All children who are in the care of an institution or organisation have the right to protection and reasonable care. If you – or someone you know – has sustained injuries as a result of sexual abuse, then you may have the right to claim compensation from the institution responsible for providing your care.
Sexual abuse can leave a lifetime of trauma and emotional pain, increase risk of mental health issues and impact on all areas of your life including career and relationships. Psychological injury is recognised by law as a damage able to be claimed, and if you have suffered injuries including psychological injuries, you may be able to lodge a compensation claim.
In many cases, our clients have turned to us after experiencing sexual abuse at schools, government organisations including foster care, non-government, religious and military organisations.
At ROC Legal, our specialist legal team have managed a range of institutional sexual abuse claims. If you believe you have a case, contact our team for a confidential discussion about how we can help you in your claims process.
Institutional sexual abuse claims navigate around a very complex area of law. There are certain evidence guidelines required and timeframes that must be adhered to. At ROC Legal, our team manages your claim with compassion and understanding. We respect the sensitive nature of the matter and maintain privacy. Our team is happy to meet at a location convenient for you. Initially preliminary meetings are required to assess the suitability of your claim, and we are also available via phone and email.
Every claim is obviously different, and the entitlements vary from case to case. The best way for us to assess your claim is to meet with you to explore the elements of your claim, and discuss the circumstances relating to your case. That way, we can work with you to let you know if it is possible to proceed in making an institutional sexual abuse claim.
We service majority of Queensland and can travel to a suitable location to meet with you. We respect the sensitive nature surrounding these matters and can maintain privacy by accommodating to your needs. It’s important that we have this preliminary meeting to assess the suitability of your claim, and we are available via phone or online if it’s not possible to meet in person.
The usual timeframe to make a claim is within three years of the incident. With institutional sexual abuse, timelines can vary so it is important to get in touch with our team as soon as possible to assess what we are able to do or your specific case.
Your first consultation with ROC Legal is free, and our team ensures we are thorough in providing you with detailed legal advice with sensitivity, empathy and discretion.
What can I claim for?
When you make a claim for institutional sexual abuse, we will help you recover for what you are entitled to. You may be able to claim for:
As a rough guide, sexual abuse claims may take anywhere from six months to a year and sometimes longer, depending on the complexity of the case. We understand this process can be different and emotionally taxing and aim to progress your case promptly and efficiently, so you are able to move on with your life as quickly as possible.
In most cases where a matter can be settled without going before the courts, your matter is entirely confidential and discrete. If your case matter does go before the courts, then there is a possibility that it may be made public, however the team at ROC Legal will make every attempt to suppress your name and details.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, it is recommended that you report your crime to the police. While not necessary, it can be helpful for your case if there is a criminal charge or conviction on file. If in doubt, we can help you – call 1300 196 219 for a confidential discussion with out principal legal practioner Robert O’Neil.
We specialise in compensation law, and we’d love to help you with your compensation claim and get your life back on track. Working through a compensation claim can be tough, but when you have ROC Legal on your side, the whole process is smooth. We’re a boutique firm who treat every client with respect, courtesy and care, but we’re big enough to be able to handle even the most complex of claims and compensation issues.
We’re compensation legal experts, and we’re waiting to take your call. Get in touch with the legal professionals who care at ROC Legal on 1300 196 219.
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