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Angela graduated with an Arts/Law degree in 1982 and commenced practice handling workers compensation claims for injured workers. Between 1985 and 1986, Angela worked as an Industrial and Legal Officer for the Federated Fire Fighter’s Union. In 1986, Angela returned to personal injuries and has been a personal injuries Law Institute Accredited specialist since 1993. Angela is supported by a team of experienced solicitors and paralegals dedicated to the provision of expert, trauma informed legal advice.

Our office is on the lands of the Yulukut Weelam of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal people.

 

 

Comcare

If you were injured at work in Commonwealth employment or in the course of employment with a licensee, you may be entitled to compensation under the Comcare scheme.

 

Sexual and Institutional Abuse

If you have been a victim of childhood abuse, we can give you specific advice regarding the type of claims that are open to you including out of court settlement processes or the issuing of legal proceedings.

WorkCover

If you were injured in state-based employment, you may be entitled to benefits under the Workcover scheme and/or common law damages.

 

Superannuation and TPD Claims

If you are unable to work, you may be entitled to weekly benefits or a lump sum under your superannuation fund.

 

TAC

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to benefits under the Transport Accident Scheme and/or common law damages.

 

VOCAT Applications

If you have been a victim of crime, even if there has been no conviction, you may be entitled to compensation through the Victims of Crime Assistance Scheme.

Sentencing Act Applications

If you have been a victim of a crime and your perpetrator has been convicted of offences against you, the sentencing judge can order him/her to pay you compensation.

 

 

 

Public Liability

If you were injured in a public place and someone else is at fault, you may be entitled to common law damages.

 

our expertise

 

Angela Sdrinis Legal was established in 2014 and specialises in Comcare, Sexual and Institutional Abuse, Workcover, Transport Accident Claims (TAC), Superannuation and TPD, Victims Of Crime Applications (VOCAT) and Public Liability. Our principal lawyer and Director, Angela Sdrinis, has been a Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist since the scheme was introduced in 1993. She has over 30 years’ experience and has acted for thousands of people who have been survivors of Institutional child sexual abuse and workplace injuries covered by the Comcare scheme. She is supported by a team of committed lawyers and paralegals who have considerable expertise in helping people with compassion and understanding.

Our firm specialises in representing people who have been survivors of Institutional abuse and is regarded a leader in this area.

Angela Sdrinis Legal has represented numerous witnesses giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Child Abuse including at public hearings into the Salvation Army (Southern Territory), the Catholic Church, Geelong Grammar and the Defence Force. 

We have pursued numerous claims for former wards of the state who allege that they have been abused in care. We have acted for child migrants who reside in Australia and the UK and for members of the Stolen Generation. We have pursued or investigated claims on Redress Funds established in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria.  

Angela Sdrinis Legal has also acted for victims of Defence Abuse

Angela Sdrinis Legal recently won a landmark decision in the Victorian Court of Appeal regarding the use of medical records in civil sexual assault cases (http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VSCA/2018/159.html).

We also provide expert advice in Comcare claims for Commonwealth employees and other workers covered by the National Scheme.  Our firm has made submissions to Government with respect to inquiries into the Comcare scheme.

We have also made submissions with respect to reviews of the Comcare scheme, bullying and harassment and the management of injuries and injury claims by Australia Post.

Angela Sdrinis Legal currently act for members of the CWU, Telecommunications and Australian Postal Workers Divisions and for members of the National Union of Workers who are covered by the Comcare Scheme. Angela Sdrinis Legal has won Comcare cases in the AAT against the Australian Federal Police, Telstra, Australia Post, the National Australia Bank, Linfox and various Commonwealth Departments and has represented injured workers in the Federal Court.

We have over 30 years’ experience in acting for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, injured at work (WorkCover) and in public places. In addition to the expertise outlined above, the team, including accredited personal injury specialists at Angela Sdrinis Legal, can provide advice on a no win no fee basis in the following areas: Superannuation and TPD.

 

14.05.2024 Updates in Comcare: Presumptive Liability, Rehabilitation/Medical Examinations, and Impairment Guide - Fair Work Legislation (Closing Loopholes) Act 2023 (Cth)

We wrote previously on time limits being introduced into the Comcare scheme which is one of a suite of changes implemented by the Federal Government in this space. Further changes include presumptive liability; rehabilitation and medical examination assessments; and permanent impairment.

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14.05.2024 Comcare: 45 Weeks of Incapacity Entitlements and Accrued Leave

The first 45 weeks of incapacity payments are payable by the employer at a rate equal to 100% of the injured workers normal weekly earnings, less any amount the injured worker is actually earning. Post the initial 45-week period your incapacity payments are calculated based on the percentage of actual hours worked during the week, using a sliding scale.

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02.04.2024 Sexual Harassment of Female Student at Wesley College

Angela Sdrinis Legal is pursuing a claim for damages for a client who alleges serious sexual harassment by male students at Wesley College. If you witnessed or experienced sexual harassment at Wesley College in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, please contact our office.

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02.04.2024 Scottish Abuse Redress Scheme has Commenced

The Scottish Government Redress Scheme, which was established to compensate people who were abused in care in Scotland before 1 December 2004, commenced taking applications in December 2023. If you were abused in the care of the Scottish Government or other listed institutions, you should seek independent legal advice before accepting a redress payment which will finalise your rights.

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07.03.2024 Inquiry Report: The Board of Inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in Beaumaris Primary School and certain other government schools

The Board of Inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in Beaumaris Primary School and certain other government schools delivered its report to the Governor on 26 February 2024, making nine recommendations to the Victorian Government. We hope and urge the Victorian Government to accept the majority, if not all, the recommendations proposed by the Inquiry. The Inquiry is an important step to allow the wider community to understand the previous failures of the Department of Education and to see the Government take accountability for its previous actions, as well as support those affected in their journey to heal.

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04.02.2024 Significant Awards in s85B Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) Applications

Angela Sdrinis Legal represented two Applicants for their claim for compensation under s85B of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic). A historic judgment was handed down on 15 February 2024, demonstrating the changing attitude in the law to ensuring adequate compensation for victims of sexual abuse. The judgements were significant for two reasons; VOCAT payments did not need to be repaid, and the award of compensation went over and above the declared asset position of the offender.

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Law Institute Victoria Accredited Personal Injury Specialists

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