Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Historical Sex Abuse Claims

No Win, No Fee Brisbane Lawyers

If you have been a victim of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, Attwood Marshall Lawyers has a team of expert abuse lawyers ready to assist you to make a compensation claim and seek the justice you deserve.

Established in 1946, our lawyers are heavily experienced in representing abuse victims, handling every matter with compassion, empathy and respect. Abuse can cause catastrophic, devastating and tragic effects which can impact victims of abuse for their entire life. We understand that no amount of money can change the past and take away the pain inflicted on you.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers act on behalf of those who have been victimised and suffered abuse, injury or discrimination at the hand of someone else. We believe in supporting our clients as they navigate the most challenging of times. Our firm’s intent is to help people and we take great pride in helping those in our community that need it most.

We will fight determinedly to assist victims of abuse, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred, nor how powerful the person or institution we are coming up against.

We support our abuse victim clients and we believe them and want to help them receive the justice they deserve.

Our abuse lawyers are trained to listen and connect, to truly understand your circumstances and your life story. We know it can be extremely difficult to speak about the abuse you have endured. Your private information will remain confidential and we only take steps that you are comfortable with, as instructed by you.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers work on a No Win, No Fee basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be charged for any costs.

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Our Process

1. Get in touch

Tell us your story, we’re here to listen

2. Consultation

Our expert Brisbane legal team will meet with you for your initial consultation

3. Negotiation

You can leave this to our team to handle, who will manage all discussions and fight to get you the best result

4. Settlement

We will process your payment as soon as it has been received

Abuse Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I make the abuse claim against?

  • The person or person/s who abused the victim – whether priests, employers, foster parents, members of the public, relatives, school teachers, sporting coaches, or similar.
  • Churches
  • Religious institutions
  • Australian Defence Force (ADF) – Army, Navy, RAAF
  • Primary schools
  • High schools
  • Universities
  • Boys homes
  • Juvenile detention centres
  • Orphanages
  • Government Departments
  • Kindergartens, preschools and childcare centres
  • Prisons
  • Employers, businesses, companies, workplaces
  • Detention centres
  • Other institutions

My abuse happened a long time ago. Are there time limits to make an abuse claim?

In Queensland, the previous three-year time limitation (i.e. 3 years from your 18th birthday) for claims involving victims of child sexual abuse was recently removed.

It does not matter how long ago the abuse was endured – victims of child sexual abuse or historical abuse can bring a historical abuse claim for compensation at any time.

We recommend that you contact Attwood Marshall Lawyers as soon as you are comfortable to do so, to discuss your matter and determine your entitlements to claim compensation for the abuse you suffered.

Are abuse claims worthwhile?

Yes.

Historically, abuse claims have often involved little by way of reparations, empathy, understanding, or compensation being afforded to the victims of abuse. There once were problems faced by victims when trying to prove the abuse occurred many years after the event. Even where abuse was proven, the amount of compensation awarded was minor in comparison to the abuse the victim had endured.

This is no longer the case and those obstacles have since been removed so abuse survivors can have easier access to the compensation, justice and vindication they deserve.

Who helps me through an abuse claim?

When you make an abuse claim with Attwood Marshall Lawyers, we will guide you through and take care of the entire process. In addition to our expert lawyers and staff, we have access to leading abuse barristers, counsellors, support groups, psychiatrists, doctors, specialists, liability experts, police, investigators and other parties that are on hand to assist with your claim.

Most importantly, we are here to offer our support and advocate on your behalf – every step of the way.

How do I make an abuse claim?

We recommend that you obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

We will assist you with the process of making the necessary steps to proceed with your claim.

Whilst there are no guarantees, most abuse claims resolve out of court at confidential, settlement conferences – where we talk on your behalf, so you do not have to (unless you want to tell your story).

How long does making an abuse claim take?

Abuse claims typically take 6-18 months, unless they are unexpectedly complicated. Once we have discussed your situation with you, we can give you a more realistic idea of the likely timeframe your claim will take.

What compensation can I claim in an abuse claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim depends on many variables relevant to your personal situation and circumstances.

Compensation can often include pain and suffering, income or wage loss, treatment costs, care and assistance or home help costs.  Depending on the size and type of claim, you may also be able to claim a significant contribution to your legal fees from the defendant.

Why Should I Choose Attwood Marshall Lawyers?

Attwood Marshall Lawyers have acted for victims of abuse and mistreatment in Brisbane for 75 years.

Our lawyers are trained to listen and connect with you to ensure that we understand your story and what is important to you.

Our Brisbane team are leaders in the compensation law industry.

We act on a No Win, No Fee basis.

We know that this can be an overwhelming, confronting process for abuse survivors. We are here to assist you in every way that we can to ensure that you achieve your optimum result in the shortest time and with as little stress as possible.

No Win, No Fee Brisbane Lawyers

Attwood Marshall Lawyers act on a No Win, No Fee basis on all abuse claims, so you only pay our fees if you win your case and receive compensation. There are no upfront costs. We offer a free, no-obligation and confidential discussion to learn about your story and determine what you are entitled to. You can make an appointment to visit our team at Level 27, Santos Place, Turbot Street, Brisbane, or simply speak to us over the phone or via Zoom.

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