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£352,000 Compensation For A Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Sexual Abuse Claim

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 27th February 2023. Legal Expert is the UK’s best resource for finding information guides, cases studies, and information on personal injury compensation claims. We work with a panel of specialist no win no fee solicitors from across the country, helping people to secure the compensation that they deserve in cases such as cases involving Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sexual abuse. Our specialist personal injury compensation solicitors have years, or even decades, of experience in helping clients which have gone through traumatic cases such as that described in the case study below.

PTSD Sexual AbuseIt is difficult to get statistics pertaining to teenage sexual abuse and sexual abuse trauma in activities or organisations such as the Scouts. According to the UK charity, the NSPCC, most cases of child sexual abuse is not reported or prosecuted. Those that are reported may be done so many years or even decades after the event. In cases of child sexual abuse, there are usually only two parties present at the time of the incident, the victim and the abuser.

After the historic case was reported to the police and the defendant admitted their prior actions, a claims case was agreed upon in an out of court sexual abuse compensation settlement. You can learn more about the events surrounding this case, and how Legal Expert may be able to help you by reading our case study below.

Childhood Sexual Abuse And PTSD

Experiencing sexual abuse as a child can result in people having lasting sexual assault PTSD symptoms in later life which can negatively and seriously affect a person’s life. The impact and the overall effect of childhood sexual abuse (and PTSD in later life) can be varied. Some adult survivors of historic sexual abuse can have no mental health concerns, whilst other victims may experience a variety of different mental health conditions at different points in their life. Sexual abuse trauma symptoms can include a very complex combination of different factors.

Factors which affect the nature and variety of sexual abuse trauma symptoms that people will suffer can include any of the following;

  • What other types of trauma a person has experienced, as well as the nature of that trauma, can affect the way a person’s sexual assault PTSD symptoms will be experienced.
  • How old the person was at the time they were assaulted.
  • The relationship the victim had with their abuser.
  • How long the sexual abuse lasted for.
  • The support network the claimant had, whether they were believed and how they were treated.

You can read more about the different ways that childhood sexual abuse and PTSD can affect a person in this guide by UK charity, Survivors In Transition. You can also find information on how to spot sexual abuse and sexual abuse trauma symptoms in this guide from the NHS.

The PTSD Sexual Abuse Case

Solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant secured a sexual abuse compensation award of over £350,000 for the claimant. At the time of the case, the claimant was 45 years old and was suffering from PTSD sexual abuse symptoms as well as psychosis. It was alleged that that was the result of a sexual abuse that the man experienced 30 years ago when a teenager.

The allegation went on to say that the claimant had suffered from sexual abuse as well as emotional and physical abuse over a period of four years by the defendant. The defendant was a leader at a local branch of the national organisation, the Scouts. Solicitors for the claimant alleged that he was given cigarettes and alcohol by the defendant and that they had been involved in sexual games, nudity and viewed pornographic magazines.

On one such occasion (which was highlighted in the claim) the claimant was locked in a room on their own until the defendant returned to carry out abuse on them. This included physical and other events. Onn another event highlighted in the sexual abuse compensation case, the claimant was provided alcohol by the defendant and another man before becoming unconscious. When the claimant woke up they had been seriously assaulted.

The claimant in this case study did not report the events to anyone from fifteen years after the events, due to their Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. After reporting the abuse to the police, the defendant was arrested and subsequently charged with sexual abuse. The defendant later admitted some of the alleged events had happened. However, he denied responsibility for causing the physical and psychiatric injuries caused.

Evidence Of The PTSD Sexual Abuse

Solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant were able to obtain evidence from both a plastic surgeon (supporting the physical injury allegations) and a psychiatrist (supporting the psychological injury allegations). The combined evidence helped to prove that the PTSD sexual assault symptoms, such as scarring and psychiatric issues were caused by the defendants’ actions.

