No one should experience a sexual assault or live with the aftermath of such a traumatic event. That’s why Nevada law allows survivors of sexual assault to hold their abusers accountable. Not only can abusers be prosecuted on criminal charges, but they can also face civil lawsuits in which victims demand compensation.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, a Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer from Greenberg Gross can help you. We can help you navigate the process of filing a civil lawsuit to recover compensation from your abuser and the institutions that would try to protect them.
Why Trust Greenberg Gross for Your Las Vegas Sexual Assault Case
Greenberg Gross is proud to offer high-quality legal counsel to survivors of sexual assault in Las Vegas. We know it can be tough to find advocates and legal teams you can trust. When you work with our team of sexual assault lawyers, you can expect:
- Attorneys with experience in negotiating and litigating complex and high-profile sexual assault cases in California and other parts of the U.S.
- Familiarity with sexual assault laws in Nevada and the many forms of sexual abuse
- Dedication to fighting for survivors of sexual assault and holding abusers and the institutions that would protect them accountable
- Resources to fully investigate sexual assault claims and determine abusers’ liability
- Free, no-obligation case reviews and legal counsel for no upfront costs to survivors
We know no amount of money can undo the pain and suffering you and your family have experienced because of sexual assault. But we will provide you with the same compassionate and diligent legal counsel we used to achieve our recent case results for other survivors:
- $3.3 million for sexual abuse by a teacher
- $2.5 million for sexual abuse by a youth pastor
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Las Vegas Sexual Assault Claim?
Filing a personal injury lawsuit for any experience is challenging and stressful. But when you want to seek justice and compensation against an abuser for sexual assault, filing a personal injury lawsuit can cause undue stress and trigger trauma for sexual assault survivors.
That’s where our Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer comes in. We can handle the complex legal process of gathering evidence, building a case, filing a lawsuit, and arguing the evidence during negotiations or court hearings, and you can focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Here’s how we can serve you as your legal counsel:
- Collect evidence such as photo or video footage, medical records, sexual assault tests, and witness testimony
- Build a case to prove the abuser’s liability and/or other parties’ negligence or accessory
- Calculate your economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial) damages to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to
- File all necessary paperwork for your civil lawsuit
- Negotiate a settlement that covers your damages and reflects your pain and suffering
- Litigate your case in court hearings
How Nevada Defines Sexual Assault
Per NRS § 200.366, sexual assault is defined as any form of non-consensual or forcible sexual penetration or coerced sexual penetration. This includes sexual acts with a person who does not consent or cannot consent due to mental, physical, or developmental hindrances. Actions of sexual assault under this law may include:
- Statutory rape (the sexual assault of a person aged 16 or under by someone who is aged 18 or older)
- Forced or coerced oral copulation
- Forced or coerced sodomy
Other forms of sexual misconduct that a victim can sue for include:
- Unwanted sexual touching
- Unwanted exposure to pornography or lewd images
- Sexual harassment
- Child pornography
- Child prostitution
- Statutory seduction (the seduction of a minor by a person who is 18 years old or older)
- Revenge porn
Types of Sexual Assault Cases We Handle
At Greenberg Gross, we are ready to protect the rights of sexual assault survivors from all experiences. No case is too complex, and no abuser is off-limits. Some of the Las Vegas sexual assault cases we handle involve:
- Clergy or church sexual abuse
- School and daycare abuse
- Children and teen sexual abuse
- Spousal or partner sexual assault
- Workplace sexual assault
- Film and TV industry sexual abuse
Who Can I Sue for Sexual Assault?
Depending on the type of sexual assault a survivor experiences, we can hold different abusers and/or institutions accountable for the harm they caused. Some parties you could sue for sexual assault include:
- Family members: According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), eight of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. For children, 34% of abusers are family members.
- Spouse or partner: RAINN also reports that 33% of sexual assaults are committed by a victim’s current or former partner.
- Coworker, manager, or another colleague: Organizations like the Institute for Women’s Policy Research report that sexual harassment and violence in the workplace pervades many industries. The #MeToo Movement helped shine a light on the issue of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry and others.
- Teacher, coach, or school administrator: The U.S. Department of Education reported an increase in the instance of sexual violence in schools from 2017 to 2018. In addition, the report found that Nevada had the highest rate of sexual assaults per 1,000 students in that school year.
- Camp counselor or group leader: We have pursued sexual assault cases against counselors and leaders in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the YMCA, and other youth organizations.
- Stranger: RAINN reports that nearly 20% of sexual assaults are committed between strangers.
- Other acquaintance: RAINN’s data shows that acquaintances commit 39% of sexual assaults.
- Medical professional: Elder abuse in nursing homes and inappropriate touching and assault while seeing the doctor are some instances of sexual assault victims have faced.
- School: Maybe the school knew of allegations of sexual assault and still retained the staff member. Maybe there was a lack of security that led to you being assaulted by a staff member, visitor, or stranger on school grounds. If you or your child were sexually assaulted at the school, whether by a teacher, coach, administrator, or visitor, you may be able to sue the institution for negligence.
- Employer: Victims sexually assaulted by a manager, coworker, or another employee while at work may be able to hold the company accountable.
- Organization or institution: Churches, youth organizations, religious organizations, medical facilities, universities, and other institutions may be held responsible for negligence and liability of a sexual assault.
You Can Recover Damages for a Sexual Assault Case in Las Vegas
You can file a civil lawsuit for a sexual assault to recover financial compensation. We can help you calculate your economic damages, which are financial burdens directly related to your sexual assault. Economic damages we can fight for you to recover include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income during recovery
- Lost earning potential
You can also get compensation for damages that don’t have a set monetary value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical pain and inconvenience
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Reduced or lost quality of life
Contact Us for Help From a Las Vegas Sexual Assault Lawyer
With the support and legal guidance of a lawyer from our firm, you can seek justice and compensation from liable parties that caused or contributed to your sexual assault.
At Greenberg Gross, we’re ready to fight for you. Contact our Las Vegas office today for a free case review with a Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer.