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Abuse & Criminal Injury Claims

Neglect, abuse or violent crime all come with serious and long-lasting effects for those involved, and their loved ones, and it can be difficult to know who to turn to.

Many people are left feeling isolated and unsure of what to do next, but we can help.

If you or a loved one has been left with physical injuries or psychological trauma after abuse, neglect, an assault or a terrorist attack, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. We have the largest personal injury team in the UK, with specialist lawyers working solely on abuse claims and criminal injuries compensation.

We understand just how difficult these situations can be, particularly when injuries have been caused by someone you know and trust, such as a family member, or by those meant to protect and care for us, such as teachers, police officers, or medical staff. Our experience has seen us help people in a wide range of circumstances, including:

If you would like to begin making a claim, or have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our team. You can call us on 0800 056 4110, or alternatively you can contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

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Abuse & Criminal Injury 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.

      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 – with our legal costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for a criminal injury, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances of your injury and advise you on whether or not we think you can claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – find out more about how this works.

      Claiming through the CICA begins with an online application. After that your claim will follow the same basic steps:

      1. Investigation. The CICA investigate your claim and make checks to decide whether you are eligible for compensation. If the CICA decides you are not eligible, we can appeal that and have many years’ experience in successfully overturning eligibility decisions.
      2. Compensation. If the compensation amount offered by the CICA is too low, then we can appeal the amount, and we have a proven track record in helping people to recover a more significant settlement.
      3. Conclusion. If our original application to the CICA, or an appeal, is successful, then you'll be awarded compensation. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if your claim were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for your free initial consultation.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You generally have to make a compensation claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) within two years of the date of an injury.

      There can be exceptions made to these time limits (such as if you were too ill to make a claim), but this is judged strictly 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 056 4110 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after a criminal assault will depend on a few factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • The injury you have suffered
      • Care you might need now and in the future
      • Loss of earnings now and in the future (limited to Statutory Sick Pay rate)
      • Court of Protection fees (if you lack mental capacity to deal with your financial affairs)

      For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Difference Between Criminal Injury, Abuse And Neglect?

Criminal injury is a broad term for injuries sustained as a result of violent crimes, which could include:

Criminal injuries that aren’t related to abuse usually need to be claimed for through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), but in abuse cases we can often make a claim directly against the abuser, or an organisation responsible for them, such as a local authority.

Abuse is classed as a deliberate act of harm, but generally refers to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Neglect is defined as a lack of basic care, which could include someone being:

  • Left unsupervised
  • Left unwashed
  • Denied food and drink
  • Denied medical care
  • Left to develop pressure sores through lack of assisted movement

This could be deliberate, or it could be because of a lack of staff or resources within a particular organisation that means people can’t always get the support they need.

If you’re not sure exactly how your claim would be classified, or have any other questions about the claims process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation with one of our solicitors.

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Who Can Claim Compensation For Criminal Injury Or Abuse?

If you’ve been injured or experienced psychological trauma because of an assault, attack, neglect or abuse, then you could be able to claim compensation.

You may be able to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), or against the person responsible. You may also be able to make a claim against an organisation responsible for your assailant or abuser, such as social services.

If you’re claiming through the CICA, you’ll need to have reported the attack to the police, and helped them with their enquiries, as this is a key part of building your case.

However, a criminal conviction isn't always necessary. We can and have helped victims of violent crime claim compensation when an attacker was never caught, identified or convicted. In many abuse cases, it’s also a sad fact that the police have not believed a report, and we can help in these situations too.

You can also claim on behalf of someone else in the following circumstances:

  • If your child has been a victim of a violent crime or abuse, and is still under 18
  • If a relative lacks the mental capacity to make their own legal decisions
  • If a loved one has died as a result of a violent crime or abuse

You may also be able to claim if you were the witness of a violent incident that has caused you psychological distress, particularly if the person involved was a friend, relative, child or partner.

If you're unsure whether or not you'll be able to claim compensation, it's best to seek some advice from the experts. Contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation with one of our team, who will advise you on your options.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Criminal Injury Or Abuse Claim?

Abuse or criminal injury, in any form, is a serious, traumatic and life-changing experience, and claiming compensation in what is already a difficult time can seem like an incredibly daunting prospect. That’s why it helps to have the experts on your side.

Our personal injury team is one of the largest in the UK, made up of dedicated criminal injury and abuse lawyers recognised as leaders in their field. The team includes panel members with the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), as well as a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and we regularly provide training to external organisations too.

Our work has seen us involved in a diverse range of injury and abuse claims, including:

  • £4.3 million for a 14-year-old girl who sustained a major brain injury at just four months old, leaving her with significant disability. We helped make her claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – find out more about this case.
  • Compensation for over 30 women who were sexually abused and assaulted by their GP, which was allowed to continue despite several complaints – find out more about their claim.
  • Compensation for a historic case of child abuse within the Catholic church that took place in the 1990s. We challenged laws on time limits and persisted with the claim to ensure our client received compensation – find out more about his case.
  • Maximum compensation awards for two children who were subjected to horrific child abuse by the family of their foster parents, leaving them in need of therapy for the rest of their lives. The case was originally dismissed by the CICA but we were able to secure the settlement they deserved – find out more about their case.
  • A five-figure settlement for a client with dementia who suffered head and shoulder injuries after falling at home, following a failure to carry out a risk assessment – learn more about this case.

We've been extremely active in developing laws around abuse over the last two decades, including being the first firm to recover over £1 million for a family subjected to severe abuse and neglect during childhood.

If you have any questions about the claims process, or would like to begin making a claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation with one of our team.

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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.

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