Historic Child Abuse Compensation Claims Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee
Our team provides expert advice in relation to group actions and individual claims concerning allegations of abuse.
The number of child abuse claims in Scotland is expected to rise sharply as a result of the Scottish Parliament passing a new law on the time limits for making claims. Previously, victims could only make a damages claim up to three years after the injuries resulting from the abuse took place. Now, since October 2017, the new Act has removed this time bar. If you or someone close to you has suffered child abuse, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Whilst no amount of money could help you recover from such a trauma, a financial award can help towards the cost of treatment and counselling, and any financial loss you may have suffered as a result of historic child abuse.
Our team regularly deal with such cases and will treat your claim with the strictest confidence. To speak to someone who can help, call 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.
The Scottish Government has recently lifted the three-year time limit on making compensation claims for child abuse. Previously, victims were only able to make a claim within three years of the abuse taking place, meaning that most historic child abuse claims were time-barred. Now, this is no longer the case.
This change in the law has serious implications for councils, charities, churches, schools and other organisations. The abuse claimed for could be emotional as well as physical or sexual and could also comprise neglect or ‘omission’.
Who can make a claim for historic child abuse?
The new Act – the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 – opens the door to historical claims, but still applies some restrictions on who may claim. To do so, claims must relate to:
- abuse inflicted on children aged under 18 at the time it occurred
- abuse carried out on or after 26 September 1964
Victims will not be able to claim if they have already claimed, and been paid, some compensation for their abuse. However, if they claimed compensation, but had their claim rejected by the abuser, their insurers or the courts because of the old three-year time limit, they may be able to raise another claim under the new legislation.
Contact our historic child abuse claims lawyers
If you have suffered historic child abuse contact our professional and understanding team today. The team is spread across our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, with our Dundee team covering Aberdeen and the North of Scotland.
We will discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim with you and will explain clearly and concisely how best to proceed. We will also be upfront about how likely your claim is to succeed, any costs involved, and also whether we can offer to work on a no-win, no-fee basis.