Making a claim for compensation following a sexual assault or abuse

There are specified statutory time limits imposed by law for bringing negligence claims. These limitation periods are contained within the Limitation Act 1980.

Sexual and physical abuse claims involve physical, psychological harm and distress. Therefore typically the law treats these claims as personal injury claims, on this basis a 3 years limitation period will apply. However the court often exercises discretion to extend limitation due to the nature of these type of claims.

Great Deals
What does it mean?
Keep 100% of your damages.
There may be a deduction from your damages if you decide to get after the event insurance. Click Here*

All sexual and physical abuse claims/actions are subject to statutory time limits for bringing claims. A high proportion of child abuse claims involve limitation issues as many of the incidents of abuse occurred 20/30/40 years ago. The courts recognise this issue and they have developed the law in recent years to take into consideration statutory time limits on cases involving abuse.

However you must bear in mind that every case is different and it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible if you are thinking of making a claim. The court will have absolute discretion to extend a limitation period, and will decide based on fact and evidence whether each case/claim for abuse can proceed. The claimant must show the court the reasons why there has been a delay in bring a claim against the alleged defendant.

The court will consider these reasons and then attempt to determine whether the claimant (you) has a reasonable prospect of success. However it is often difficult at the preliminary stage to assess prospects.

Confidential Enquiry

All initial enquires with our legal team are free, confidential and there’s no obligation to proceed. We can visit your home, you can come and see us at our offices, we can discuss over the telephone and SKYPE. We are willing to make you free as comfortable as possible when making the initial step to tell us what has happened.

We Cover Most Sexual & Physical Abuse Negligence Case types, see More information below…

Call us free today:
No Win, No Fee
Maximum Compensation
Negligence Specialists
Do I have a claim for Sexual or Physical Abuse?
Funding options for Sexual or Physical Abuse Claims
Our professional duty of confidentiality
Time limitations to bring a Sexual Abuse Claim
Types of Sexual or Physical Abuse

Latest Cases

Find Been Let Down on:

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs can give you a good overview of the things you need to know

Beenletdown is a trading name of Armstrong Solicitors Limited, a company registered in England & Wales (Company number 05770681) and an incorporated practice recognised, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of the directors is available for inspection at the below address. By using this website, you expressly agree to be bound by this disclaimer and that your use of this website is at your own risk. Clear here to view the full disclaimer.

© 2017 Been Let Down
Registered Office: 5th Floor, The Plaza,
100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9QJ.
Company Reg No. 05770681 VAT Reg No. 889964354