Claims specialists in Radcliffe on Trent and crimes against those under 18
If you are in the unfortunate position of having been abused as a child, or you know of a child that is being abused, you should immediately inform the police. Depraved people need stopping, and the child needs to be taken care of. The law says that if anyone is injured because of the actions of someone else, the guilty party should compensate the victim. This includes the physical and sexual abuse of children.
If the child is under 18 when the abuse is discovered, a parent should make a compensation claim on their behalf. The law would probably insist on the compensation being put into a trust fund for when they are older, but they should still have what they are entitled to.
The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme and claims specialists in Radcliffe on Trent
The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme (CICS) is funded by the government to compensate the victims of violent crime and abuse. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers it.
If you were physically or sexually abused as a child, you should talk to the compassionate advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They and claims specialists in Radcliffe on Trent, will talk to you in confidence, and take the stress out of making your claim.
What to do if you were under 18 at the time of the incident
If you were abused as a child, and no one made a personal injury compensation claim on your behalf at the time, you should discuss the matter with the claims specialists in Radcliffe on Trent to find out if you are still within the specified time limits.
The CICA recognises that children cannot always report the abuse they have suffered until they are older and therefore special rules apply:
- If the incident or period of abuse took place before you turned 18, but was not reported to the police at the time, they will consider your claim if it is made within two years of the date it was reported to the police.
- If you were under 18, it is better if someone applies on your behalf as soon as possible. This is because it will be easier to prove the crime sooner rather than later.
- If the incident or period of abuse was reported to the police before you were 18, but a claim was not made on your behalf, they will accept a claim from you providing you make it before you turn 20.
All types of violent crimes against children are covered by these rules.
Making your claim for criminal injuries compensation
Accident Advice Helpline will help make your criminal injury compensation claim. The rules and regulations are complex, as they should be, to ensure that only true victims are compensated. But if you have a genuine claim, the CICA are sympathetic and together with Accident Advice Helpline, your case will be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
The advisors on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 are friendly and compassionate, and you can speak to them in complete confidence about your experience. Have a chat with one of them and if you decide you want to proceed, they will start your Injury claim for you.