Sexual assault may cause lasting emotional and/or physical damages. If you were the victim of sexual assault, you may qualify to file a lawsuit in civil court and hold the responsible parties liable. We may be able to help you file a lawsuit to pursue damages including medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC today at 713-850-8600. Our team offers complimentary case reviews. A sexual assault victim lawyer from our firm may be able to help you hold the individual and any other parties liable for sexual assault.
Recoverable Damages in a Sexual Assault Civil Case
Every civil lawsuit is different, and the circumstances of every sexual assault are different. Some of the types of recoverable damages in a sexual assault civil lawsuit may include:
- Medical care costs
- Therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Psychological and emotional damages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Difference Between a Sexual Assault Criminal Case and Civil Case
You may be able to file a sexual assault civil lawsuit to recover for the physical and psychological harm you endured. This may be true regardless of the outcome of a criminal case, or even in cases where the individual did not face criminal charges.
Criminal Courts Focus on the Perpetrator
The goal of the criminal justice system is to identify the individual of a crime and to bring the defendant to justice. Defendants convicted of sexual assault may face penalties such as jail time, fines, and other consequences.
The burden of proof for a criminal case is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The prosecutors must build a case to convince jurors that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Civil Courts Focus on Your Recovery
The goal of a lawsuit in civil court is recovery for the victim. Victims may pursue a civil suit to help them recover damages related to the sexual assault.
The burden of proof in a civil case is a “preponderance of the evidence.” This means you need to convince the jury that it is more likely than not that the defendant is liable for the victim’s damages. It may be possible to win a civil case even when the defendant was not convicted in a criminal trial.
Our Team May Be Able to Help You File a Civil Case for Recovery
Our team may be able to help you build a case if you are the victim of a sexual assault, including:
- Forced sodomy
- Forced penetration with an object
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual violence
- Any sexual contact without consent
Identifying Liable Parties
In some cases, we may be able to identify and file a lawsuit against other parties, in addition to the individual who assaulted you. This may be possible if the assault occurred at school or work, or in another place of business, or if the individual was worse.
For example, hundreds of women have taken action against the University of Southern California (USC). These lawsuits allege that USC knew about the accusations of sexual assault and misconduct by gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, but the university allowed him to continue seeing patients for three decades.
Ensuring You Meet All Deadlines
There are deadlines to take civil action. These deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, depend on the state.
Statutes of limitations for sexual assault vary. Each state has its own rules about how long you have to file a lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit before this deadline passes, you may be unable to take civil action.
Contact a Sexual Assault Victim Lawyer About Your Case Today
We offer complimentary consultations. Contact a sexual assault victim lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC today.
Call our office at 713-850-8600 for your free case review with a member of our team.
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