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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 ComcareSexual 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).

 

 

 

Time Limits must be Prescribed under Comcare Legislation

The article “When a win against Comcare isn’t really a win” (SMH 13/9/18-https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/when-a-win-against-comcare-isn-t-really-a-win-20180913-p503es.html) completely reflects the experience of many of our Comcare clients.

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Compensation Scheme for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Predatory Behaviour within the Police Force

Catholic clergy commit six times as much abuse as all other churches combined and he said that this was a conservative estimate.

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Is the Catholic Church Above the Law?

The Tasmanian government is to be commended for following the lead of South Australia and the ACT in tabling legislation allowing for harsh penalties for priests who fail to report suspected child abuse including disclosures that are made in the confessional.

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Defence Reparation Scheme

Angela Sdrinis Legal acts for a number of defence force personnel who suffered historical sexual and/or physical abuse in the armed forces. Many of those who suffered abuse as minors (Army Apprentices and Cadets) have viable common law claims for damages because of the abolition of limitation periods.

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Failure to Disclose Prior Injuries/Conditions

In the matter of Griffiths and Australian Postal Corporation (Griffiths), the Tribunal considered whether Ms Griffiths was entitled to compensation in respect of her psychological condition and whether she had made a wilful and false misrepresentation in respect of her psychological condition under section 7 (7) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (the Act).

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COMCARE AND SEACARE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT – BILL PASSED FOR MAXIMUM AGE FOR RECEIVING LOSS OF EARNINGS BENEFITS TO INCREASE BEYOND AGE 65

The Comcare and Seacare Legislation Amendment (Pension age and Catastrophic Injury) Bill 2017, introduced into Federal Parliament on 11 May 2017, was given assent on 22 June 2017. Prior to assent, injured workers covered by the Comcare or Seacare Schemes lost the right to claim loss of earnings benefits at age 65, despite many Australians not being able to access the pension until age 67.

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Questions?

Call Melbourne

(03) 9686 6610

Call Hobart

(03) 6270 2206

Law Institute Victoria Accredited Personal Injury Specialists

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Melbourne office (03) 9686 6610
247 Park Street, South Melbourne, Vic 3205
PO Box 42, South Melbourne,VIC 3205

Hobart office (03) 6270 2206
Address Level 3, 85 Macquarie Street
Hobart Tasmania 7000

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