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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.

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 and Victims Of Crime Applications (VOCAT).

 

 

 

Sexual and Institutional abuse 9 July 2014

Australia is yet to see a court victory for victims of sexual abuse where a religious institution has been held liable for a group of victims who allege sexual abuse from serial clerical abusers. However last month in Canada a Montreal court ruled that the Redemptionist Order was liable to pay at least $75,000 in damages to each victim who attended a seminary run by the Order between 1960 and 1987 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/quebec-court-orders-religious-group-to-compensate-victims-of-sexual-abuse-1.1908884). Approximately 70 victims have co

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Amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act

Amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act by the Children Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other matters) Bill 2014 have now been passed. In a press release (http://www.marywooldridge.com/Media_Detail.asp?ID=609), the Minister for Community Services said:

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Archbishop Hart’s Review of the Melbourne Response a Delaying Tactic.

The Catholic Church and other religious institutions have come under sustained pressure to revisit their settlement processes and to re-open claims that have already been settled. In this context the Christian Brothers have already invited people who have settled their claims to come forward and seek further compensation.

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ROYAL COMMISSION GIVES A GLIMPSE INTO ITS DELIBERATIONS

The Hon Justice Peter McLellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse gave a wide ranging speech for Blue Knot Day for Adults Surviving Child Abuse. Justice McLellan spoke about what the Commissioners have learnt. He said that the picture emerging was that although sexual abuse of children is not confined in time-it is happening today- there was a time in Australian history when the conjunction of prevailing social attitudes to children and an unquestioning respect for authority of institutions by adults coalesced to create a high risk environment in which thousands of children were abused. Justice McLellan also said that although the primary responsibility for the sexual abuse of an individual lies with the abuser and the institution of which they were part, the conclusion that the problems faced by many people who were abused are the responsibility of society cannot be avoided.

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ABOLITION OF STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN HISTORICAL CHILD ABUSE CLAIMS

Victims of child abuse have welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to implement recommendation 26.3 of the Betrayal of Trust report to abolish limitation periods in historical child abuse claims. A draft bill has been prepared and the current Government is seeking responses by 5th December 2014.

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MENTAL ILLNESS AND INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE CLAIMS

Anybody who has a legal problem usually suffers from a certain degree of anxiety and heightened stress levels. Clients who have suffered childhood sexual abuse often present with even higher levels of anxiety. Lawyers and other professionals who deal with victims of sexual abuse will say that these clients can require more support than is usually the case.

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(03) 9686 6610

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(03) 6270 2206

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Hobart Tasmania 7000

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