Sexual and Physical Assault Claims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, we may be able to alleviate some of the loss you have suffered by commencing a compensation claim on your behalf.
We cannot comprehend, nor will we pretend to understand what those that have been sexually or physically abused have gone through. We will however fight for justice and fairness on behalf of those whom have fallen prey at the hands of their perpetrators.
Our team are compassionate, unwavering and will work with you every step of the way. Money will not replace what you have lost, but it can help fund your recovery and the support you need to move forward.
Time limitations lifted for certain victims
A recent victory for certain survivors of abuse has been the removal in some jurisdictions of the statutory limitation period for child abuse victims to seek compensation. This means that certain claims against individual perpetrators or the flawed institutions in which they worked are no longer statute barred as would ordinarily be the case for other types of proceedings.
The lifting of the statutory limitation period has not yet been adopted by all jurisdictions and there are notable differences between those that have endorsed these recommendations made by the Royal Commission.
It is hopeful that all jurisdictions will soon follow so that all victims of child abuse can seek justice no matter what the type or where the abuse occurred.
Our lawyers will advise you on the applicable timeframes relevant to your particular circumstances.
Taking the first step
Once muted, the occurrence of sexual and physical abuse is now discussed more openly and has become widely acknowledged. Australia, through lobbying groups and advocacy is taking abuse seriously. The lifting of time limitations and the recognition of a much wider category of conduct that constitutes abuse are significant breakthroughs for those seeking and deserving of compensation.
The reasons for delays by a victim seeking compensation, particularly child victims, are now more readily accepted and the Courts more understanding and tolerant to grant extensions.
When you consult with our lawyers, your matter will be treated with the utmost discretion and sensitivity.
We have helped clients seek compensation for assaults suffered as a result of abuse sustained in various situations. Some of these may include:
- public and private schools including boarding schools;
- churches and religious institutions;
- care facilities for children run by Government or charitable organisations;
- juvenile justice centres;
- foster homes;
- circumstances where there is a position of trust such as doctor / patient, teacher / student, sports coach / participant, parent / child.
If you have suffered abuse, no matter when and in what circumstances, we urge you to arrange a discrete consultation with one of our compassionate and experienced lawyers.
How much will it cost? We offer ‘no win, no fee’* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay our legal fees unless your claim is successful. We believe anyone with a claim deserves access to legal representation, no matter their financial circumstances.
Legal costs will depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim.
For more information on our No Win, No Fee* guarantee, contact our expert lawyers for a confidential and obligation-free consultation.