It’s never too late to seek a psychological damage claim
Deciding to make a psychological damage claims for something that happened in childhood may be a brave first step, but it is only the first step. With many of these kinds of cases, where the claim can be for something that happened many years ago, the task ahead of the claimant can seem insurmountable. Just deciding to press on with a psychological damage claim, despite the difficulty, requires determination, support from friends and family, and expert legal advice.
Recent news stories throw a light on what is often a dim and murky area. This month, one-time television celebrity Rolf Harris was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for serious sexual assaults on minors. Some of his crimes were committed more than thirty years ago and it is expected that more women will come forward to say they too suffered at his hands. The same thing has happened in the Jimmy Savile investigation; once the first person is brave enough to speak out, others follow. It’s also fair to assume that for all those who have since gone public there are many more who still find it impossible to do so.
Perhaps it’s not surprising that those representing the defendants in these types of cases often say the accusers are just out to get as much as they can, making up stories to support their claim for psychological damage or other compensation claim. No doubt this happens from time to time, with people jumping on what they see as a bandwagon and a way to get some money. However, when you hear how some of the victims of Harris and Savile have suffered, everything from depression, alcoholism, the feeling of worthlessness and of having their childhood stolen, only the hard-hearted would deny they deserve some kind of compensation.
Not all psychological damage claims for trauma suffered as a result of a childhood incident will be as grievous as these examples, far from it, but they do prove that it’s never too late to seek justice, no matter how much time has passed. Taking the first step will be the hardest one of all for many people but this is where the expertise of a successful legal team can help.
PHC Law has more than 100 years’ combined experience in dealing with all sorts of cases, including those for psychological damages, and have a 98% success rate. If you’ve suffered in silence for too long, maybe now it’s time to speak out.