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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.
We are experienced in bringing claims for sexual abuse victims against individuals and institutions/organisations, including:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We are just a call or email away. Do not struggle with complex personal injury claims processes and in dealing with insurance companies on your own. We are here to listen and to help you to get the compensation you deserve.
We will not charge you for a comprehensive initial consultation where we will listen to your needs and provide you with free detailed advice. Compassion is what drives us. You can be sure that your questions will be answered.
Here, we will explain the next steps and what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome.
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.
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.
Contact your local team for a free consultation to find out if you are eligible for compensation