Physical Assault Compensation Claims

If you have suffered injury or trauma due to a physical or sexual assault, you have a number of legal options to claim compensation from the person or organisation found guilty of the crime committed against you. As well as claiming compensation through the criminal court process, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation through the civil court process.

Public liability compensation following assault

Public liability compensation claims following sexual or physical assault can be made against the person found guilty of the assault and, in some cases, against an employer or organisation who can be shown to be a contributor or at fault in the behaviour of the perpetrator of the assault.  This can happen in cases where schools, bars and clubs, or churches, for example, are held liable for assaults committed by one of their employees.

What can I claim for?

In cases of assault, compensation may cover:

  • medical costs (including future costs)
  • lost income
  • pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life; and
  • home help and attendant care.

Because public liability is such a complicated area of law, it’s a good idea to find a lawyer who thoroughly understands its intricacies. 

Maurice Blackburn can help

Because public liability claims in cases of physical or sexual assault is such a complicated area of law, it’s a good idea to find a lawyer who thoroughly understands its intricacies. Our highly experienced personal injury lawyers understand every aspect of the public liability legal system across Australia. 

We offer No Win, No Fee arrangements for public liability cases, which means that if we don’t win, you don’t have to pay for our legal services.  Contact our office today to find out how we can help you or for more information on our successful cases. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.

Someone else’s story


Chas was enjoying a night out at the local hotel with friends when he was assaulted with a glass by a drunk patron, sustaining severe facial lacerations.  He received $100,000 in compensation.