Sexual abuse is never okay to anyone at any age or stage of life. In the aftermath of sexual abuse, it is essential to understand that you have legal options. Your perpetrator will likely face criminal charges that the court brings against them. They could face fines and jail time depending on what happened.
However, as a sexual abuse survivor, you also have the option to pursue compensation from those responsible. Action in civil court allows you to seek compensation for the sexual abuse you experienced. A Sacramento sexual abuse lawyer from Greenberg Gross is ready to assess any evidence, listen to testimonies, and help you with your case.
Defining Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is a broad term that encompasses many inappropriate acts that are sexual in nature. The World Health Organization gives the following definition of sexual abuse:
“Actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.”
Sexual abuse can happen in many circumstances: at school, at work, in religious settings, or at home. Anyone can experience sexual abuse, and anyone can be a perpetrator. An intimate partner, a work colleague or boss, a counselor, or a coach could be guilty of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve ongoing, forced sexual actions.
Who Is Responsible for Sexual Abuse?
The perpetrator is ultimately responsible for the sexual abuse. However, people surrounding the situation may also be responsible. For example, if a company or group tried to cover up the abuse or failed to disclose the abuse, that group might also bear some blame. Other times, groups may be responsible for failing to maintain safe environments.
Getting to Safety After Sexual Abuse
Remember that in cases of sexual abuse, your safety is the priority. If you are able, remove yourself from any immediate danger and contact law enforcement. It is also essential to get appropriate medical treatment after experiencing sexual abuse.
Civil vs. Criminal Action in a Sexual Abuse Case
Perpetrators of sexual abuse may face several criminal charges based on the nature of the sexual abuse. For example, they could face criminal charges for rape or sexual battery. The criminal court system works to charge your perpetrator with the appropriate crime based on their actions and the laws in place.
However, as a survivor of sexual abuse, you also have the option to pursue compensation after experiencing sexual abuse. The civil court system handles cases where you can recover monetary compensation after an incident of sexual abuse. While this is a type of personal injury case, it can help to work with an attorney that is uniquely qualified to handle sexual abuse cases.
Compensation in a Sexual Abuse Case
The exact amount of compensation in a sexual abuse case may vary. Every case and survivor story is different. However, once our legal team has had a chance to review what happened in your unique circumstances, we may be able to provide you with an estimate of how much you could recover in compensation.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Your medical bills related to the sexual abuse, such as emergency medical care, counseling services, and medical follow-up treatment
- The physical, emotional, and mental pain and suffering you experienced because of the sexual abuse
- Wages you lost if you were unable to work after experiencing sexual abuse
Pursuing compensation cannot change or erase what happened to you. However, settlement in sexual abuse cases can help you move forward after what you experienced. Pursuing legal action can also help to hold groups and individuals responsible so that this type of abuse doesn’t happen to someone else.
How a Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Help You
If you choose to pursue compensation in a sexual abuse case, you will likely need help from a qualified sexual abuse attorney. At Greenberg Gross, we work to handle your case professionally and compassionately. We will look at all the facts and factors that contributed to the sexual abuse.
We can help determine who may be responsible and help you determine your best steps moving forward. If you choose to work with our firm, we will handle the legal aspects of your case, working as your legal representative and legal counsel. We will help with the paperwork and communicate with all other parties in your case.
In some cases, we may be able to reach a settlement of appropriate compensation outside of court. However, if your case goes to trial, we will work to demonstrate to the court the evidence in your case and fight for you to recover damages. We understand that this process can be complex and challenging. We will work to keep you updated about your case throughout the legal process and answer any questions you may have related to your case.
Legal Fees of Working With a Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Our legal team focuses on helping survivors move forward after enduring challenging circumstances. We understand this means you need expert legal help up front so you can understand your options and get qualified legal assistance.
We will not charge you our legal services unless we help you recover compensation in your sexual abuse case. Based on what you recover in compensation, we take a percentage of the compensation amount to cover any legal fees and costs related to your case. We can work to answer your questions about our fee structure after you consult with our firm.
Begin Your Case Today With a Consultation
At Greenberg Gross, we fight for the survivors of sexual abuse. We will handle your case with the utmost care, taking into account your difficult situation and privacy. We will review all the facts and work to get you the compensation and closure you need to move forward after an incident of sexual abuse.
You do not have to handle your legal battle in a sexual abuse case alone. It starts with letting us review your case. You can contact us today to get started with a consultation. We will gladly review the details of your case and walk you through each step of the legal process.