Institutional Abuse is the mistreatment by a person in authority or with responsibility of an individual under the care of an institution or organisation. This abuse can range from neglect and poor care to sexual and physical abuse within a care setting.
At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent victims of institutional abuse across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our human rights team are experienced, understanding and sympathetic and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you are owed for what has happened.
Where can Institutional Abuse occur?
NHS (hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres)
Emergency children’s placements
Religious organisations; churches, convents
Out of school activities- drama/sport club
What responsibilities do institutions have?
Practitioners who work within an institution have a duty of care and professionalism to those who use the service. If you believe you are/have been abused by someone who owed a duty of care, you may be entitled to compensation.
What types of institutional abuse can form the basis of a case?
Depriving the individual off adequate food and drink/ starving the individual
Misuse of medication
Neglecting the individuals’ religious, ethnic, and cultural needs
Preventing the individual off visits from family and friends
Emotional Abuse- Blackmail
Failing to provide the individual with medical/personal equipment.
Delivering a neglected, congested, unhygienic, lack/poor quality of staff in the institution.
Inappropriate use of force
Failure to implement the individual’s privacy.
Failure to protect individual from harm- e.g. not cautioning an abusive service user
How can I finance an institutional abuse case?
We know that funding a case of this nature might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
Legal expenses cover
After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
Our first consultation is free and we will be happy to discuss funding with you to find the best option for your circumstances.
What is the time limit for bringing an institutional abuse compensation claim?
There is no specific statutory time limit for bringing an institutional abuse claim. This means that there may not be a strict legal deadline by which you must file your claim. However, it is still important to act promptly, as gathering evidence and pursuing a claim can become more challenging with time.
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