Criminal Injuries Compensation for abuse

Getting financial compensation from somebody who has abused you can be difficult if they cannot be traced or do not have the means to pay you, but this is not the end of the story. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) runs a Government-backed scheme which compensates people who have been mentally or physically injured as victims of violent crime. This includes people who have suffered sexual abuse. You can apply to CICA for compensation yourself, although an experienced abuse lawyer may well be able to get you a higher settlement by stating your case more effectively. Clients often tell us they are relieved that someone else has taken on the application for them, including gathering evidence and communicating with the Authority. So how can we help you make your CICA claim? First of all, our solicitors will help you through the entire process. The same small team, all abuse specialists, will work with you from beginning to end to understand exactly what you want and need. We will need to discuss your case and have a lot of experience of helping people recall difficult events. If necessary we can meet you at a venue of your choice, even if it is a long way away. After our meeting we will be able to put the application together, compile evidence and handle all the negotiations with CICA, including why the 2-year rule should not apply in your case. Even if the abuse took place years ago, it is possible to gain compensation from the Authority, but certainly, the sooner you can make your application the better your chances will be. In most cases we can deal with CICA applications for abuse compensation on a no-win no-fee basis. he initial consultation is free of charge, without obligation and in complete confidence. If would like to know more about this and other compensation routes, please contact Charles Derham, specialist child abuse solicitor, on 023 9298 1000 or via . Alternatively, fill in our contact form.

Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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