We are leading specialists in abuse claims here at Farleys Solicitors LLP, with decades of experience in acting on behalf of abuse survivors who have been subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
We place your privacy, safety and sense of security at the centre of everything we do, all the while working tirelessly to ensure that you’re able to gain justice, peace and closure. Our dedicated team of experienced solicitors have a long history of working closely with survivors, including those who have suffered abuse whilst in the trusted care of healthcare institutions such as hospitals, care homes and psychiatric wards.
The highly publicised abuse scandal of Jimmy Saville has highlighted the issue of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of patients placed in the care of hospitals. Vulnerable people, both adults and children, can find themselves the subject of repeated attacks of sexual abuse by individuals occupying a trusted position of care. Instances of sexual abuse are particularly prominent in mental health units and psychiatric wards where patients are believed to be more susceptible to the grooming tactics of their abuser.
Here at Farleys, we understand how incredibly difficult it can be to get to a place where you’re ready to talk about your experiences – but rest assured that we will listen to you without judgement, and our specialist solicitors will never make you feel guilty or ashamed about what happened to you.
One of our top priorities is to secure you a settlement that accurately reflects the gravity of your case. Whilst we realise compensation will never reverse the trauma you have suffered, financial compensation can provide you with the means to properly move on with your life, and allow you to gain access to first class treatment and support.
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse whilst in the care of a private hospital, NHS ward, or other healthcare facility, please don’t hesitate to contact Farleys to discuss the options available to you. As specialists in this complex area of law, we understand each case must be treated with the utmost sensitivity and discretion.
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What are the time limits for making a hospital abuse claim?
Technically speaking, claims are supposed to be made within three years of the abuse taking place, but sometimes this deadline can be extended by the courts. That’s because the UK legal system implicitly recognises how difficult it can be for survivors to come forward, especially if they’ve been threatened by their abuser.
Survivors may have to deal with one or more of the following:
If any of this sounds like something that you or a loved one has experienced – or are currently experiencing – then we’re here to help at Farleys.
It’s not unusual for cases to be won years or even decades after the abuse took place. However, even though the timescales can be flexible in some cases, it’s worth noting that ideally legal proceedings should begin as soon as possible after the abuse comes to light, as that makes it easier for investigators to gather key evidence that might be in danger of being relocated, lost or destroyed over time.
Will my confidentiality be protected?
Yes. Opening up to a stranger about your experiences can be an incredibly difficult conversation, and one that we know can’t happen unless we’re able to prove to you that you can trust us. Therefore, we treat everything you tell us in the strictest confidence until you tell us that you’re ready to proceed. Equally, we’ll make sure that all documents in connection with your case are treated as classified.
If it’s necessary for us to enlist any outside experts for the progression of your case, such as psychologists, or representatives from hospitals, police or social services, we’ll always ask your permission first, and wait for your go-ahead before we get in touch with them.
What is the process for making a hospital abuse claim?
Our process for hospital abuse claims follows the same general structure as all of the abuse claims we handle here at Farleys, although obviously the specifics can vary depending on the nature and background of your individual case.
To give you a bit more detail, our general process for hospital abuse claims is as follows:
How will I fund my hospital abuse claim?
We will advise you on funding for your claim. We are often able to bring such cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.
Some abuse survivors will qualify for public funding. Farleys Solicitors holds a Legal Aid franchise in five of our offices and we can advise you as to whether you will qualify.
What compensation can I claim?
Farleys’ abuse claim solicitors can help you claim for:
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