Institutional Abuse Lawyers for Queensland

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Claims for survivors of institutional abuse.

If you were a victim of institutional physical or sexual abuse, we know that no amount of money can erase the trauma. However, we believe that you deserve to be compensated for what happened to you, and our expert team can help you make a claim.

You may be able to claim compensation for loss of wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical care (including psychological care, such as therapy or prescription medication) and lost superannuation.

Our lawyers act with confidentiality and empathy, and have successfully represented other clients who have been through similar situations to you. We know that institutional abuse claims are deeply personal and can be triggering. Every step of the way, we’re here.

100% risk-free promise

No risks or upfront costs with our unique ‘No Win. No Risk. No Catch’® promise.

Free advice

If you just want to know what your rights are, we’re here. Get free advice today from our Principal Lawyer, Greg Smith.

Queensland wide service

We’re here for all Queenslanders. No matter where you are, we can act for you.

We come to you

We offer no-obligation home visits to explain the claims process. Available across SE Queensland including Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

The institutional abuse claims process

Get initial advice & home visit

Our compensation experts check if you may have a claim & explain the process during a home visit, office meeting or over the phone.

Kick off with our legal team

Once you sign up, your assigned legal team will gather all the required details, organise reports & start your claim.

Negotiate your claim

We build your case over 12-18 months & negotiate with the insurer of the institution to secure your lump sum settlement.

Nothing to pay unless you win

Nothing to pay us, or anyone else unless we win your case. If you win, only pay for the work done to secure your compensation.

Common questions about claiming

Are there time limits?

No. In Queensland, the previous time limit of three years has been removed, which means victims of institutional abuse can make a claim for compensation, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

How long will it take?

The majority of institutional abuse compensation claims can be completed within 12-18 months, but this can depend on a variety of factors. Very complicated matters can take longer. Your lawyer will discuss this with you when we begin your claim.

Who can I claim against?

Your claim is made against the insurer of the institution where your abuse took place. You may still be able to make a claim for compensation even if your institution no longer exists.

How much will it cost?

We offer a ‘No Win. No Fee. No Catch’® promise, which means there are no upfront costs and you will never be left out of pocket. We explain our fees to you before we start your claim, and are always calculated on the actual work we do (not a fixed fee or percentage).

What injuries are covered?

You can make a claim for any injury that was caused by, or made worse by, your abuse. This can include physical injuries or psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression or PTSD.

What about the Redress Scheme?

There are several significant differences between a compensation claim and the Redress Scheme. Most importantly, the Redress Scheme has capped compensation at $150,000, whereas a compensation claim has no limit. You should speak to a lawyer before accepting Redress as it may void your future compensation entitlements.