Unfortunately abuse happens and continues to be heard about on the news on an all too regular basis. Often victims become trapped in a cycle of abuse, suffering in silence for many years, groomed with gifts or threats of harm to their family.
You only have to open a newspaper to hear about cases of child abuse, but there are many more cases which do not make the headlines and are handled privately. For those who have suffered abuse as a child the impact can be life changing, with long-term physical and psychological suffering. Victims may struggle to hold down permanent work and have an inability to form relationships.
Many adults have suffered physical, sexual or mental abuse. Any type or amount of abuse can result in physical and psychiatric injury for the victim. Anyone can be a potential target for an abuser; however the elderly and those with learning difficulties are most vulnerable.
If you, or a member of your family, have been a victim of physical or sexual abuse, even if it happened a long time ago, the specialist lawyers here at Lanyon Bowdler can help you get the compensation you deserve.
We understand the immense courage and strength it takes for a victim, to come forward and how talking about abuse can be a painful and daunting experience but, our team will help you through the process in a sensitive, caring way. We believe it is important that victims are offered the support they need, not only in getting justice, but ensuring they receive the appropriate emotional and practical support they need through relevant organisations.
Our specialists are experts in their field and have years of experience in dealing with cases involving physical and sexual abuse, involving both children and adults.
Abuse can take many forms, whether at the hands of a social worker, local authority or council, or a family member. Our job is to make sure you receive justice and the compensation which you are entitled to, helping you to get on with the rest of your life.
Unfortunately in England and Wales there are 85,000 female rape victims and 12 male victims every year, with only around 15% being able to face reporting their abuse to the police. We are here to support you through the process.
For many people, they cannot face the prospect of challenging their abuser in court, but our experience shows us that the vast majority of sexual abuse claims are settled out of court. In any case, our specialist lawyers will support you throughout the case from start to finish.
We have experience in dealing with a wide variety of abuse claims, including:
● Social worker negligence
● Local authority and council negligence
● Abuse in nursing homes
● Abuse involving the police
For many elderly and vulnerable people, a nursing home can sometimes be the best or only option available to them. Whilst the majority of nursing homes are staffed by caring and highly trained staff, there are occasions where the care given is unacceptably poor and falls below the reasonable standard of care we expect. When this occurs, it can lead to physical and emotional injuries to residents and they may be entitled to compensation to help restore their quality of life.
The police play an important role in trying to keep our streets and society safe. The police are granted special powers to help protect us. The police do, however, make mistakes and these mistakes can lead to people being hurt and injured, or wrongly arrested and when this happens the victim may be able to claim compensation to help cover any loss of income and suffering.
Are you happy with the way your compensation claim is currently being handled? Even if your claim has recently settled we may still be able to review your case, read more here.