Award-Winning Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Summerlin Sexual Abuse Victims
Before we continue, it must be noted that sexual abuse claims can be filed in both criminal and civil courts—criminal cases are centered around convictions and sentences, whereas civil cases are only concerned with financial compensation. As a personal injury firm, Van Law Firm only accepts civil claims, which are centered around a plaintiff’s damages. We cannot accept criminal cases, but claimants should be aware that civil claims can run concurrently with criminal proceedings, or afterward if a jury rules the defendant to be not guilty of criminal charges.
Common Examples of Sexual Abuse Cases in Nevada
Rape Statutory rape Groping or inappropriate touching Lewdness Indecent exposure Sex trafficking Incest Sex between pupils and school employees Child pornography Coercion Sexting
Civil sexual abuse cases are just like all other personal injury cases in that they may be settled outside of court or proceed to a lawsuit. In the event that a case does enter litigation, a claimant will need to present as much circumstantial evidence as possible–this includes DNA evidence, photos, videos, text messages, and testimony from medical experts. For a civil case, claimants have a lower bar as far as burden of proof, in that they only need to prove that the defendant was more likely responsible for damages than not (51 percent or higher).
After nearly ten years of defending victims’ rights, we’ve learned that it can be extremely difficult and scary for victims to come forward with a sexual abuse claim, especially against somebody they know. As such, we’re committed to maintaining the utmost levels of professionalism, empathy, and confidentiality in all that we do. We do all we can to protect victims’ rights, and we want all claimants to know that our firm is a safe space.
Liable Parties: Who Can be Sued for Sexual Abuse?
Doctors and patients
Teachers and students
Caregivers and elderly patients
Bosses and employees
Landlords and tenants
Police and citizens
Victims often feel like there is nothing they can do about their abuse, usually because they are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation or disbelief. This is an extremely harmful pattern that innumerable victims find themselves in, convincing them of their rights is often difficult. At Van Law Firm, we urge all sexual abuse victims to come forward immediately, even if they don’t choose our firm. Furthermore, anyone who knows of abuse taking place is obligated to report it and help stop it.
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Cases Under Nevada Law
Victims of child sexual abuse also have certain provisions–those who unknowingly suffered abuse as a child can come forward up until 43 years of age, or 36 years if they did know about the abuse.
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