North Port Sexual Abuse Lawyer
There is a real impact that sexual violence has on survivors and their families. Not only do survivors suffer the physical impact of a sexual assault, they also have the psychological impact of sexual abuse to deal with. Too often, survivors do not report cases of sexual abuse because they believe they may be partially at fault. Sexual abuse is never the fault of the survivor.
Survivors of sexual abuse are not only women of a certain age. Sexual abusers can assault a child, man, or woman of any age, including senior citizens. When you or a family member are sexually abused or assaulted, you have rights and protections to help you with the monetary costs of treatment.
If you or a loved one are a survivor of sexual abuse, contact the police and any other agency you have a legal or professional obligation to notify, even if you are not in immediate danger. Then contact Boohoff Law’s North Port personal injury lawyer immediately so that we can help you through the process and make sure that nobody buries your report or abridges your rights.
Survivors Suffer Trauma and Injuries
Unfortunately, while we may not like to think about it, Florida’s sexual abuse and rape statistics are terribly high. In one recent year, police arrested more than 1,900 rape suspects. Survivors of sexual abuse and rape will face numerous challenges including trauma and injuries which may include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Stab wounds
- Serious bruising
- Broken bones
- Psychological and mental health issues
Since every case of rape or sexual abuse is different, there could be more serious injuries, and some which are less serious but the mental health issues which follow this type of assault are serious and can often be debilitating.
Identifying the Perpetrator of Sexual Abuse
Unfortunately, in too many cases, the survivor knows the person who abused them. In cases of children, the perpetrator may be a member of the clergy, teacher, coach, or family member. Some cases of sexual abuse are inflicted on survivors by someone they are involved in an intimate relationship with. A caretaker, either in the home or a nursing facility, may sexually abuse a senior citizen.
Instances of sexual abuse and rape occur outside of a known group of people. Reported cases of rape occur in dark alleys, parking lots, and in other public facilities. Law enforcement may identify the perpetrator of sexual assault or abuse and prosecutors may file criminal charges, but the survivor still has the right to file a lawsuit for compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Damages in Sexual Abuse and Assault Cases
Money cannot undo the long-term consequences of sexual abuse and assault. However, survivors do have the right to file a lawsuit against their abuser and may be able to secure compensation for some of the following:
- Pregnancy – When abuse or assault results in an unwanted pregnancy
- Disease treatment and trauma – Survivors may learn they have a sexually-transmitted disease as a result of sexual abuse
- Past and future wages – Survivors of sexual abuse may need long-term treatment for their injuries as well as the emotional toll of abuse. A survivor is unable to work, they may secure compensation for lost wages.
- Medical expenses – In addition to dealing with the immediate physical injuries after abuse or assault, survivors may also be able to receive compensation for ongoing therapy and counseling services related to the abuse or assault.
A North Port sexual abuse lawyer can help you determine if other factors will play a role in the amount of compensation you may collect. Discussing the abuse and assault is painful, but our compassionate attorneys at Boohoff Law are here to serve as your advocate.
Criminal Charges Need Not Conclude
Survivors of sexual abuse and assault often feel they cannot move forward with a civil case until a criminal case against the perpetrator of sexual abuse has been resolved. This is inaccurate because the proof required is different in each case. It is also important to remember that in some cases, a property owner may bear partially liability for your abuse because they failed to make their property safe. Discuss the specifics of your case with your lawyer and make sure you understand all your options before moving forward.
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable
There is no doubt when sexual abuse occurs someone other than the survivor is at fault. This will not stop the perpetrator, or anyone who was partially responsible, for attempting to blame the survivor.
Start working with an experienced personal injury immediately to protect your rights and protect your reputation from the responsible parties smearing you and painting you as having done something wrong. Your lawyer will fight to prevent that.
Our North Port Sexual Abuse Lawyers Understand
Every attorney who represents survivors of sexual assault understands there is a concern about what hiring them will cost. After all, you have already been traumatized, you are probably still not ready to resume working, and you have had unexpected medical expenses.
A free consultation with a personal injury attorney is the first step to determine if a civil lawsuit is a good option for your situation. If you can reach an agreement to move forward, sexual abuse cases are accepted on a contingency basis. This means unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement in your case, you will not owe us any fees. We understand how important this is because the last thing you want is a huge legal bill causing you additional stress during this difficult time.
We understand recovering from the emotional harm caused by ongoing sexual abuse or rape will take time and patience. We also understand how important your privacy is to you and we are committed to treating you and your loved ones with respect and compassion.
If you are one of North Port’s many sexual abuse or assault survivors, or your child or loved one is a survivor, contact the personal injury attorneys at Boohoff Law at (877) 999-9999 for a free consultation. We treat every survivor’s case with the utmost confidentiality and discretion.
Boohoff Law North Port
14900 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287