Farleys Solicitors in Manchester Secure £54,000 Settlement in Child Abuse Claim
Farleys Solicitors in Manchester have secured a £54,000 settlement for a client who was the victim of child abuse which took place over 30 years ago. The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, suffered abuse of a sexual nature, including instances of rape, for over a year at the hands of his social worker. The abuse, which took place at Stonecross School in Ulverston, Cumbria in and around 1978, occurred when the client was just 12 years old.
Jonathan Bridge, head of the abuse and actions against detaining authorities department at Farleys Solicitors in Manchester, successfully brought a compensation claim for child abuse against Lancashire County Council. After an initial settlement of £35,000 was rejected, a £54,000 out of Court settlement was reached. The claim was based on the suffering and pain the client was innocently subjected to, and the resulting psychological trauma that has had a prolonged effect; restricting his ability to form relationships and pursue a ‘normal’ working life.
Speaking on behalf of the client, Jonathan Bridge of Farleys commented:
“Our client has suffered for many years as a result of this abuse, and the settlement achieved can at least go some way to him obtaining closure on the horrendous events he suffered as a child.
“This child abuse compensation claim goes to show that cases of this nature can be pursued for many years after the events occurred, and do not necessarily have to involve Court proceedings, which for obvious reasons, clients would rather avoid.
“We are in no doubt that our client was not the only child to suffer at the hands of abuse at the school, and others like it, during this time. Our client has given us permission to publish the details of his case in order to make others who may also have suffered abuse aware that they can pursue a claim against the local authority or indeed their former abuser, despite the time lapse since the events took place”.
For more information about making a claim against social services or to speak to a specialist child abuse claims solicitor, contact Farleys Solicitors on 0845 2870939.
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