Victims of abuse including sexual assault, institutional abuse, clerical abuse, childhood abuse, or sexual abuse or harassment in the workplace are protected both by the criminal law and the civil law. Victims have the right to seek compensation through the courts.
Assessing your Situation
Victims of sexual assault like other injured persons may bring personal injury cases for compensation through the courts for the injuries and loss they have suffered. It is normal in the preparation of a case to obtain detailed medical reports from Doctors and Psychiatrists who can provide professional opinions on the effects of injuries the victim has suffered. These cases require time to obtain evidence, medical experts and witnesses.
Calculating of Compensation by Irish Courts
Compensation is awarded by the Irish Courts under the following headings:
- Injuries you have received,
- Your medical costs,
- Any loss of earnings which you may have occurred.
- Other costs.
Important Time Frames
Whilst events of this nature may have occurred many years ago this does not prevent the commencement of court proceedings. Extension to the normal time frames can be allowed for several reasons. Detailed advice should be taken in this regard and delay should be avoided if any form of legal action is being considered.
In recent years the topics of child sexual abuse, institutional and clerical abuse are rarely out of the media. The disclosures of recent years have led to a number of enquiries as to the cause and handling of these events. For further information on these reports click here
Paul Tracey is a qualified solicitor and has worked in the area of personal injury litigation for over 30 years specialising in the area of child sexual abuse both in Irish High Court and before the Residential Institution Redress Board. Paul has been a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) for many years.