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Physical & Sexual Abuse Claims

Medical And Hospital Abuse Claims

If you or a family member has experienced abuse in a medical or hospital setting, then our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

We put a great deal of trust in medical staff, whether they're our local GP, hospital employees, or specialist doctors, relying on them for our care when we become ill. When this trust is abused, it can be incredibly traumatic, as well as seriously impacting your health and wellbeing.

Our abuse team contains specialist medical and hospital abuse lawyers who have significant experience of acting on behalf of vulnerable people who've been abused by doctors, health professionals, hospital employees or volunteers, and even other patients.

We approach all medical abuse claims with care, sensitivity and confidentiality, putting the needs of you and your family first at all times.

Contact us today on 0800 022 3503 for a free, no-obligation consultation on your case, or contact us online and we'll get back to you. One of our solicitors will go over your situation with you, and offer their advice on your options.

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Medical And Hospital Abuse Claims - More Information
    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. You may be eligible for legal aid, or be covered by legal expenses insurance (LEI) or a trade union policy. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Do You Handle Legal Aid Cases?
    • Yes, legal aid may be available for some types of abuse cases.

      Legal aid is means-tested. We can help you with the application process for this and, if you do not qualify, we will explore other types of funding such as No Win No Fee* agreements.

      If you’d like to discuss whether you can make an abuse claim using legal aid, then please call one of our specialist team on 0800 022 3503.

    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances of your abuse, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from legal aid or a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same four stages:

      • Investigation. We'll take a full history from you, taking time to understand what happened and when. We’ll note any injuries or psychological trauma you've experienced as a result and we may refer you for a medical or psychological examination to investigate the full impact of your abuser's actions. We may also look into records kept by the police, courts, schools, Local Authorities, or medical institutions.

        We'll also need to work out who the claim will be made against. It could be an individual, or an organisation either responsible for that person's actions, or for your safety. If it's an individual, our investigators will have to look into their financial assets to find out if they'll be able to pay any settlement we agree.
      • Rehabilitation. Abuse, whether physical, sexual or emotional, can have long-lasting impacts on both physical and mental health, and we'll help you to access any medical or psychological care and support you need, both now and in the future.
      • Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries or trauma, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had to pay, and whether your abuser has impacted your ability to find work.
      • Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, the case will be settled in court – although this is rare. If you do have to go to court, we'll be there support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 022 3503 for your free initial consultation.

    • Will I Have To Go To Court?
    • It's possible that you might have to appear in court as part of your claim. But in our experience, the vast majority of claims are settled out of court, following a negotiation between us and your opponent.

      If you do have to appear in court, we'll be there to represent and support you at every step of the way.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You generally have to make a compensation claim within three years of the date of abuse taking place.

      If you were a child at the time, then you have until the date of your 21st birthday to make a claim.

      However, there's often a case for making a claim after these dates – we have helped clients to claim for abuse that happened decades ago. Whether or not you'll be able to make a non-recent abuse claim is judged on a case-by-case basis by the courts, so it's best to get in touch with us for some advice. Call today on 0800 022 3503 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

I just felt that they were very competent and that I could trust them, which is very important in a case like this. It’s hard to explain – I have nothing but praise about how we were treated.”

Peter, London
Peter

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Make A Claim For Medical Or Hospital Abuse?

We have experience working on behalf of vulnerable patients who have been abused by health professionals, hospital staff and even other patients. If you've experienced abuse while seeking medical treatment, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Abuse is generally classed as a deliberate act of harm, including:

  • Physical abuse or assaults
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse

If your child has experienced medical or hospital abuse, then you can make a claim on their behalf. You can also claim on behalf of a loved one if they are unable to make their own legal decisions due to lack of mental capacity.

You normally have three years to make an abuse claim, or by your 21st birthday if you were a child when the abuse happened. However, there is often a case for making a claim after this date.

If you're unsure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to speak to an expert to find out exactly what your options are – call us today on 0800 022 3503 for a free consultation with one of our solicitors.

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Who Can A Medical Or Hospital Abuse Claim Be Made Against?

A claim for compensation can be made against a perpetrator of abuse, or against an organisation that should have provided you with better protection from potential abusers – whether that's the abuser's employer, or an organisation such as social services that has failed to intervene.

We've helped our clients claim in a wide range of circumstances, following abuse from:

  • GPs and hospital doctors
  • Nurses
  • Gynaecologists
  • Consultants
  • Voluntary workers
  • Other patients
  • Hospital employees, such as cleaners or porters
  • Carers

As part of every claim, we'll investigate and advise on whether it's possible to make a claim against an abuser, an organisation they worked with, or an organisation that should have done more to protect you from abuse.

If you're unsure of who you would need to make a claim against, speak to one of our experts. As part of our investigation into your case, we'll determine the best party to seek compensation from.

Contact us today on 0800 022 3503 for a free, no-obligation consultation on your claim, and one of our solicitors will be happy to help, offering their expert advice on your options.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Medical Abuse Claim?

We understand that dealing with abuse alone is difficult, and that it helps to have the experts on your side to argue your case against large medical organisations, offer you support, and help you through a traumatic time. We have a dedicated team of criminal injury and abuse lawyers with the experience to bring complex medical abuse claims to a successful conclusion.

Our abuse lawyers are recognised as leaders in their fields, with the team including panel members with the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), as well as a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Our work has seen us involved with a number of high profile cases centred on medical professionals and organisations, including:

  • A large group claim for 30 women who were sexually abused and assaulted by their GP over more than eight years, despite a number of formal complaints being made – find out more about their claim.
  • 75,000 for a vulnerable young woman who was assaulted by her primary nurse after the nurse had pursued an inappropriately personal relationship, resulting in a serious deterioration in her mental health. The matter was reported to the police but they did not proceed, however we were able to help her make a successful claim – find out more about her claim.

If you have any concerns about making a claim against a medical practitioner or organisation, or any questions about how we can help, call us today on 0800 022 3503 for a free consultation with one of our solicitors. Alternatively, you can contact us online and we'll get back to you.

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Awards & Accreditation

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK

"The lawyers are heavyweight individuals in a big firm, but they never compromise on client care. They handle cases with striking compassion and insight."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

Working With Survivors

When you make a claim with us, we put your wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. Providing you with the care and support you need to deal with the traumatic experience of abuse or an assault is as important to us as ensuring you receive financial compensation.

Our client liaison managers can work with you from the beginning of your case if needed, helping us understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it. We also work with a number of organisations that offer extensive support to survivors of violent crime and abuse, including:

Our approach to our clients' rehabilitation is extremely well respected in the industry, and has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

Our Offices

Our offices are located in major cities throughout the UK and have excellent transport links.

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To begin your claim for compensation, or ask any questions regarding personal injury claims, contact us today for a free consultation.

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