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Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims
If you have been sexually abused, we understand that money will never undo the past. However we also understand that the right to seek financial compensation and damages can be a very important part of the healing process for victims of sexual abuse. That’s where our abuse lawyers can help.
Abuse Lawyers With Compassion
We appreciate that discussing these traumatic events can be very difficult, particularly when the sexual abuse occurred during childhood. Our abuse lawyers take pride in their ability to create a comfortable and respectful environment for our clients. We will foster a relationship with you based on trust and understanding. If you have been sexually abused, no matter how long ago the sexual abuse took place, our team of dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers are here to provide you with expert advice about your rights to compensation.
Why Choose Stacks Goudkamp For Your Sexual Abuse Claim
At Stacks Goudkamp our abuse lawyers are highly experienced in handling cases for victims of sexual abuse. We have successfully obtained compensation for the devastating impact sexual abuse has had on the lives of countless victims. We are experienced in bringing claims for sexual abuse victims against individuals and institutions/organisations, including:
  • Religious organisations including the Catholic Church (and their religious orders), the Uniting Church and the Anglican Church
  • Government departments and facilities, such as the Department of Community Services and the Department of Corrective Services
  • Educational institutions including public and private schools and boarding schools
  • Health and other professionals, such as doctors, counsellors (psychiatrists and psychologists) and teachers

I just want to thank Alex and the additional team members for the help they have provided me
over the past three years with a case that was recently settled.

Alex’s help was second to none. He was transparent, honest, and very reassuring throughout the whole process. Additionally, he was very comforting in my time of need.

I just want to thank Alex and the additional team members for the help they have provided me
over the past three years with a case that was recently settled.

Alex’s help was second to none. He was transparent, honest, and very reassuring throughout the whole process. Additionally, he was very comforting in my time of need.

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This was especially noted when it came to making time within his busy schedule to allow me to come to his office and speak with him personally to discuss some of my concerns after a turn of unfortunate circumstances.

I still cannot thank him enough for that chat. He is probably unaware of just how much help the talk between us had really meant to me.

I will highly recommend Alex and his team to any friends and family if they ever seek similar help. It was an absolute pleasure doing business.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SEXUAL ABUSE

We are experienced in bringing claims for sexual abuse victims against individuals and institutions/organisations, including:

  • Religious organisations including the Catholic Church (and their religious orders), the Uniting Church and the Anglican Church
  • Government departments and facilities, such as the Department of Community Services and the Department of Corrective Services
  • Educational institutions including public and private schools and boarding schools
  • Health and other professionals, such as doctors, counsellors (psychiatrists and psychologists) and teachers; and
  • Individuals

The evidence and the way in which sexual abuse is proved will depend on the cause of action and the potential defendant.

When suing an institution, for example, we must establish negligence per the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW). We would look at evidence about what the institution knew or ought to have known about the perpetrator’s actions. This would involve an inquiry into matters such as any previous incidents involving the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s criminal background.

Proving a claim against an individual where negligence is not involved involves a different course of action. Evidence such as police reports, medical reports and counselling records would be of assistance in such a case.

Our expert lawyers will advise you on the evidence required to prove abuse.

Yes, we have extensive experience suing individual and professional perpetrators.

An important aspect that we will advise you on is whether that individual or professional has sufficient means to satisfy a judgment against them.

We act on no win, no fee basis. This means that there is no cost and no obligation to you if you do not proceed with your sexual abuse claim and/or ultimately do not achieve a compensation verdict.

Our lawyers will provide you with a detailed cost disclosure in the event that you decide to proceed. This is in the form of a cost agreement, which is provided after the initial consultation. During the initial consultation, our lawyers will provide you with a clear explanation for how legal costs are calculated and the circumstances in which the Defendant will cover those legal costs. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Before talking to our sexual abuse lawyers, many of our adult clients who were subjected to sexual abuse during their childhood thought it was too late to make a claim for compensation.

The normal expiry date for personal injury claims is 3 years. However, if you were sexually abused as a child, there is no time limit to bring a compensation claim. This change in the law occurred in 2016 and is retrospective. This means that if you were sexually abused as a child, you are not time barred from bringing a claim no matter when the abuse occurred. The only condition is that you were abused before you turned eighteen.

The legislation that abolished the time limit for victims of childhood abuse also applies to previously time barred claims. As a result, if you have tried to claim compensation for childhood sexual abuse before but have been told by lawyers or a judge that you were out of time, you can bring your claim again. This does not at present allow victims who have settled their cases or been awarded compensation/damages by a Court to bring a further claim. Our lawyers are presently involved with the Law Society in making recommendations to change this area of the law. However it does remove the limitation period for unresolved cases, which was often a difficult hurdle to overcome.

