Queensland Sexual & Institutional Abuse Lawyers

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If you have suffered any form of physical, mental or sexual abuse in Queensland, even if you have previously sought assistance in the past, or if your case is historical, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

We know that no amount of compensation can take away the pain and trauma of abuse, but it can aid in providing treatment and assistance to help you overcome your experience and heal some of the damage it has caused in your life.

Institutional abuse is a broad term used to describe abuse which occurs within the premises of public and private institutions, or where activities of such an institution took place (such as school camp) or by an official of an institution. Examples of these places in Queensland might be:

  • Public and private schools, educational facilities and boarding schools;
  • Commonwealth and State Government bodies;
  • Defence departments;
  • Places of worship such as churches and other religious institutions;
  • Care facilities and homes;
  • Sporting clubs;
  • Detention centres;
  • Many other public and private organisations.

There are no longer time limits associated with making a claim for institutional child abuse in Queensland. This includes institutional child sexual abuse, but also physical and mental abuse.

Queensland law recognises that survivors of child abuse can continue to suffer from the effects well into later life, with impacts reaching into all corners of life, from family and social networks, to work and day-to-day living.

Lionheart Lawyers understand how difficult it can be to come forward and make a claim against the institution where your abuse occurred. Our highly skilled professionals are ready to listen with utmost sensitivity and discretion and will do everything they can to support you through the claims process.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

Lionheart Lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience in pursuing compensation claims and advocating for victims to help them obtain the compensation they are entitled to.

If you or someone in your life has been the victim of institutional child abuse in Queensland, contact Lionheart Lawyers for a free and confidential initial consultation. We will listen to your case and provide expert advice on how to proceed.

Your eligibility for compensation will depend on many factors, including the circumstances of the abuse and the impact it has had on your life.

If you have previously sought assistance for your Queensland child abuse claim, you may have already heard about the National Redress Scheme. This scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice before applying to this scheme. Call Lionheart Lawyers so we can help you to understand how to maximise your entitlements and identify the claims option best suited to you.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in Queensland

In Queensland, there are no time limits for making an institutional child abuse claim. If your institution abuse occurred as an adult, contact us to understand your entitlements.

Depending on the details of your case, you may be eligible for different types of compensation, such as:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past and/or future economic loss;
  • Medical and treatment expenses; and
  • Domestic care and assistance.

Many survivors are nervous about the amount of time it takes to pursue compensation, or the need to attend court. Unfortunately, there is no prescribed timeframe or formula for an institutional abuse case. Every case is different. Some may settle without the need to go to court, and others will need to commence court proceedings.

The important thing to remember is that your lawyer will be there to guide you through the process and fight on your behalf for everything you are entitled to.

The benefits of pursuing a claim for institutional abuse can also extend beyond financial compensation. For example, your claim may help others who have suffered in the same institution, or even prevent future abuse from occurring within that institution.

It costs nothing to contact one of the multilingual and compassionate experts at Lionheart Lawyers for an initial consultation. We make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. We understand how the trauma of abuse can affect every person in unique ways, and we will work with you to ensure you feel safe and supported at every step of the process.

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