If you’ve been abused by someone working or volunteering in a religious organisation, such as a church, mosque or synagogue, our specialist Abuse Claims Solicitors are here to listen and help you.
You may be worried about talking about your experience, but we’ll listen carefully to you and treat you sensitively at all times. We want to make the abuse claims process as stress-free as possible for you.
Our expert Abuse Claims Solicitors can give you a free confidential consultation, where we’ll need to understand more about what happened to you. We will listen to you and give you advice about whether you can bring a claim. We can also give you with details of organisations who could give you additional support.
We’ll work with you to answer any questions you may have and guide you throughout the religious abuse claims process. Ask us about Legal Aid or if we can handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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Why Choose Simpson Millar?
Once you decide that you want to make a claim for abuse, it’s important you choose the right Solicitor to work with.
- Our have been helping victims of abuse get justice for more than 20 years
- We have a number of specialist Solicitors who have a strong track record of successful claims for clients who’ve suffered childhood abuse
- You’ll have a dedicated and experienced Solicitor working with you.
- Our friendly, compassionate Solicitors understand how difficult it is for victims of abuse to talk about their experiences. We’ll work at a pace that suits you and explain everything so you’ll always know what’s happening next
- We’ll give you clear and straightforward legal advice, using language that’s easy to understand
- It’s important that you get the help and support you need. We can help you find survivor support groups in your area
Why Make a Claim for Religious Abuse?
Deciding to make a civil claim is your decision and you’ll have your own reasons for making that decision, but here are some of the reasons our clients tell us they want to make a child abuse claim.
Making a claim for abuse can bring a similar sense of justice and closure as a criminal prosecution. This can be particularly important if the individual who abused you has escaped criminal proceedings. You may want recognition from the religious institution that what happened to you was wrong. Making a compensation claim can help you to get that recognition.
Child abuse can happen in religious institutions anywhere an abuser can be alone with their victim, although this is not always the case. It’s vital that the right safeguarding checks are carried out on people in positions of trust.
Claims for sexual abuse can encourage religious organisations to address the issues they have with abuse and to put processes in place to deal with cases of abuse more effectively. This should hopefully reduce the likelihood of similar crimes happening in future.
Although the compensation is rarely a driving factor, if your claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation for the abuse you suffered. No one should experience abuse, let alone from someone in a position of power, who you trusted. Compensation could help you access treatment, such as therapy, to help you process what’s happened to you. If you’ve struggled to work through your lifetime because of the abuse you suffered, you could be compensated for your lost earnings.
Do I Need a Solicitor to Claim?
Many religious organisations must follow set procedures when an allegation of abuse is made, but it’s rare for them to offer compensation to the victim. That’s why it’s so important to speak to an expert in this area of law, such as an Abuse Claims Solicitor.
Once you decide to come forward, you should first report your abuser to the police. The police will investigate your claim to see if they can bring criminal proceedings against your abuser. Criminal action may be taken against your abuser, but it may not. Making a civil claim may be your only way to access the justice you deserve, so even if you’re not sure about making a claim, it’s worth talking to an Abuse Solicitor.
Our expert Abuse Claims Solicitors have many years of experience with helping survivors of abuse get justice and compensation. When you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen and will be happy to explain how we could help you.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on your individual circumstances, but will be decided by looking at:
- How the abuse has affected your life
- Whether you’ve suffered financially because of the abuse
- What type of extra support and treatment you may need in the future
Our Abuse Claims Solicitors will make sure any compensation settlement genuinely reflects the seriousness of what’s happened to you in line with current law and guidelines that apply to your case.
What’s the Claims Process?
- We’ll complete a free assessment of your case. This involves considering the details of what happened to you. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go into all the details, but we’ll guide you with some simple questions so we can quickly tell you if we can take on your case.
- If you choose us, we’ll allocate you a specialist Abuse Solicitor who will thoroughly investigate what’s happened and gather all the evidence they can to support your claim. We’ll arrange for you to see an independent medical expert who will assess the impact of the abuse on your life. They’ll prepare a report outlining the harm you have suffered.
- Once we have the evidence, this will help us understand exactly how much compensation you can claim. We’ll approach the church or religious institution you hold responsible with details of your claim to start the legal process for making a civil claim.
- Most abuse claims settle out of Court, but don’t worry, we’ll be there to support you even if your claim does go to Court.
How Much Will It Cost to Make a Claim?
We often offer a No Win, No Fee agreement on religious abuse claims. You could be eligible for Legal Aid, depending on your financial circumstances. If you have a Legal Expenses Insurance policy, you could use this to pay for your legal costs. This is usually an add-on policy to a home or motor insurance policy. Your final option is to pay your legal costs yourself. We’ll discuss the best option for you during the assessment of your case.
You could also consider making a Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme claim.
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