault claims team has handled cases involving family members, senior doctors and consultants, police officers, government-employed officials, school staff, and those linked to religious organisations.

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Specialist sexual assault claims lawyers

Specialist sexual assault claims lawyers

We have a dedicated team of specialist lawyers who have been selected not only for their legal expertise, but importantly because of their experience in working with people of all ages who have suffered sexual abuse.

At Hudgell Solicitors we are committed to:

  • Working hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
  • Assuring complete confidentiality and understanding at all times, with lawyers under obligation to keep identities and all information private.
  • Putting your emotional and psychological needs first.
  • Using our expertise to ensure all allegations of sexual abuse and rape are fully investigated.
  • Helping those affected to find a road to their best recovery, with relevant and effective support.
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How we gather evidence for sexual abuse CICA claims

How we gather evidence

Our experience in supporting survivors of abuse means we can often secure much of the evidence and information required from organisations such as police forces, social services and others directly, minimising the impact on our clients.

In order for us to pursue a claim, it is essential that a report has been made to the police and a full statement provided. We may also ask for:

  • Details of when the alleged assault was reported to the police.
  • Ideally, a police reference number.
  • If known, the name of the offender.
  • The date of any related criminal court case.
  • Contact details for any medical expert who has provided treatment.

We can then advise you as to whether your case should be pursued against an individual, an organisation, or through the CICA.

The first step is often the hardest but by getting in touch, we can get you the justice you deserve.

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How to make a sexual abuse claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2

Funding

We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

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Step 3

Submit CICA application

We will gather details of your claim, complete and submit an application online.

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Step 4

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and gather evidence to support any loss of earnings claim.

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Step 5

Negotiate Settlement

The CICA will confirm whether they accept your claim and, if accepted, they will make an offer. We will assess the CICA’s decision and advise you whether it should be accepted, reviewed or appealed.

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Step 6

Appeal

We will make submissions on your behalf in any appeal where we believe their decision or offer is incorrect.

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Feel free to give us a call or begin your claim online

Alternatively, call us now on 01482787771

Our client reviews

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
5 Stars
Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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FAQs

FAQs

What are the time limits for making a sexual abuse or rape claim?

Claims to the CICA should ideally be made within two years of the incident or abuse, or two years from the date of reporting the matter to the police.

For someone who was the victim of abuse when they were a child, they have until their 20th birthday to make their application.

However, because this is a highly sensitive area of law, where victims find it difficult to come forward, the time limits can be extended in certain circumstances, so we recommend that you take advice whatever your circumstances.

You do not need to wait until criminal court proceedings have been concluded in order to make a sexual abuse compensation claim. Clients often tell us they have been advised to wait until after criminal court hearings have been completed, but we always recommend seeking access to justice as soon as possible.

My abuser has died and was never prosecuted, can I still pursue a case?

Yes. We handle many cases where the abuser has died, even though the issue was never subject to a police investigation when they were alive.

Criminal injuries claims can be pursued, particularly if there is evidence from other potential victims who independently make similar allegations that are consistent in terms of the kind of abuse and circumstance.

The burden of proof is less in civil claims than in criminal cases. If enough evidence can be presented to demonstrate that sexual abuse was likely to have happened, claims can be successful.

How much compensation will I get for sexual assault or rape?

Depending on your case, damages could be through the CICA scheme, or perhaps against a state body which has failed in its duty to protect you from harm including police forces, local authorities, or religious organisations.

If your claim is made through the CICA, a clear tariff of compensation is set out for survivors of sexual crimes. Compensation for sexual abuse victims in the UK range from £1,000 to £44,000, with certain levels of compensation only available for child sexual assault.

Awards can be higher if you have a suffered psychological injuries.

Cases that are against individuals, organisations, and state bodies will not follow the above tariff and our lawyers will advise you about the potential damages you could receive.

You can find out more about the compensation we have secured in our ‘Client Stories’.

How long will the claim take?

The legal process can vary in length depending upon the evidence available to us and the considerations needed to ensure we can pursue the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.

We always make sure we work at a pace that our clients are comfortable with, whilst ensuring we meet the required deadlines to keep your case progressing towards a conclusion and that we complete all required investigations.

Can I claim if I was assaulted or raped by someone I lived with?

If you were abused or assaulted by someone you lived with you can claim compensation under the CICA scheme.

The scrapping of the ‘same roof rule’ in 2019 has paved the way for thousands of people to make new claims or appeal those previously rejected.

If you have previously been denied a settlement or told not to pursue a case due to the ‘same roof rule’, get in touch to start your claim.

Can I appeal a CICA award?

According to the CICA around 30% of its awards were changed following a successful appeal.

Applicants who disagree with a decision can request a review and, if still dissatisfied can appeal to an independent panel.

In one case our client, with the specialist support of our CICA claims experts, was eventually awarded almost £130,000 for physical and mental injuries following an earlier offer of £1,500.

Hudgell Solicitors are experts in Criminal Injuries Compensation Awards, we understand that as a victim of crime, how much compensation you are awarded from CICA, could depend on the evidence you submit with your claim.

Free legal advice could lead to a substantial increase to your CICA award.

Is the information I provide confidential?

Yes. Our focus is always on ensuring those who seek our help know they can do so with complete confidentiality, whether they initially turn to us for an informal discussion and general advice or wish to discuss the sexual abuse they suffered or was suffered by someone they know.

This means that your lawyer will be under obligation to keep identities secret and all the information you confide in us with.

We will always ask you first if you are comfortable with the information you provide to us being shared with others as part of the legal process, such as the CICA, and all information shared will of course remain strictly confidential, regardless of the outcome.

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