Have you been a victim of crime?
You may be eligible to make a Criminal Injury Compensation Claim if you have suffered physical or psychological harm as a result of a criminal offence.
Offences may include physical and sexual assaults, neglect, or witnessing the assaults of others close to you.
We can assist you with your claim for the following:
- pain and suffering
- loss of enjoyment of life
- loss of income
- medical or psychological expenses
- other incidental expenses, such as travel for medical treatment or damage of clothing
- in the case of death – funeral expenses and loss of financial support
It is not necessary that the offender was convicted of the offence but it is important that you have done everything reasonable to help the WA Police with their investigations. You have three years from the date of the offence, or the last offence, to lodge an application. If you do not make your claim within three years, the Assessor of Criminal Injuries Compensation may grant an extension of time to allow your application or compensation depending on the reasons for delay.
An application should be made once you have reached an acceptable stage of recovery from your injuries, except where interim payments are sought for treatment, reports or funeral costs.
Our team has considerable experience in making Criminal Injury Compensation Claims including complex claims where there have been a number of assaults by different offenders over a period of time.
We recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible after the offence so that we can help you to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
You will not be charged for the initial consultation if you do not wish to proceed.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims Team
LLB, BA, GDLP, DipEd
Senior Lawyer - Criminal Injuries Compensation & Abuse in Care Claims
Lucie joined Dwyer Durack’s Personal Injury Law Department in February 2015.
Based in Geraldton, Lucie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, having previously worked as a paralegal for 8 years at community legal centres, with remote Aboriginal communities and children in foster care. Prior to entering the legal profession, Lucie was a teacher in regional primary and secondary schools.
Lucie has a special interest in "abuse in care" claims as well as complex criminal injuries compensation claims and advocates for the most vulnerable victims.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
- Abuse in Care Claims
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims
- Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
- Workers' Compensation Claims
- Employer's Negligence / Common Law Claims
- Third Party Claims
- Public Liability Claims
- Fatal Accident Claims
EDUCATION / ADMISSIONS
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Arts
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
- Graduate Diploma Secondary Teaching
- Admission Date (Supreme Court of WA): 17 December 2013
- Law Society of Western Australia
- Australian New Zealand Association Psychologist, Psychiatrists and Lawyers
Legal Assistant - Criminal Injuries Compensation & Abuse in Care Claims
Amanda joined Dwyer Durack's Personal Injury Law Department in 2021 as a Legal Assistant after working with the Family Law & De Facto Law Department since 2011.
Amanda has extensive experience, having worked in the legal industry for over 25 years.
She has been assisting the Personal Injury Law Department over the years and has now moved exclusively into the Department to help support and provide a high level of service to our injured clients.