Sexual abuse cases are a particularly troubling area of personal injury law. They involve a deeply personal violation. Victims are often left with years of trauma. Amidst this trauma, there’s frequently a feeling of unfairness. Perpetrators of sexual abuse seriously harm their victims and sometimes get off with less than a slap on the wrist.
If you experienced sexual abuse in San Antonio, D. Miller & Associates, PLLC® is here to help. We understand what you’re going through and will treat your case with compassion. As a sexual abuse victim, you could qualify for financial recovery. This recovery could cover your financial and emotional damages.
Damages in a Sexual Abuse Case
Damages in a sexual abuse case refer to the types of financial recoveries you can receive. These damages are split into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages refer to your financial losses. These damages are determined by reviewing a victim’s receipts, invoices, and expenses associated with their case. They can include:
- Upfront medical expenses
- Ongoing care costs, like therapy or counseling
- Property damages
- Reduced or lost wages
Non-economic damages are perhaps more important than economic damages in a sexual abuse case. They cover the emotional fallout of experiencing sexual abuse. These damages, while inherently more difficult to assess, are crucial. They may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Assessing these damages may involve reliving a traumatic experience. Our team is prepared to work at your pace during this part of the process. You can take a break whenever you need. Our job is to make your recovery as easy as possible.
Who Can You Sue in a Sexual Abuse Case?
At first, it might appear obvious who caused your sexual abuse – the perpetrator themselves. However, in many sexual abuse cases, another party is held liable. After experiencing sexual abuse, you could sue:
- A property owner
- A school or university
- A business or employer
- Another organization or entity responsible for your abuse
For example, our legal team worked on a sexual abuse case involving a University of Southern California gynecologist. The gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, was accused of abusing countless students during routine check-ups.
In the ensuing lawsuits, the University of Southern California was held accountable, not Dr. Tyndall. This is because the university allegedly turned a blind eye to Dr. Tyndall’s behavior. During the lawsuit, attorneys claimed that the university’s inaction enabled Dr. Tyndall’s behavior. Since the lawsuits began, the university has been ordered to pay millions to victims.
We Can Determine Liability
A San Antonio sexual abuse lawyer from our firm can help you find whomever is responsible for your trauma. To do so, we can evaluate the evidence associated with your case. This may include:
- Security camera footage of the incident
- Witness testimony
- Expert input
- Your medical records
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