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Sports Abuse

Sports Abuse Compensation Claims

Playing sport and taking part in a hobby at a sports club or organisation is a fundamental part of growing up. Most children who enjoy extracurricular activities, such as football or netball, enjoy the experience and find it rewarding. Sadly, sports clubs can also be an environment where child abusers prey on the young people who are meant to be in their care.

In most of the cases where this has happened, perpetrators have been in a position of trust or responsibility, using their relationship to manipulate children and sometimes their parents. For sports clubs, this could be a coach or any other staff member involved with matches and training. Opportunities to be alone with children can also arise from overnight stays during tournaments or during travel to and from matches.

Unfortunately, the sad reality is that child abuse in sports clubs can happen anywhere and to any youngster – regardless of their gender, race, age or sporting ability.

In recent years, it’s been widely reported that well-known national football clubs, in both the amateur and professional game, have been the subject of allegations of historical child abuse dating back to the late 60s and 70s. During this time, and the decades leading up to the major safeguarding reforms of the late 1990s, it was possible for almost anyone to gain unrestricted access to children and young people in a sports environment. Organisations like the FA have improved their policies and processes with regards to background checks since, but it is acknowledged that major failures saw them fail in their duty of care.

Worryingly, these failures were not exclusive to football. Other sports have also been caught up in this historic abuse scandal – including athletics, tennis, swimming and many other activities.

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We understand the physical pain and emotional trauma victims suffer. To obtain free expert advice or start an assault claim, please get in touch today – we promise to handle your case with discretion and care.

Making a Sports Abuse Claim

If you or someone you know has suffered child abuse in sport, we can help to hold the perpetrator to account and claim compensation for the pain and suffering they caused. Although we understand that no amount of money can ever erase or heal the past, it can help survivors pay for private counselling or therapy whenever they may need it. The fact that an abuser will finally have to face justice can also bring a degree of closure.

How much will my abuse claim cost?

All abuse cases taken on by us are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

No Win, No Fee

With no win no fee, there aren’t any upfront charges or hidden costs. If you do win your case, we will charge you a ‘success fee’ as a percentage of the compensation you receive, this will then be capped at a maximum of 25% – and in many cases this is significantly less than this so you will receive the majority yourself. This fee will be agreed between you and your solicitor before we take on your case.

McKeag & Co have been established on Tyneside for over 100 years and during this time have been successful in obtaining millions of pounds compensation for people who have suffered abuse.

Call Us on (0191) 213 1010 to arrange an initial free consultation or alternatively contact us online.

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