Riverside Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Seeking compensation for the sexual abuse you’ve suffered is your right. For qualified legal assistance as you do so, call a Riverside sex abuse attorney at our firm.
Victims of sexual abuse are forced to carry their trauma with them for life. If you’ve been sexually abused, you might have been physically injured, you might have sustained monetary losses, and your experience may affect you emotionally and psychologically for many years or the rest of your life.
Filing a personal injury claim against the perpetrator of your abuse could allow you the peace of knowing the person responsible is being held to account in civil court. In addition to your abuser, you can sue other liable parties to prevent sexual abuse from happening to someone else. Speak with a Riverside sexual abuse lawyer today.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Sexual Abuse in Riverside
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, you may be aware that the abuser can be convicted of a sex crime in criminal court. Depending on the crime, the offender can be sentenced to jail or prison.
While it can give you a great sense of justice to know that the criminal is behind bars, it doesn’t help you recover your losses. There is no amount of money that could erase the memory and sense of violation from an experience like yours, but pursuing compensation in civil court can help in a number of ways, such as the following:
- It can allow you to hold liable other responsible parties who might have had a role in allowing the abuse to happen.
- It can financially compensate you for the damages you’ve incurred due to your abuse, such as lost wages, medical expenses, and mental health treatment.
- It can seek to make you whole by providing monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Telling your story in civil court can help prevent sexual abuse from happening to other innocent victims. When you hold all those who have wronged you accountable, your case could force employers to implement safeguards in their practices to help ensure this never happens again.
A sexual abuse lawyer in Riverside can help you achieve all of the above.
Other Parties Who May Be Liable
In California, sexual battery is a crime defined as sexual contact with another person against his or her will. Sexual abuse can take many forms, such as touching, forced or coerced sexual contact, rape, molestation, and more.
Not only can the abuser be held liable, but others may be responsible. How can others be responsible for the abuse committed by one person? When an employer or institution fails in the duty it has to protect employees or those under its care, it can be held liable for resulting sexual abuse.
For instance, if you were sexually abused at your workplace, you may be able to sue your employer, especially if you told a supervisor about the sexual abuse and he or she failed to act.
Alternatively, let’s say you expressed concerns about an individual at work, and the employer didn’t take your concerns seriously; if you were then sexually assaulted, the employer should be made to compensate you for your pain, suffering, and other losses.
Another example of when an organization or other entity can be liable for a victim’s sexual abuse is when it has a duty to protect those in its care.
A nursing home is one type of organization where victims may be unable to protect themselves because of age or mental incapacity. It’s the responsibility of the nursing home to ensure that employees don’t commit such horrific acts, and the facility can (and should) be held liable for the acts committed by employees.
A few more examples of employers and organizations that can be sued for damages in civil court following sex abuse are as follows:
- Childcare facilities
- Mental health facilities
- Medical settings
Talk to a Riverside Sex Abuse Attorney
The attorneys at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP are ready to help you file a personal injury claim against your abuser or other responsible parties for the sexual trauma you’ve suffered. Although a settlement can’t take back your horrifying experience, it can help provide for your future so you can move past this.
Contact a Riverside sexual abuse lawyer today to schedule a free and confidential case review. Give us a call at 1-844-404-2400 or enter your information into the contact form below to get started.