Are you a survivor of institutional abuse? Our specialised and experienced institutional abuse lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Stacks Goudkamp For Your Institutional Abuse Claim
Common Law Claim
I just want to thank Ali and the additional team members for the help they have provided me over the past three years with a case that was recently settled.
Ali’s help was second to none. She was transparent, honest, and very reassuring throughout the whole process. Additionally, she was very comforting in my time of need.
There is no time limit for institutional child sexual abuse cases. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse removed the limitation period in all jurisdictions in Australia.
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the impact that the abuse has had on your life, your ability to work, your need for care and assistance as well as medical expenses. In some cases, exemplary and aggravated damages are available. These are “Special Damages” that are designed to punish the offender or institution for their conduct.
Damages are the sum of money a person is entitled to if it can be proven that another party has caused them harm. In an institutional abuse case, you will be seeking damages from the institution for the harm that the abuser has caused you.
Stacks Goudkamp act on a no win, no fee basis. We pride ourselves on having experienced staff who work efficiently to achieve the best possible financial outcome for our clients. Unlike most law firms who offer a no win no fee conditional costs agreement, we do not charge an uplift or success fee. There is no pay as you go for disbursements and no litigation lenders.
It is difficult to provide an exact timeframe as each institutional abuse claim is unique and brings its own individual facts and issues. Most cases take 12-18 months to get to a mediation or settlement conference. If your case does not settle at mediation, we expect it to take a further 12-24 months.
You should always speak to a solicitor at Stacks Goudkamp before applying or accepting an offer from the National Redress Scheme. If our advice is that you make an application to the National Redress Scheme, then we can refer you to knowmore https://knowmore.org.au/, who can assist with that application, free of charge.
Legislation has been introduced in some States that may allow you to revisit your settlement. If you settled your case before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse or for under $100,000.00 then you should speak to a lawyer at Stacks Goudkamp about the possibility of re-opening your case.
In most circumstances, sexual abuse has a severe impact on your mental health, ability to lead a normal life and your financial position. It impacts your family, your friends and alters the trajectory of your life. If you have been sexually abused as a child in an institution, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for the impact of that abuse.
Sexual abuse law is a complicated and developing area of law. In institutional abuse claims, common law cases are brought against the institution for negligence and vicarious liability.
To bring a common law case in negligence, we must prove that the institution was aware or ought to have been aware that the abuser was a risk.
To bring a common law case in vicarious liability, we must prove that the abuser was employed by the institution and that the abuse took place, in the course of that employment.
It may seem simple, however, finding evidence to support a claim in negligence and or vicarious liability in an institutional abuse case takes experience. Often, compromise and negotiation is required in cases of this nature because of these difficult legal arguments.
Damages in legal terms means money…
The range of damages for each case will vary…
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