Claims Against Individuals/Celebrities and Public Figures
If you have suffered a sexual or physical assault or an ongoing period of abuse it may be possible to bring a claim directly against the individual who abused/assaulted you.
We often find that our clients want to do this as they feel that the person who committed the offences should be the one that pays them compensation.
Often, there will be a body or organisation who the claim can be brought against. If this is the case we will usually advise that the claim is brought against that body or organisation rather than the individual. There are a number of reasons why but generally this is because they are more likely to be insured or to have enough money to pay you any compensation that you are awarded. Also, the steps involved are usually more straightforward than when you are bringing a claim against an individual.
If the only possible claim is against the abuser themselves, then this is something that we can of course consider. In some cases this will be the bests option and we have dealt with cases where compensation has been awarded against or agreed with an individual and paid directly by them to the victim.
An example of where a claim is most likely to be brought against the individual abusers is where the abuser has been committed by a family member. Another common type of case where the individual will be pursued is in the case of a high profile public figure or celebrity.
There have been many recent allegations in the press regarding abuse by high profile individuals such as Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and Max Clifford, the latter two resulting in convictions. The abuse in these cases occurred many years ago and in many cases that we have dealt with victims who thought that they would not be believed because of the high profile nature of their abuser. Following the substantial number of allegations against Jimmy Savile and the way that these allegations have been handled , more people have felt able to come forward to report details of the abuse, more confident that their voice will be heard.
What can we do
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
Our Child Abuse Solicitors are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in any of the situations outlined above please contact the Abuse Team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094and one of our specialist Child Abuse Lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened in the past, we will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support to rebuild your life.