Historic abuse survivors are legally able to receive compensation for what happened to them in the past, and we are here to help with any legal advice you might have.
It can be extremely difficult to reveal what has happened to you, and you might feel like you are reliving it once again by bringing it all to the forefront of your mind, but our trained solicitors are here to help you in the most comforting and effective way possible.
What is historical abuse?
Historical abuse is abuse that occurred when an individual was under the age of 18. It can have happened once or multiple times, and it can have been just one year ago or even 40 years ago. It’s all historical abuse. The type of abuse can have psychological, physical, sexual or any other type. It can also often be found that adults have only just understood that what happened to them in the past was in fact abuse.
How to begin your historical abuse compensation claim
The first step is finding the right solicitor for you, you want to ensure that you feel comfortable with your solicitor and that they are well versed in dealing with historical abuse compensation claims. Here at TDP Solicitors we have a number of trained and highly expert solicitors who have dealt with these claims before. We can talk you through the next steps and give you an estimate on the amount of compensation that you’re likely to receive once we have reviewed your case.
CICA Rules for historic claims
When applying for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) there are rules that must be adhered to, this includes that the abuse must be reported to the police. If it was reported in the past then you will need to show good reason why you didn’t move forward with your compensation claim within the typical two years time span that is usually applied to a CICA claim.
Historic abuse claims – what can you claim for?
When making an historic abuse claim there are a number of different things that you can claim for, these include general damages, such as the abuse you encountered and the pain and suffering it caused you. You can also claim for expenses that this historical abuse caused you, this could be such things as medical expenses for therapy you might have used, loss of earnings, or travel expenses. It is also possible to file a care claim, which compensates a family member or friend or might have had to take care of you whilst you suffered through your historic abuse.
Historic abuse compensation
Getting compensated for historical abuse that you suffered isn’t going to be the miracle cure you need to move on with your life, but the financial gains can definitely help to rebuild your life and help you move forward with financial security as an added bonus. The amount of compensation that you receive is completely dependent on the extent of the injuries you suffered, as well as the impact it has had on every aspect of your life.
We are here to help guide you through your historic compensation claim and give you the legal advice you need, we can also point you in the right direction for when it comes to support that you might need during and after your claim.