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Elder Abuse Compensation Claims

It can be extremely distressing to discover that a parent or loved one has suffered abuse, especially while their care was entrusted to professionals. Our solicitors can help you to secure compensation from the organisation responsible, which can help to fund care needs for the future.

Elder abuse or neglect happens when a person or organisation in a position of trust causes harm or distress to an older person, either deliberately, or by failing to provide necessary care. These cases can be complex, and it may seem difficult to prove that abuse has taken place - especially if the older person has dementia or any other condition that reduces their decision-making abilities.

Additionally, care and nursing homes often have experienced legal teams in place, which can discourage people from pursuing a claim. This is why it's vital to have expert elder abuse lawyers who fully understand the legal processes involved on your side.

If you want to discuss a potential elder abuse claim with us, please contact us online or call 0800 022 3503 to arrange a free initial consultation.

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Elder Abuse Compensation 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:

      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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.

    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive for an abuse claim depends on a number of factors that vary from case to case. When calculating your compensation, we take a number of things into account, including:

      • The type of abuse experienced
      • The extent of the abuse, and how long it's gone on for
      • Physical injuries experienced as a result, and any treatment needed both now and in the future
      • Psychological trauma, and any therapy or counselling needed both now and in the future
      • Impacts on your ability to find work as a result of abuse

      The compensation you receive may also depend on who the claim is being made against. 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, and this may affect your settlement.

      If you have any questions about how much you can claim, contact us today on 0800 022 3503

“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

When Could You Make A Claim For Elder Abuse?

It's difficult to think about an older member of the family suffering abuse, but unfortunately there are many well-documented cases of this happening. Abuse is a deliberate act of harm, which may be physical, sexual or emotional in nature, and often happens when somebody misuses their position of trust.

Alternatively, a claim can be made for neglect, which happens when the person or organisation responsible for somebody's basic care fails to provide it. This might include an older person being harmed while they were left unsupervised, or being denied medical care, food and drink, or hygiene.

Even if the relative or loved one in question has passed away, or lacks the mental capacity to provide evidence of abuse themselves, it may still be possible to make a claim on their behalf.

It can be difficult to know whether you have a valid claim for abuse or negligence, especially if you suspect it has happened but don't yet have any proof. Please call our solicitors on 0800 022 3503 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Where Can Elder Abuse Take Place?

While hospitals, care and nursing homes are often reported as the settings for incidents of abuse, a 2007 study by Action on Elder Abuse found that at least 342,000 people had experienced abuse in their own homes - more than eight per cent of all cases.

The abuser is often someone who is well-known to the victim. They may be a nurse, a health or social worker, a volunteer, or even a friend or relative. Often, the abuse takes place in a one-on-one setting - when there is nobody else around to witness what's happening - but sometimes it can involve multiple abusers at once.

We have extensive experience in helping abuse victims of all ages to get justice and the compensation they deserve. Contact us online or call 0800 022 3503 to find out more about the process of making an elder abuse claim.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For An Elder Abuse Claim?

Our team of solicitors are equipped to provide clear, expert advice on all kinds of elder abuse claims. We have a long history of handling claims on behalf of elderly people in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, and in the home.

We can also help to make formal complaints about treatment, prepare reports to the Care Quality Commission, and help with inquests in the tragic case that someone has died as a result of abuse.

Some of the negligence claims we have dealt with include:

  • 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.
  • A clinical negligence compensation claim for the family of an elderly woman who fell out of bed, despite the family notifying staff that she would need cot sides fitted to her bed - learn more about this case.

We are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve, and securing compensation settlements that can help to pay for a relative's long-term care needs. If you have any questions about making an abuse claim, please contact us online or call 0800 022 3503 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.

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Awards & Accreditations

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.

Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017 The Times Best Law Firms 2019 chambers-2019

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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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