If you were sexually assaulted, you should call a lawyer when you are ready to take civil action against the perpetrator. A sexual assault attorney with our firm can help you pursue compensation related to your assault, including financial recovery for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
However, do not wait too long to take action. Every state has a statute of limitations for sexual assault. If the time limit set by the statute expires, you may no longer be able to pursue your case in court.
What Should I Do If I Am a Victim of Sexual Assault?
There is no “right” way to react to a sexual assault, but there are steps you can take to ensure your safety. First, if you are not somewhere safe, go to a safe location immediately. If you have physical or emotional injuries, you should seek medical treatment.
You do not have to report your assault to the police right away, but you may want to take steps to preserve physical evidence if you decide to press charges. According to Planned Parenthood, you should try to avoid showering, bathing, brushing your hair or teeth, using the bathroom, or changing your clothes before going to the hospital. Once there, doctors and nurses can help collect evidence and document your injuries.
You can find crisis support services in your area by calling the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673. You can also chat online with them. Once you have addressed your safety and immediate physical and mental health concerns, you are at the point when you should consider calling our sexual assault lawyers.
How a Sexual Assault Attorney Can Help You
Sexual assaults can be violent and traumatic. Victims often feel confused and scared in the aftermath, and taking legal action can seem daunting. An attorney with our firm can take care of your claim or lawsuit so you can focus on healing. We will fight to secure the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Our sexual assault attorneys can:
Identify the Liable Party
You can take action against the individual who assaulted you. However, you may have more success securing compensation if you can build a case against a liable third party, such as a school, church, business, government entity, or other institution. Our lawyers can investigate your assault and help you pursue a claim against those responsible.
We can collect evidence proving liability for your assault. This may include:
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert testimony
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Employment records
- Surveillance footage
- Photographs of your injuries and the location where your assault occurred
Calculate Your Losses
Our lawyers can evaluate your damages and help you seek fair compensation for:
- Medical treatment – You can recover awards for your past and future assault-related medical bills, including emergency treatment, doctor visits, hospitalizations, medical procedures, prescription medications, therapy, and mental health care.
- Lost wages, earnings, and benefits – You can seek compensation for back pay, bonuses, tips, benefits, and awards for the loss of your future earning potential if you must leave work or change jobs because of a sexual assault.
- Pain and suffering – A sexual assault can devastate your life, leading to physical pain, depression, anxiety, fear, sleeplessness, and loss of enjoyment of life. You can seek monetary awards for these complications.
Is There a Time Limit to File a Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
It is important you file your sexual assault lawsuit or claim before your state’s statute of limitations expires. The time limit in every state is different, but the clock usually begins when your assault occurred or you discovered you were assaulted.
Fortunately, the law recognizes that sexual assault victims can have a difficult time coming forward, especially victims who suffered an assault during childhood. For this reason, many states have provisions that extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases. This means you may still be able to hold your abuser accountable in civil court, even if your assault occurred many years ago.
Our lawyers can tell you more about your state’s statute of limitations and tolling laws.
Call a Sexual Assault Lawyer from Our Firm for Help Today
We understand that suffering a sexual assault can be devastating. You may have feelings of confusion, anger, and fear, but you are not alone. The team at Greenberg Gross is dedicated to fighting for victims of sexual assault, abuse, violence, and misconduct.
There is no mandatory point at which you should call a lawyer after a sexual assault, but generally, the sooner you reach out, the better. Acting quickly gives your lawyer the best chance to preserve evidence and speak with witnesses while the events are still fresh in mind. Contact us for a free consultation to get started on your case today.