Can a victim of child abuse sue for compensation decades later?


Can a victim of child abuse sue for compensation decades later?

Following recent changes to NSW legislation in 2016, victims of child abuse no longer face a time limit to bringing a compensation claim for damages.

Under the old law, victims had between 3-12 years to bring an action for damages in Court.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse found that these limitation periods were ‘a significant, sometimes insurmountable, barrier to survivors pursuing civil litigation’.

This comment is spot on when you consider that the average time taken for a child abuse victim to disclose the abuse is 22 years, well past the former 3-12 year limitation period.

Completely removing time limits means more survivors are eligible to commence a claim for compensation.  Any person who suffered sexual or serious physical abuse when they were under 18 years can claim for compensation – regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred, where the abuse occurred, or who the perpetrator was.  It also covers actions that are continued by a victim’s estate after their death and actions brought by the dependent’s of a deceased victim.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of child abuse, they could be entitled to damages for:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Economic loss (past and future);
  • Payment of medical expenses such as counselling; and
  • Domestic assistance.

Brazel Moore Compensation Lawyers is experienced in helping survivors of child abuse succeed in a claim for compensation.  We handle each claim with care, compassion and confidentiality.  We have acted in many claims against both the perpetrator and the negligent institution such as a school, church or the Department of Family and Community Services (formerly DOCS).

Our firm’s experienced compensation Lawyer, Peter Moore, understands the severe and lifelong injuries that victims of child abuse can suffer.  He will approach your claim in a discrete and respectful manner and our trauma-informed support staff will make sure the process is as simple as possible.

We offer a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement, which means that you don’t have to pay us if you don’t win.

No matter what your story is or how long ago the abuse occurred, contact Peter Moore today for an obligation free, confidential chat.  Your suffering is real and we are here to help you fight for your rights.


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