If you are a sex abuse survivor, you can hold your abuser and those who helped or harbored them financially accountable with a civil lawsuit. Parties who can be sued in a sex abuse case include the person who harmed you and the school, church, medical facility, or institution that aided them by concealing or turning a blind eye to their actions.
A Las Vegas sexual abuse attorney with our firm can assist you with seeking economic justice. We will help you identify liable parties and pursue fair and full compensation for your suffering and damages.
You Can Hold Abusers and Other Parties Accountable in a Sex Abuse Case
You can sue your abuser in a sex abuse case. However, perpetrators often lack funds to compensate survivors fairly. To secure the awards owed to you, you may need to pursue a lawsuit against the abuser’s employer. Employers bear responsibility for their employee’s negligent or wrongful actions via a legal principle called vicarious liability. Employers may also be liable in their own right if they aided or abetted your abuser in any way.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, a personal injury attorney with our firm can help you with a sexual abuse lawsuit against the following parties:
- Churches and religious leaders
- Schools and universities
- After-school programs
- Scouting organizations
- Juvenile detention centers
- Hospitals, medical facilities, and mental health facilities
- Employers, managers, and supervisors
- Property owners (if you suffered sexual violence due to negligent security)
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Damages You Can Recover With a Sex Abuse Claim
We know that monetary awards do not excuse your abuser’s behavior or remove the suffering you have endured. However, financial compensation can give you resources to help move your life forward and put your abuse in your past. Our sexual abuse lawyers can help you pursue the following losses:
- Medical expenses. We can recover compensation for past, current, and future medical bills resulting from your abuse. Damages may include emergency treatment, hospitalizations, prescription drugs, and physical and mental health care.
- Lost wages and earnings. Injuries, illnesses, and side effects of sex abuse can affect a survivor’s ability to earn income in adulthood. We can seek compensation for your lifetime income loss.
- Pain and suffering. We can pursue monetary compensation for physical and chronic pain, depression, stress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment, and diminished quality of life.
- Wrongful death. If sexual abuse caused your loved one’s death, we can help you seek wrongful death compensation. Awards may include your family member’s medical bills, lost income, and loss of their support, services, society, protection, and guidance.
- Punitive damages. The court may award survivors punitive damages in sex abuse cases. Punitive damages punish abusers and other parties for their willful, wanton, or intentional misconduct.
How Long do You Have to File a Sex Abuse Lawsuit?
Disclosing can be difficult for adult and childhood sexual abuse survivors. Survivors often feel guilt, shame, or self-blame. Sometimes, survivors fear their abuser or even want to protect them if it is someone they know and trust, like a teacher or family friend. Children may feel confused about what is occurring, unable to recognize the abuse for what it is, or not have the language to explain what is happening.
Legislators are amending the laws in numerous states to reflect the difficulties survivors experience when coming forward. While some states still have strict civil statutes of limitations for sex abuse, many states are lengthening the deadline to file suit or doing away with it altogether for child sexual abuse cases.
If you live in a state that still has a narrow statute of limitations, it is essential you do not let your window to take legal action close. Doing so could leave you with no options for recovering compensation. Our team can tell you more about the time limits where you live and help you get started on your case before it is too late.
Common Side Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sex abuse can cause a range of acute and long-term physical, mental, and emotional health problems. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), side effects of sexual abuse include the following:
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Substance abuse issues
- Eating disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Self-harming behaviors and thoughts of suicide
- Panic attacks
- Trust issues and problems forming relationships
Sex abuse is any type of unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact. Sex abuse includes sexual assault, harassment, rape, oral sex, sexual touching, or sexual coercion. If you or a loved one has or is currently experiencing any form of sexual abuse or violence, you can contact RAINN for support and services on the organization’s confidential 24/7 hotline at 800-656-4673 or reach out for online chat assistance.
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A Sex Abuse Lawyer Can Fight for You
Suing your abuser and other liable parties can be emotionally and mentally trying. A compassionate and experienced sexual abuse attorney with our firm can make the process easier by offering legal support and managing every detail of your lawsuit. We can:
- Obtain evidence and testimony to support your case
- Identify all liable parties and pursue a case against them
- Prepare and file paperwork and track and adhere to deadlines
- Handle phone calls, meetings, texts, and emails
- Represent you in court and appear for you when possible
- Identify and calculate your economic and non-economic damages
- Pursue punitive damages if possible
- Represent you during a civil trial if necessary
Contact Van Law for Help With Your Sex Abuse Case
You can sue your abuser and other liable parties, and a sex abuse lawyer with Van Law can help you hold them financially accountable. We will handle every detail of your lawsuit so you can focus on healing and moving your life forward.
We offer risk-free, no-cost consultations and take cases on contingency, so working with us will cost you nothing upfront or out of pocket. We only collect attorney fees if and when we obtain compensation for you.
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