Injury

Abuse

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When you have suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse, the process of making a claim can often be stressful and complicated. Our team of Injury Law Accredited Specialists will work with you to ease the burden of making a claim and help you seek justice:

  • We acknowledge that every client’s circumstances are unique and we tailor our approach based on your individual needs.
  • We help you with payment of wages and access to medical services. Our team will work collaboratively with you and your medical team to make things right and get you moving again.
  • We handle all the paperwork and problems and work with you to ensure that all issues are resolved as quickly as possible so that you can focus on recovery.
  • We offer client advocacy and case coordination to help you with access to services and funding within the community.
  • We will facilitate referrals to the most appropriate professionals best suited to your needs and will support you to attend medical appointments and other assessments.
  • We provide a holistic assessment of your needs and provide you with options for the future to ensure that you can move forward with confidence.

We Understand...

Ensuring that you have a lawyer that is experienced yet understanding, compassionate and accessible is important to every client. At Robinson Gill, we understand that seeking legal assistance can be a difficult decision. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you feel supported at all stages of the legal process and will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome.

  • We understand that suffering an injury, whether physical or psychological, will impact your life in many ways and that your needs may change as your circumstances do. Our team is committed to providing a flexible and adaptive approach which will ensure that your ongoing needs are met throughout the claims process.
  • We appreciate that many clients find the legal system difficult to understand and navigate. Our lawyers will remove this complexity by providing you with information that is simple and easy to understand so that you can make informed decisions with confidence.
  • We understand that it is important that you are kept up to date with the progress of your matter. Our lawyers will provide you with regular updates and remain accessible to you throughout your claim as part of our commitment to ensuring a client centred service.
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Abuse, whether sexual, physical or mental, profoundly impacts victims and their families. Where you, or someone you know, has been the victim of abuse it is important that you are aware of your entitlement to seek compensation for the injuries sustained. We will guide you and give you the confidence to make things right.

Abuse claims are where a person has been the victim of physical and/or sexual abuse and now seeks compensation for the injuries that have arisen out of it.

It is important that you are aware of your entitlement to seek compensation for the injuries sustained.


UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF POLICE

You do not have to report the abuse to the police however, we encourage victims to make complaint to police where they feel they are in a position to do so.

If the police did not or could not prosecute this does not prohibit a civil abuse claim, as the legal requirements and standard of proof differ from the criminal standard.


UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU CAN CLAIM FOR

There are a number of types of claims that can be made that vary in compensation. For example; a Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (or “VOCAT”) application; or where a criminal conviction has occurred compensation pursuant to Section 85b of the Sentencing Act; and/or a civil claim for damages for the injuries received. In addition, the Catholic Church and other organizations have a number of programs where Informal Settlement Conferences can be utilised to receive compensation.

Generally compensation can be sought for pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and medical and like expenses.


UNDERSTANDING TIME LIMITS

This varies depending on the type of claims you wish to make, and can vary anywhere from 12 months from the date of a criminal conviction, to 12 years from the date of injury. It is possible to get an extension of time to bring proceedings in certain circumstances.


NO WIN, NO FEE

Generally Robinson Gill Lawyers act for victims of abuse where they believe there is a reasonable prospect of success, on a “no win, no fee” basis. This does not include out of pocket expenses such as Court fees and expert fees, however Robinson Gill supports the non-profit organisation Law Aid which may be willing to fund such out of pocket expenses.

A relevant consideration in any abuse case is the ability to recover compensation from the potential Defendant. This may be via their assets and/or income. Further, consideration is also given as to whether a claim may be able to be made against an institution if the abuse occurred in that context.


Our People

Jodie Gerritsen

Accredited Specialist - Injury Law

Jeremy King

Accredited Specialist - Injury Law

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE ABUSE CLAIMS?

This is where a person has been the victim of physical and/or sexual abuse and now seeks compensation for the injuries that have arisen out of it.

DO I HAVE TO REPORT THE ABUSE TO THE POLICE?

No.  However, we encourage victims to make complaint to police where they feel they are in a position to do so.

WHAT IF POLICE DID NOT/COULD NOT PROSECUTE?

This does not prohibit a civil abuse claim, as the legal requirements and standard of proof differ from the criminal standard.

WHAT CAN I CLAIM FOR?

There are a number of types of claims that can be made that vary in compensation.  For example; a Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (or “VOCAT”) application; or where a criminal conviction has occurred compensation pursuant to Section 85b of the Sentencing Act; and/or a civil claim for damages for the injuries received.  In addition, the Catholic Church and other organizations have a number of programs where Informal Settlement Conferences can be utilised to receive compensation.

Generally compensation can be sought for pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and medical and like expenses.

WHAT TIME LIMITS APPLY?

This varies depending on the type of claims you wish to make, and can vary anywhere from 12 months from the date of a criminal conviction, to 12 years from the date of injury.  It is possible to get an extension of time to bring proceedings in certain circumstances.

WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD LAWYERS?

Generally Robinson Gill Lawyers act for victims of abuse where they believe there is a reasonable prospect of success, on a “no win, no fee” basis.  This does not include out of pocket expenses such as Court fees and expert fees, however Robinson Gill supports the non-profit organisation Law Aid which may be willing to fund such out of pocket expenses.

WHAT IF THE OFFENDER HAS NO ASSETS OR CANNOT BE LOCATED?

A relevant consideration in any abuse case is the ability to recover compensation from the potential Defendant.  This may be via their assets and/or income.  Further, consideration is also given as to whether a claim may be able to be made against an institution if the abuse occurred in that context.

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