Sex abuse case against deceased doctor settled

Sex abuse case against deceased doctor settled

Adviceline Injury Lawyers is pleased to announce that a confidential settlement has been achieved with the Estate of Andrew Churchyard on behalf of 52 of his former patients.

Bree Knoester, Partner, at Adviceline Injury Lawyers commenced Supreme Court proceedings in late 2016 on behalf of a group of patients in relation to allegations of sexual assault against Dr Andrew Churchyard.

Former neurologist, Dr Churchyard was charged by police with two counts of indecent assault in 2015. After a Magistrate found that there was enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty in 2016, he took his own life.

Following the news breaking of allegations against the deceased doctor, more than 100 former patients contacted Ms Knoester.

From the outset there were clear recurring themes in the interactions that patients were having with Churchyard, said Bree.

Bree says that she hopes the settlement, which has been made with a denial of liability, will bring some closure and peace for many of her clients.

It's been a long and hard fought road. I am proud that we have been able to achieve an outcome that not only provides support to the victims, but also gives them a voice.

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