Childhood Abuse Compensation Claims

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Historical Abuse Claims Process

We know it takes a lot of courage to speak up and share your experience. That’s why our work is founded on compassion and unwavering commitment to supporting survivors.

When you seek abuse compensation through GMP Law, you’ll meet with an experienced and compassionate lawyer to discuss your experience confidentially.

With that information, we’ll be able to provide you with a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility to claim.

Your lawyer will then make sure that you are aware of all your options, make thoughtful recommendations and walk you through any legal processes that may need your attention.

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Generally, childhood sexual abuse cases are settled privately through mediation. This involves all parties engaging in confidential discussions to reach an agreement, as facilitated by a neutral third-party mediator. However, if a settlement can’t be achieved, we are prepared to take your case to trial (litigation).

Mediation generally resolves within months, while litigation can take years. This is one reason why we offer our no-win, no-fee policy: regardless of how long your case takes and its associated costs, you can pursue redress without the stress of legal expenses — as our fees are contingent on a successful resolution.

National Redress Scheme Claim vs a Civil Claim

Survivors of historical child abuse may file either:

  1. A civil abuse compensation claim, or
  2. A National Redress Scheme claim.
 

Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Federal Government established the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

While the National Redress system provides an important and extremely valuable service, survivors should be aware that civil claims can often result in higher payouts — and that accepting a settlement under the National Redress System precludes you from seeking further damages.

For this reason, we strongly recommend that survivors of historical abuse speak to a specialist lawyer before accepting payment through the scheme. 

A common misconception in historical abuse cases is that a perpetrator has to face criminal charges before civil claims can be filed. This is not true. If you or a loved one is a childhood sex abuse survivor, you can sue for compensation even if no criminal charges have been filed. This often means that civil action can succeed where criminal action has failed.

If you’re considering filing a claim, the first step is to book a free, confidential consultation with an experienced abuse compensation solicitor.

What compensation can I expect for my abuse claim?

Survivors may be eligible to seek compensation for damages including:

Institutional Abuse Claims

At GMP Law, we recognise institutional sexual abuse for what it is. A horrific betrayal by professionals responsible for a child’s well-being.

While seeking compensation cannot undo the experience of abuse, it can provide a measure of justice and financial support for survivors of child sexual abuse in their journey towards healing.

Our institutional abuse lawyers have the experience, compassion and tenacity to seek justice on your behalf. 

Book a free, confidential consultation with our specialised historical abuse lawyers today.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners have provided friendly, experienced legal advice to communities across Australia for over 35 years. Our Personal Injury Lawyers have taken on ten’s of thousands of cases and we are proud to have won billions of dollars for our clients.
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