The claimants’ psychiatric injuries suffered as a result of the abuse had caused a lifetime of mental health issues. The claimant had previously been sectioned several times and had also attempted self-harm and suicide. The psychiatrists report stated that the claimant was unstable emotionally, had a schizophrenic personality disorder and PTSD sexual assault symptoms. The claimant was also said to have an alcohol dependence which had developed as a result of the abuse. A course of treatment was recommended, though it was noted that the claimant would likely be left with lifelong psychological problems. The physical PTSD sexual abuse symptoms had left scars which would be permanent, according to the consultant surgeon and would always be visible.

Solicitors for the defendant countered that other factors in the claimants childhood could have caused the psychological injuries and that the compensation award should be lower as those factors should be taken into account.

The Conclusion And Settlement

In this case, the PTSD sexual assault case was settled out of court. In this case, the compensation for sexual abuse was set at £352,000. The childhood sexual abuse and PTSD compensation amount included damages for the physical and emotional injuries as well the cost of the claimants medical care and their loss of earnings. The award took into account both the expenses and loss of earnings that the claimant had already suffered, as well as being designed to help them in the future.

As sexual abuse compensation cases can include a variety of different physical, emotional and psychological injuries, the amount of compensation that a person may be entitled to can vary substantially. View our sexual abuse compensation calculator to see how much your claim could be worth.

Compensation For Emotional Distress In The UK

There are different ways to make sex abuse claims. In this section, we examine depression compensation payouts from a personal injury claim as well as claiming through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Firstly, you cannot claim in both ways. In addition, once you have received a settlement, your claim cannot be reopened.


One way to claim for sexual abuse is through the CICA. The CICA is a government body that awards compensation for criminal injuries in Great Britain. There are certain eligibility requirements. We’ll look at personal injury claims shortly.

To qualify for a CICA claim:

  • You must have reported the incident to the police because your police reference number is required.
  • Provide evidence that you meet the residency requirements.
  • Submit medical evidence, which means that you will have to attend an independent medical exam arranged by the CICA.

Unlike in a personal injury claim, you do not need to gather your own evidence. This is because the CICA will liaise with the police.

In addition, a depression compensation payout is awarded based on the probability of the crime occurring.

You will also need to start the process within the typical two-year time limit. However, there are exceptions to this, such as for historical sexual abuse.

Finally, if you are successful, your compensation will be awarded from the tariff found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. If you are claiming for more than one injury from the tariff, it will be subject to the multiple injury formula. You could also be awarded special expenses.

Personal Injury Sex Abuse Claims

Another way to seek compensation is through a personal injury claim made against the perpetrator or a vicariously liable party. For example, if you suffered sexual abuse at school because appropriate background checks were not carried out, the school would be considered vicariously liable.

Your injuries, including mental health suffering will be assigned value based on compensation brackets found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document used by legal professionals to help them value injuries for claims made in England and Wales. Special damages may also be included in your award.

You will require evidence as part of the claiming process. In addition, you typically have three years from the date of the injury to start proceedings.

If you would like free legal advice about claiming compensation for emotional distress in UK, call our advisors.

No Win No Fee Sexual Abuse Trauma Claims

A no win no fee contract may also commonly be known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or simply ‘CFA’. A CFA is an agreement or contract between the claimant and their solicitors firm. Taking any kind of legal action, even when you are in the right, can be expensive. No win no fee agreements were designed to ensure that a claimant does not have to worry about making upfront payments towards their legal fees or other such costs, when they may not have the funds to do so. They were designed to ensure that access to legal recourse is not restricted to those who can afford to hire a legal team and pay upfront costs.

Put simply, a no win no fee solicitor will work on a client’s case without initial payments. If they are not able to win any damages or compensation for the claimant, the claimant won’t have to pay anything towards the solicitors costs. For the claimant, there is no risk and no hidden catch. If the solicitor does not win the case, the claimant won’t have to pay.

Legal Expert are able to offer claimants no win no fee legal services. If your no win no fee solicitor is successful in pursuing your claim, you will need to pay towards your legal costs. The final amount you will need to pay will be calculated as a percentage of your compensation award. How this is calculated will be set out in your Conditional Fee Agreement.

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