It is a sad fact of society that many people, both children and adults find themselves in an abusive situation, which they feel unable to escape from, with many people not even admitting or talking about it until many years after the fact. Sometimes it was because they thought they wouldn’t be believed, some were sacred of the impact it would cause to the family, or how they were viewed by friends and still others were just simply scared that the person abusing them might intensify the behaviour, or become more violent. It is not just within the family that such things occur and many public organisations from the church, schools and even government service departments have been implicated in all aspects of abuse. The good news for sufferers is that they are able to claim compensation for what happened to them.
Compensation for Being Abused
If you, or someone you know has been a victim of child abuse, sexual assault, or abuse either physical or mental, it is worth talking about it to talk in confidence to a professional personal injury lawyer. Those who are used to dealing with such abuses, understand that it takes a great deal of courage to even begin to discuss it, let alone walk through a lawyers door, and will treat such people with compassion and consideration and strive to make a compensation claim as painless and simple for the victim as possible. Such discussions are often free and are universally treated in the strictest of confidence, with many offering to do the initial discussions over the phone, for those who wish to protect their identity.
The Times Have Changed
Sadly many people believe that they are not eligible for compensation, because the incident or incidents happened many years ago, though this is not nowadays the case. The courts today are far more sympathetic than in times gone by, and many cases have been successfully concluded with compensation awards, even sometimes twenty years or more after it happened. These include public and private schools, especially those where the victim was a boarder, the Department of Community Services, and a variety of professionals such as doctors, teachers and sport coaches.
How to Make a Claim
It is important to do your research and find a personal injury lawyer who has significant experience in such claims. They will understand that a person’s personal healing process may be less about the money, and more about a personal recovery which involves seeing the injustice that happened to them resolved. To collect evidence you will probably need not only to be interviewed by legal professionals, but also by doctors and psychiatrists to ensure that your claim is properly documented and fully supported and substantiated. Each such interviewer is a professional in such cases and fully understands how difficult talking about abuse can be.
You can expect very supportive and compassionate behaviour, as they strive to assess the level of damage, how best to prepare a legal case for compensation, while also identifying potential therapy, which can attempt to help you recover from the trauma the abuse caused. Even if you do not have a viable court case, simply talking about it can help to ease the pain.