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- 17 Dec 2021
  • Personal Injury

I was sexually abused as a child. Will this prevent me from bringing a compensation claim as an adult?

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Over the years we have assisted hundreds of people with claims for compensation as a result of sexual abuse when they were a child.  The claims have been brought against individuals, the government, churches and various organisations. We are often told that burying the memory of the abuse and not talking about it is how the person has dealt with the effect of the abuse.  Many years go past before the person is ready to discuss bringing a claim for compensation with a lawyer.

Ordinarily, a person bringing a claim for personal injury sustained while they are a child is required to do so by their 21st birthday.  Legislation in South Australia allows a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or serious physical abuse to bring their claim outside of that timeframe.  This means the person can bring their claim when they are ready to come forward without the need to seek an extension of time to do so.

If the claim is brought many years after the abuse took place, the person or organisation responding to the claim may assert they are prejudiced in defending the claim.  It is therefore important that you contact a lawyer as early as you are comfortable with for advice regarding any claim you may have regarding childhood sexual abuse.

Over the years DBH Lawyers have assisted hundreds of people with claims for compensation as a result of sexual abuse when they were a child.   We have a senior female and senior male lawyer experienced in bringing compensation claims for victims of abuse against individuals, the government, churches and other organisations.  This means we can accommodate a request for either a female or male solicitor to discuss whether you are entitled to bring a claim and for that lawyer to then manage your claim to its final resolution.

Contact Floyd Bakewell at DBH Lawyers on 08 8231 3668 to make an appointment to discuss your entitlements to bring a compensation claim.