Alexander Morrison, Practice Group Leader, handles the majority of sexual abuse claims at Stacks Goudkamp. Alexander is assisted by Megan Sault, Associate.

Alex and Megan are compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers. They have successfully acted for numerous sexual abuse victims in the past.

For more information, and to arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, please contact Alexander or Megan on 02 9237 2222 or alternatively, make an online enquiry.

MEET THE TEAM

Alexander Morrison

Practice Group Leader
Alex is a Practice Group Leader at Stacks Goudkamp. He has extensive experience in personal injury claims having successfully represented many clients in connection

Megan Sault

Associate
Megan is a personal injury solicitor in Alexander Morrison’s Practice Group, having been admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales

WHAT COMPENSATION CAN I CLAIM?

Being subjected to sexual abuse can have a severe impact on your life and financial position. If you have been sexually abused, you may be entitled to claim the compensation.

The applicable law will vary depending on who you are suing and what cause of action you are therefore bringing. For example, claims in negligence against an institution will be governed by the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), while claims in intentional tort against individuals will generally be governed by the common law and the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).

The damages that you are entitled to will vary depending on whether the applicable law is the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) or the common law, or both. Under the common law, there is access to ‘exemplary’ and ‘aggravated’ damages, which are special damages that are awarded to ‘punish’ and to signify the outrageous conduct of the perpetrator. These damages are generally not available under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) in negligence actions.

Regardless of whether the damages are assessed under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) or the common law, it is important to understand that compensation is awarded for the way you are worse off as a result of the abuse. For this reason, Stacks Goudkamp will take the time to understand your circumstances before and after the abuse to allow us to maximise your claim for compensation.

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Each compensation claim is unique and we will always advise you on your entitlements. However, as a victim of abuse, you may be entitled to:

  1. Non-economic loss: this head of damage relates to losses that are not capable of precise mathematical calculation. Traditionally, this has included pain and suffering, loss of amenities, disfiguration, loss of life expectancy and loss of enjoyment of life. The Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) sets out the threshold you must meet to qualify for this head of damage and also sets out a statutory maximum.
  2. Care and domestic assistance: this head of damage encompasses any personal care (such as assistance with dressing and showering) and domestic assistance (help with the gardening, cooking, washing etc) that you have needed in the past and will need in the future due to the injuries you sustained as a result of the abuse.
  3. Past and future gratuitous care: in order to claim for ‘gratuitous’ (or unpaid care often provided by family members), you must satisfy the statutory threshold provided by Section 15 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW). The care must be provided for at least 6 hours per week for at least 6 consecutive months.
  4. Commercial care: A claim may be paid for both past commercial care (this is care such as cleaning and nursing that you have been required to pay for) and for future commercial care. The care must be reasonable and necessary and usually requires support in the form of evidence from medical practitioners.
  5. Past and future out-of-pocket expenses: Past out-of-pocket expenses include any reasonable expenses you have incurred for treatment, medication and travel due to your injuries. These expenses should be evidenced by receipts and medical evidence. Future out-of-pocket expenses relate to the treatment you will require into the future such as psychology sessions. Again, claims for future treatment must be supported by medical evidence.
  6. Past and future economic loss: if your ability to work has been impacted by the abuse in the past, a claim can be made for this. Future economic loss takes into account the ongoing effects of your injuries on your ability to perform your pre-accident employment, future employment prospects and any loss of earning potential you suffer due to the abuse
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The Stacks Goudkamp way

We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the compensation they need and deserve.

We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For
over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the
compensation they need and deserve.

Reach Out

Call or Email us to start the process and to receive expert legal advice for personal injury or compensation claims. Seek the professional support you deserve on (02) 4058 2715 or enquire online through our website.

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Here, we will explain the next steps and what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome.

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We will not require you to pay our legal fees, or any expenses (disbursements), unless we win your personal injury claim i.e you receive compensation. We know that being injured can result in terrible financial pressures.

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We pride ourselves on giving every injured Australian the peace of mind that we will look after them by acting on a no win no fee basis for their compensation claims.

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I could write a book as to how the last 4 years would have been different if not for Tom and his team.
The support, assistance, advice from the first conversation till even after the settlement was second to none from the team at Stacks Goudkamp.
Four years on and after many downs, my children and I have our lives back.
We are unable to THANK YOU enough, but know that you have changed our lives for the better in so many ways since the accident.

- Andrew and Family
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