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Child Abuse Solicitors - CICA Injury Compensation Claims

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Child abuse is a serious issue, involving our society's most vulnerable citizens. Children who have been the victims of abuse have multiple ways to seek compensation for their injuries and suffering. One way to pursue compensation is to make an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a governmental agency that was created for the purpose of compensating those who have been injured by a violent crime. Another option is to sue the abuser personally in the civil courts.

Our child abuse solicitors offer legal advice at no cost using legal aid or the no win no fee* scheme. Due to usual nature of child abuse we can, at your request, avail a same-sex lawyer to handle your queries. The consultation is free of charge and is confidential. Our solicitors will give you full advice about the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) legal process without any further obligation. Talk to a child abuse solicitor today by simply completing the contact form or calling our helpline or email us and one of our solicitors will get in touch with you.

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A child abuse compensation solicitor can make application for the payment of damages in several ways including an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) or in the case of institutional abuse to the Authority responsible for employing the abuser who can also be sued personally in addition to being prosecuted for criminal activity. Local Authorities and other employers will be held to be liable if they have failed to act reasonably either in their pre employment checks or by failing to adequately respond to complaints of abuse. There are also numerous group actions where all of the victims who were in the same situation at a particular locality have banded together to take multi-party action in child abuse compensation claims which can have the benefit of being publicly funded through Legal Aid.

Paedophilia - Child Abuse

A sexual offence that may attract criminal prosecution is defined as any offence that is sexual in nature or intent and includes indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, child abuse and paedophilia. There may be severe punishment for child sex offenders which can include mandatory life imprisonment for serious offenders:-

Physical Sexual Emotional or Psychological Abuse

This is a serious national problem which can take the form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse which is often caused by neglect, lack of restraint or failure to provide appropriate services and treatment by the relevant authorities. Child abuse compensation can be claimed whether or not it was a one to one situation, a family problem or institutionalised abuse. The most vulnerable sections of society are those who are mentally disabled or where there the abuser is in a position of authority which often occurs in residential care homes, respite and day care organisations and schools which have in the past been a magnet for paedophiles. Child abuse is not confined to these situations and many thousands of children have also suffered abuse in the family at the hands of parents and other relatives or by family friends.

No Conviction Necessary

Significant numbers of adults have now come forward to the police and to child abuse compensation solicitors resulting in criminal convictions and custodial sentences giving rise to compensation claims. A conviction is not necessary however to succeed in a claim to the CICA provided that the applicant has fully co-operated with the investigating police officer. The CICA uses a tariff scheme for determining compensation and may reduce awards to claimants who have unspent criminal convictions determined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act on the basis that it is inappropriate to compensate offenders out of public funds.

No Time Limits

Victims who have suffered child sexual abuse can claim compensation :-

3rd Party Responsibility

In addition to the abuser, there are other parties who may be held legally responsible. For example, if the abuse happened in a daycare centre, the employer could be ordered to pay damages on the grounds that they did not make reasonable pre-employment background checks. Local Authorities may also be held responsible if they failed to properly respond to complaints brought either by the abuse victim or by an adult suspicious that abuse was occurring.

Multi-Party Actions

Sometimes it is possible for the victim to take part in a multi-party action to recover damages in a child abuse compensation claim. Multi-party actions can be pursued when a number of victims were abused in the same locality under similar circumstances, such as in children's home. Multi-party action claims are also referred to as group actions and class actions. One benefit of bringing a multi-party action is the availability of public funding through Legal Aid for a child abuse compensation claim. Another benefit is that all of the victims who are part of the multi-party action share the potential costs of pursuing the claim.

Sexual - Psychological - Emotional

Child abuse comes in many forms. In addition to physical abuse, there are children suffering sexual, psychological and emotional abuse. There are also a number of causes of child abuse, including lack of restraint, neglect and a failure to provide the child with the necessities of life. Child abuse victims can claim compensation regardless of whether the abuse was within the family, institutional or one-on-one. It is an unfortunate fact that abusers target places such as nursing homes and daycare centres for access to vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and mentally disabled persons. Child abuse, however, is not limited to institutional abuse perpetrated by relative strangers. Tragically, children are frequently abused by their parents or other family members.

Child Abuse Solicitors - CICA Claims

Our child abuse compensation solicitors offer an independent legal service with no connection to the CICA giving free advice on compensation claims using the no win no fee* scheme. We do not ask you to fund or finance an application to the CICA in any respect and your claim will be completely risk free. Any discussion that you have is completely confidential and will not be revealed to anyone without your specific consent. We are able to arrange for you to speak to someone of your own gender if you request. If after talking to us you decide to proceed no further then you are quite at liberty to do so and we will erase all information which you have supplied to us. If you would like to talk to someone with absolutely no further obligation just complete the contact form or use the helpline and we will advise you of your options for claiming the compensation you deserve.

Child abuse is a grave offense targeted at the most vulnerable members of society. Child victims or their representatives can pursue compensation by making an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). They may also instruct a child abuse solicitor sue the abuser for damages in the civil court.

A third party can also be held responsible for the payment of damages. If a child is abused whist in the care of an organisation, the employer of the perpetrator can be ordered to pay damages for not making reasonable background checks. Also failure by Local Authorities to properly address complaints can see the Authority being held liable for the abuse.

Multi-party actions are also referred to as class actions or group actions occur where several victims were abused under similar circumstances for example in a childrens home. Legal Aid is often available to fund multiparty child abuse compensation claims.

In addition to sexual abuse, child abuse takes on many forms including neglect, lack of restraint and failure to provide necessities for the child. Children are often abused by their parents and other members of their family. Child abuse compensation is available whether the abuse occurred within the family or in an institution or one-on-one. Predators may target childrens homes, nursing homes and day centres in order to access the vulnerable in our society.

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Claims for compensation for violent crime can be made directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and no fee is usually payable.
You do not have to instruct a solicitor to represent you and if there are no complicated issues it may be to your advantage to claim directly.