Abuse: Damages assessment (Victoria).

Perez v Reynolds [2020] VSC 537 (on AUSTLII) required the Court to assess compensatory damages in a childhood sexual abuse claim arising in a State operated primary school.

The claim alleged both direct negligence on the part of the State as well as vicarious liability for the actions of a teacher. Direct liability was admitted by the State although vicarious liability was not (and seems not to have been pressed by the plaintiff). A claim for aggravated and exemplary damages against the State was not ultimately pursued: (see [2]).

The assessment of compensatory damages included allowances for general damages, medical expenses and loss of earning capacity.