Month: February 2024

Historical Forced Adoption Redress Scheme

In 2021, the Parliamentary Inquiry into Historical Forced Adoption in Victoria uncovered that thousands of women who gave birth between 1958 to 1984 suffered trauma as a result of forced adoption practices by hospitals and other organisations. Women were often sent to institutions which were run by religious and other bodies. Sadly, many of those women were subjected to abuse as well as cruel and degrading treatment, including being restrained (either by medication, physical force or violence), being separated immediately from their newborn baby, and being coerced into signing consent forms for the adoption of their baby, against their wishes.

On 26 October 2023, the Victorian Government announced a payment of $30,000 to birth mothers affected by forced adoption practices, together with other supports.

The Scheme opened for Applications on 1 February 2024.

If you have been impacted by forced adoption practices, you may also be entitled to bring a common law claim and sue the relevant institution for compensation.

What compensation can I claim?

You may be eligible to claim the following types of compensation for your psychological injuries:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past loss of earnings and future loss of earning capacity (including superannuation);
  • Past and future medical treatment;
  • Past and future gratuitous care (for example care provided by family or friends);
  • Aggravated or exemplary damages, punishing the individual perpetrator or the institution who failed to protect you.

Common Law claims can attract greater compensation than redress schemes.

At Fortitude Legal, our Managing Director and Personal Injury Specialist, Katalin Blond, and her team will handle your matter sensitively and with respect.

We provide a free no obligation initial appointment to those directly impacted by Historical Forced Adoption Practices.

 

What support services are available?

If you have impacted by forced adoption practices, you can contact the following organisations for psychological support:

Please call our friendly team of expert personal injury lawyers to have a free and confidential chat about your potential entitlements.

If you have suffered BURNS INJURIES caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a substantial public liability claim for compensation.

At Fortitude Legal, we have had success in substantial public liability claims for damages (pain and suffering, economic loss and medical expenses) for people who have suffered horrific burns injuries (which are often life-threatening) due to another person pouring an accelerant (such as methylated spirits, fuel/petrol, sprays or alcohol) onto a fire they were sitting close to.

This may be around a backyard fire or fire pit at a house party, or while camping.

There is often a policy of insurance (home contents) which can have public liability cover attaching to a person involved in such an incident.

Burns injuries often result in horrific and permanent scarring and disfigurement, as well as psychological harm.

Call our team on 1300 020 618 and arrange a free no obligation chat.