Abuse in sports clubs

Abuse in sports clubs

The recent revelations concerning child sexual abuse by people connected with the youth teams of various football clubs has attracted a great deal of media attention. However, abuse can happen in all sports and at all levels, for instance gymnastics clubs and athletics clubs.

Many people with responsibility in sporting professions already have convictions relating to child abuse, click here to read more.

Sexual abuse in a sports setting can be carried out by people in positions of power and authority, including coaches, trainers, physicians. Until very recently the culture within many sports clubs has been one of denial that there is a problem, and this has made it difficult for people to speak out about their abuse and feel they will be believed.

At Verisona Law we have a great deal of expertise in holding sports clubs to account for abuse perpetrated on children in their care, and we represent clients in cases against major Premier League football teams.

How do I make a claim?

If you have been abused by someone connected with a sports club you can bring a claim for compensation directly against the club itself. The club may be vicariously liable for the abuse perpetrated by its employee, or somebody closely connected to it, or they may be negligent in allowing the abuse to take place whilst in their care.

We have a particular interest, and specialism, in bringing claims for abuse in a sports setting and we can advise you as to your rights and whether it is possible to bring a claim.

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Are there time restrictions on making a claim?

Technically you have until your 21st Birthday to bring a claim, but the courts do recognise that it is difficult sometime for survivors of abuse to come forward and many are only able to come to terms with what happened later in life.

As such the courts always use their discretion when deciding whether to allow a claim to be made and our dedicated team at Verisona Law has a great deal of expertise in bringing cases “out of time”.

What can Verisona Law do to help?

We pride ourselves on our understanding and sensitivity with our clients but also our tenacity with opponents when pursuing cases. Our aim is to seek redress for people who have suffered abuse, be that financial compensation, or organising treatment or therapy in order to help people seek closure.

In many cases we are happy to act for people on a “no win, no fee” basis and we are happy to speak to you about the most appropriate way of funding your claim.

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