Our client was just 15 years of age when she experienced abuse from an older man who was both controlling and manipulative. He was convicted for child abduction and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to serve 4 ½ years in prison for his offences against our client.
When she was 19 years old she appointed a member of our specialist team of abuse lawyers to help her claim for criminal injuries compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on a no win, no fee basis.
The time limit for making a claim was due to expire on her 20th birthday, so it was important for us to act swiftly.
Criminal injuries compensation application
An application was prepared and submitted to the CICA. Further evidence was obtained to support the application, including our client’s GP records. This allowed abuse lawyer Rachel Thain to investigate whether our client would be eligible for a higher award on the basis that she suffered a disabling mental injury as a result of the abuse.
The CICA accepted the abuse had a significant detrimental effect on our client's mental health and wellbeing and offered her an award of £16,500, which she chose to accept.