Abuse Law Queensland and WA

Coming to terms with abuse can be a very difficult process. While no amount of money can take away the harm the abuse may have caused you, compensation may be available and can help you to obtain the support you need to help you through this difficult time.

Abuse claim lawyers

Shine Lawyers’ team of abuse claim experts can act on your behalf to help you access compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Our team will do all they can to make sure the compensation process is as simple as possible and they will strive to recover the full amount of compensation for which you are entitled.

We believe that you have the right to stand up against injustice regardless of your financial situation, that is why we offer to work for you on a No Win No Fee* basis, which means that you won’t pay any legal fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation.

With a strong understanding of the fragile state that many abuse survivors are in, our lawyers recognise the importance of ensuring that all litigation is run in a respectful and empathetic manner.

Shine Lawyers is highly experienced in bringing claims for individuals who were subjected to abuse within:

  • Church or Church-run institutions
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Child care centres
  • After-school care centres
  • The workplace
  • Medical service centres and rooms
  • Public places
  • State and Federal Government Departments.

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Our offer to you

  • Obligation-free consultation to assess your case confidentially

  • Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

  • We can come to you - if you can't make it into the office we're more than happy to come to you

  • No Win No Fee arrangement

Common questions about Abuse Law Queensland and WA

If you've been sexually abused or abused in any way, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation under Queensland or WA law.

Depending on the circumstances of the incident the law can be quite complex, which is why it's always best to seek legal advice to explain the process to you in a way that is easy to understand.

It's important you find a lawyer that's right for you, that shows compassion, respect and has a wealth of experience when it comes to sexual abuse claims.
Laws across that States and Territories of Australia vary and chance over time. Accordingly, the process of bringing a claim will vary widely depending upon the particular circumstances of the case.

The first step of the process is to make contact with a legal expert who has the appropriate experience in sexual and historical abuse matters.

Should you decide to proceed with Shine’s Survivor Litigation team, we will take into account all of the evidence required and provide you with guidance regarding your particular situation.

We will take the time required to fully explain the legal process to you and your family if necessary, so that you understand your rights and hopefully can regain some control through what can be an incredibly tough ordeal.

We will look at all the options that are available to you. These may include commencing civil litigation, or approaching the organisation concerned directly to engage in informal negotiations outside of the court process.

We work closely with survivors, their families, primary care providers and medical support to minimize inconvenience and stress throughout the claims process wherever possible.
When it comes to sexual abuse claims, there can be important time limits. The time limit to apply for compensation from the State or pursue a civil claim against the offender is 3 years from the date the offense took place under Queensland or WA law.

Claims can be made outside the prescribed time limits, particularly if the injury or harm happened when you were a child.

We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure your right to a claim is not lost due to a time limit.
The amount of compensation you are entitled to claim depends on many things specific to your situation. Once an expert lawyer has reviewed the facts of your situation they will be able to advise you and give you a good indication of how much compensation you can expect.

Abuse claims against individuals
The compensation that may be available in an abuse claim against an individual can include payments for medical expenses and loss of earnings should you be unable to work because of the injuries you’ve sustained.

Abuse and harassment claims against institutions and employers
If you have experienced sexual abuse or harassment in a school or orphanage, university, at work, in a taxi or nightclub you may be able to sue the institution or employer for compensation.
It's important you speak to a sexual abuse claims experts that can help you get the support you need during this difficult time.
Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations in Queensland and WA. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.


Western Australia
Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can help you determine your rights and bring forward a claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.

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