Abuse in Hospital & Healthcare
In a healthcare setting medical professionals have a duty of care to protect their patients from sexual, physical and emotional abuse. This doesn’t change whatever part of the healthcare system you are in including impatient, NHS or private.
If you’ve experienced sexual abuse as a result of your involvement in hospital or a healthcare organisation either as a patient or as an employee, you may want justice, compensation, or simply an apology. You may also want further advice and support.
Whether the sexual abuse suffered was by an individual who was an employee or fellow patient in hospital or a healthcare organisation, you deserve justice. For many people, this includes the compensation you may be entitled to. While compensation can't undo the experience of suffering abuse, it can help you start to move on with your life.
Institutional abuse at Hill End Hospital
In 2017, an investigation was commenced into the allegations of beatings, mistreatment and sexual abuse, including rape suffered at the Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans between 1969 and 1995 by former staff members. Over 100 victims provided evidence to the investigation and over 70 members of staff were investigated.
Hill End was supposed to treat teenagers with psychiatric illnesses but became known as a “dumping ground” for children for whom the NHS and local authorities had run out of other ideas for.
Survivors told how they were sexually abused and filmed during strip searches, while children were also beaten. Survivors accounts disclosed being kept in police type cells and sedated for days at a time without reason or justification. As well as the sedation and physical abuse that accompanied it, survivors have reported being raped and sexually abused by hospital staff while being sedated or during strip searches under the pretence of checking for items they could harm themselves with.
You can find more about this topic by listening to our podcast: HJ Talks About Abuse: Institutional abuse at Hill End Hospital
How can we help
Whichever course of action you choose, our lawyers have many years’ experience of working with survivors of abuse, and will always have your best interests at heart. You’ll find us sensitive to your needs, expert at listening, and thoughtful and considered when explaining the options open to you.
Our team of specialist solicitors have helped many people secure sexual abuse compensation. One of our team can offer you a free consultation to give you advice on making a claim. They can meet you at home, in our office, or any location you choose – or we can talk on the phone if you prefer.
Please don't feel worried or embarrassed discussing your claim with one of us. We'll deal with your case with great care and attention, and completely confidentially, to help you achieve the justice you deserve.