It is now widely recognised that many children in care homes and other institutions in Scotland were subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of those in positions of authority and those responsible for providing a stable and nurturing environment.
At , we understand the difficulties one can face when attempting to speak with someone about any abuse they may have suffered, whether it is of a physical, emotional or sexual nature. Therefore, our lawyers will assist in making the claim process as easy as possible.
This is a statement we hear very often when dealing with these types of cases. It is a statement that we truly understand and appreciate. It is indeed not about the money when an individual has suffered harm, but the compensation process can be a means of holding the person who caused the harm, accountable for their actions.
Previously, victims of historic abuse were prevented from securing compensation as there were strict limits in place concerning when an individual could make a claim. In 2017, the law changed with the introduction of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017. This legislation essentially removed the time limits, allowing adult survivors to bring forward claims for compensation for such abuse.
You will be able to make a claim under the 2017 Act, if you were under the age of 18 years at the time the abuse was suffered and the abuse took place, after 26 September 1964.
Victims are not able to claim if they have previously claimed, and received some compensation for the abuse they suffered. However, if they had claimed compensation, but their claim was rejected because of the previous time limit, they may still be able to pursue a claim under the new legislation.
If you would like to speak with someone to find out more information on the claim process, please get in touch. This is the first, and one of the hardest steps. We understand that the claim process can force you to re-live the trauma, therefore we will always try and work with you to progress matters at your own pace. We pride ourselves in putting our clients first and as such we are committed to helping our clients through what can be a very emotional process.
Even if you are unsure whether it is something you want to go through, please contact us and we will be more than happy to talk you though the process and offer initial advice and ease any worries or concerns you may have.
We will treat any information we receive with the strictest confidence and any information you choose to share with us will not be divulged to any other party until we have your instructions to proceed with your claim.
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