Child abuse is one of the worst crimes ever, and is hated by people all over the world. But it still goes on, and it is a worldwide problem, not just a UK one. How the different countries deal with it varies, but in the UK as well as prosecuting the people concerned, the victims are entitled to make a personal injury claim in Cornwall for compensation. It does not matter what type of abuse the child is subjected to, this still applies.
Making an injury claim in Cornwall when they reach 18
Victims of child abuse often cannot talk to anyone about it at the time it is happening. They can be too frightened by threats from the perpetrator to tell anyone what is happening to them, and they suffer in silence. The government recognises this, and in this situation there is a variation to the time limits they have for making a claim.
The compensation comes within the scope of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), as child abuse is a criminal offence. As such they have two years from their eighteenth birthday to make a claim, providing they report it to the police first. They should also fully co-operate with the police, so there is a better chance of a conviction.
Child abuse ruins victim’s lives and who has made them suffer should be made to suffer themselves.
When the police have dealt with them, the guilty party should be the first person approached for compensation, but if they do not have the means to pay it, then the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), step in to see if the can settle the claim.
The rules are quite strict if you are asking for an injury claim in Cornwall from the CICS, but that is exactly as it should be, as the CICA want to make sure that only victims really entitled to the compensation are paid it.
Getting the help you need for a criminal injury claim in Cornwall
If possible, the best time for a claim to be made is when the offence has been reported to the police, and if that is when the victim is still a child, a parent or guardian should make the claim on their behalf.
If it is the parents, a guardian or the victim themselves making the claim, at Accident Advice Helpline we understand how difficult it is for them to have to keep reliving the story to everyone. But they can speak with our friendly and sympathetic advisors n complete confidence, and they will have help and guidance every step of the way.
We also understand how traumatic a court appearance can be for anyone, let alone a child, and we will endeavour to avoid this situation, and try to settle the claim before it reaches this stage.
If you would like to now more about how we can help your child, get in touch by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123.