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Author: Megan Stanley


Systemic failures in preventing abuse in Victorian schools

Systemic failures in preventing abuse in Victorian schools

In a harrowing inquiry into child sex abuse at Victorian state primary schools, survivor stories of heartbreak and devastation have emerged. The focal point of this investigation is Beaumaris Primary School, however, the inquiry is looking at 24 schools where four alleged perpetrators worked over 40 years.

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Abuse compensation due to negligence of sporting associations

Abuse compensation due to negligence of sporting associations

In the realm of sports, the revelation, in late 2023, surrounding Perth Wildcat Kendal “Tiny” Pinder exposes the unsettling reality of sporting “heroes”. Pinder’s on-court success overshadowed his off-court predatory actions and now, former Wildcat’s owner, Bob Williams, faces a groundbreaking civil action for failing to protect young fans from Pinder’s predatory actions.

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Abuse victim awarded $12 million in damages after nightclub assault

Abuse victim awarded $12 million in damages after nightclub assault

We explore the case of Mr Leonard, a man who suffered life changing physical and mental disabilities as a result of an assault after an altercation with a nightclub bouncer in Hobart in 2014. Mr Leonard sued the bouncer and the employer of the bouncer, and was awarded over $12,000,000 compensation.

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Beaumaris Primary School child sexual abuse inquiry expands

Beaumaris Primary School child sexual abuse inquiry expands

The Victorian Government’s Board of Inquiry into child sexual abuse claims in Beaumaris Primary School and other government schools has taken a significant turn as it expands its scope to include six additional schools and uncovers allegations against two previously unnamed teachers.

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What does the court consider in a stay of proceedings application?

Child abuse claims - can they be thrown out of court?

In this article we will consider what is a ‘stay of proceedings’ and look at what a court might consider to grant an application for a permanent stay of proceedings in child abuse claims.

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Alleged sexual abuse by Launceston nurse

Emerging history of Launceston nurse’s acts of sexual abuse

Launceston nurse, James 'Jim' Griffin has been charged by Tasmania Police with more than a dozen offences related to child sexual abuse. We believe there may be a basis to allege that the departments and organisations involved, breached their duty of care.

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Difference between a common law claim and the national redress scheme for victims of childhood abuse.

Achieving the best compensation for survivors of childhood abuse

Historically, the lasting consequences of child abuse, particularly (PTSD, has prevented survivors throughout Australia from accessing the compensation they rightfully deserve. In this article, we look at the primary differences between compensation via the National Redress Scheme and a common law claim due to someone else’s negligence.

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Can I quit my job while on workers compensation?

Can I quit my job while on workers compensation?

While you can resign while on workers compensation, it is extremely important to understand that resignation may affect your entitlements. You should ensure you obtain legal advice before resigning.

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Encephalitis and Medical Negligence Claims

Encephalitis and medical negligence claim

In this article, we look at what encephalitis is and what may lead to a medical negligence claim for sufferers.

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Can I lodge a personal injury claim for my child?

Can I bring a personal injury compensation claim for my child?

Claims involving children, particularly medical negligence claims, often involve quite complex issues. Navigating the issues to be addressed is quite challenging and there is usually a need to obtain expert opinion to support a claim.

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Cauda Equina Syndrome & Medical Negligence

Cauda equina syndrome and medical negligence

In this article we look at what cauda equina syndrome is and what may lead to a medical negligence claim for sufferers.

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Hall Payne objects to reliance on insurer’s medical evidence and secures worker’s entitlement

Hall Payne objects to reliance on insurer’s medical evidence and secures worker’s entitlement

Work related injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in Australian workplaces. One may assume that a fair and equitable workers compensation scheme would assist injured workers during their period of recovery,…

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