Sexual abuse claims

Mar 23, 2023 | Publication

Whether the abuse occurred when you were a child or an adult, we are here to support you through the claim process. It is our aim to assist you with this process so that you are able to own your entitlement, making life that little bit easier which sometimes only financial relief can do.

Although it may be a confronting thought, rest assured we will deal with the paperwork and solicitors for you to make things as simple as possible. Your matter will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Dealing with so many of these matters, though unfortunate the circumstances may be, we are able to gain the most for you with the experience this brings. With that, we also have access to an experienced range of expert medical practitioners who regularly provide evidence as to the trauma such events have caused and, in many instances, still cause.

Whether the claim be against an individual, professional, government organisation, institution, teacher, employer or religious organisation, it is important to be informed about what you may be entitled to and whether there are any time limitations applicable to commencing a civil claim.

The National Redress Scheme, available until 30 June 2027, offers compensation and support to applicable persons who have sustained abuse in an institution which has joined this Scheme. If you do accept compensation from the National Redress Scheme however, it is likely that you will be precluded from pursuing a civil claim which usually results in a larger pay out. 

With the commencement of a civil claim, some abuse claims have no time limitation periods. Other abuse claims have a time limitation period of three years. Although it is important not to be discouraged if the abuse occurred many years ago, it is also important to know where you stand.

When determining the amount of damages to be awarded in a civil lawsuit for historic sexual abuse, a court will take into account a range of factors, including the severity of the abuse, the length of time it occurred, and the impact it has had on the plaintiff’s life. If the plaintiff is suffering from a psychiatric disorder as a result of the abuse, this may be considered a significant factor in assessing the impact on their life.

It is important to note that every case is unique, and the specific details of the case will be taken into account when determining the amount of damages to be awarded. It is recommended that anyone who is considering bringing a lawsuit for historic sexual abuse speak with a qualified lawyer who can provide advice on their particular situation.

We are here to help you navigate through these difficult and complex issues and recommend that you arrange a meeting with us, free of charge.

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this publication is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. We are not responsible for the information of any source to which a link is provided or reference is made and exclude all liability in connection with use of these sources. If you do not wish to receive newsletters from us, please let us know.

Latest Insights

New Coercive Control Laws in NSW as of 1 July 2024

From 1 July 2024, coercive control will be a crime in NSW when a person uses abusive behaviours towards a current or former intimate partner with the intention to coerce or control them. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Act 2022makes it an...

Key Rules on Discovery Procedures for Prospective Defendants

Rules 5.2 and 5.3 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (UCPR) provide essential guidelines on discovery aimed at identifying or locating prospective defendants. These rules are instrumental in the pre-litigation process, ensuring that applicants can gather...

5 Ways A Director Can Be Sued

Directors can be sued for all sorts of reasons.  Here are 5 of them. Reason #1: Insolvent Trading A director can be sued if the company he or she is a director of trades whilst insolvent.  A director has a duty to prevent the company trading and incurring...

7 Ways to Enforce a Judgment

After a judgment is obtained for an amount of money, there are numerous options open to a judgment creditor in relation to how to enforce the judgment (i.e. how to obtain the money which is owed pursuant to the judgment). Option #1: Issue a Bankruptcy Notice If the...

Who Can Bring a Compensation to Relatives Claim?

In the unfortunate event of a loved one's passing due to negligence or wrongful act, the Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 in New South Wales outlines the parameters for pursuing compensation on behalf of the deceased. Understanding who has the legal standing to...

10 Myths of Being Sued

If you or your business are sued, there are many myths about how the legal process will pan out.  Here are 10 myths about the legal process – all are incorrect. Myth #1: The matter will definitely go to a hearing Most matters settle before a Judge decides...