Orange County Sexual Abuse Lawyer
In addition to physical and emotional trauma, victims of sex abuse can also experience monetary losses. But you can recover compensation for your damages with the help of an Orange County sex abuse attorney from our firm.
Sex abuse is a terrible crime, and victims experience more than a single traumatic event. They undergo physical pain, sometimes for months after, and they can experience emotional and psychological problems for years—if not for the rest of their lives. Each year in the United States, thousands of people are sexually assaulted or raped.
This is unacceptable. An Orange County sexual abuse lawyer with Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP wants to help you recover fair compensation, and we want to keep this from happening to others. Filing a personal injury claim against the abuser and other responsible parties can help you recover your losses and receive justice for your abuse.
How Is Sexual Abuse Defined in California?
Criminally, sex abuse is classified as sexual battery in California and is defined as any sexual contact with another person who is restrained or who has not given consent. If the sexual contact involves sexual penetration of the victim against the victim’s will, that crime becomes rape.
Types of inappropriate sexual contact in California include kissing, touching, groping, and other types of contact, including over-the-clothes contact with intimate body parts.
Sex abuse can be a one-time incident, or it can occur over a long period of time. Sexual abuse can happen without the victim’s knowledge (while unconscious), or it can be done to those without the ability to give consent, such as the mentally disabled, the very young, or the very old. Put simply, it can happen to anyone.
The following are some crimes that would fall under the sexual abuse category and could warrant an Orange County sex abuse case in civil court:
- Sexual assault
- Spousal rape
- Elder sexual abuse
- Child abuse
Recovering Compensation for Sexual Abuse in Orange County
Your abuser should be held accountable in criminal court for the crime of sexual assault or rape and hopefully will be in jail or prison for a long time. However, no matter how long the confinement term is, a criminal case can’t compensate you for what’s happened.
The sex abuse you’ve endured can impact you for a long time—even in financial ways. Financial losses the victims of sex abuse in Orange County often experience are as follows:
- Cost of medical treatment following a sexual assault
- Missed work wages
- Cost of mental health treatment
And those are only the financial damages you’ve suffered. What about the physical pain, emotional suffering, and psychological damage? Shouldn’t you be compensated for those? With the help of a sexual abuse lawyer in Orange County, you can recover full compensation in your civil suit.
Who Could Be Held Liable in an Orange County Sexual Abuse Case?
Filing a personal injury claim is likely the only way to obtain compensation for sexual abuse in Orange County. You can file the claim against the perpetrator, of course, but you can also file against those who may be considered partially responsible for your abuse.
For example, if you were abused at your workplace, your employer could be held liable for your sexual abuse under certain circumstances.
There are also places where sexual abuse is, unfortunately, more likely to occur. These types of places often involve individuals in a vulnerable state of being, either because of their age or their mental capacity.
An example of a place where sexual abuse can easily happen is a mental health facility. If a loved one who didn’t have the mental ability to consent to sexual contact was abused by a worker at the facility, you could sue the mental health facility to recover compensation.
The following is a list of entities that could be responsible for the sexual misconduct of their employees:
- Nursing homes
- Day cares
- Medical facilities
Consult with an Orange County Sexual Abuse Attorney
Sexual abuse is a criminal offense, but you can also seek damages in civil court for the pain and suffering and monetary losses you’ve suffered as a result of the sexual trauma you’ve experienced.
Call an experienced lawyer for help filing an injury claim against the party responsible for your abuse. To speak with an attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP, simply call 1-844-404-2400 or fill out and submit the contact form at the bottom of this page.
An Orange County sexual abuse lawyer is here to discuss your case with you during a free, confidential case assessment. We believe in fighting for justice for victims of sexual abuse, and we’re ready to help you.