The UK has some of the highest rates of acid attacks in the world. An average of two attacks per day are recorded by police forces across the country. Some of these horrific crimes are not always reported meaning that the figures may only be a fraction of the true total.
An acid attack is also known as acid throwing. It’s a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a corrosive substance onto the face or body of another person, usually with the intention to disfigure, injure, torture or even kill.
The effects of an acid attack are catastrophic. Not only do the victims have to deal with the initial physical injuries and excruciating pain of the attack but these sorts of injuries are for life and will have huge psychological and social consequences.
The effects of the acid on the body are immediate and permanent. Victims of acid attacks are left with permanent scarring. But what people don’t realise is that this scarring can prevent victims from doing everyday tasks such as eating or drinking. Victims can become blind or even deaf if the acid gets in their eyes or ears. Acid not only burns through skin, it can burn easily through cartilage meaning it can get into nostrils and destroy them which then causes breathing difficulties. Many victims inhale toxins from the acid causing internal injuries.
Victims of acid attacks have a lot to deal with psychologically. The most obvious difficulty being that they have to deal with their appearance and the scarring. Not only do they have to deal with how they view their appearance but also how members or the public react. A person’s face is part of their identity, it defines a person. Post traumatic symptoms are common in victims of acid attacks they may suffer with flashbacks, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety or depression.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of an acid attack, you should make a claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA compensate blameless victims of violent crime. This compensation could make a big difference to your future.
There is also support available from the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI). They are a non profit charity whose purpose is to end acid violence.
So if you are the victim of an acid attack and you are looking for friendly and supportive solicitors to help you then contact us today on 0161 615 5554 for a free no obligation chat. We offer no win, no fee on each case.