Victims of sexual misconduct often suffer lasting emotional or physical damages, as well as financial losses. If you, or a loved one, are the victim of sexual misconduct, you may qualify to file a civil suit. A sexual misconduct victim lawyer from our firm, may be able to help you file a claim to pursue damages.
You May Be Eligible to Pursue Damages to Make You Whole
If you, or a loved one were the victim of sexual misconduct, you may be able to file a personal injury civil suit against the individual, as well as any other negligent parties that contributed to or failed to stop the sexual misconduct. You may be able to recover damages.
In addition to the facts of your case, many other variables may affect your recovery.
Some of the most common recoverable damages include:
- Medical care costs
- Psychological therapy and counseling costs
- Lost wages
- Related out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Other Parties May Be Liable for the Sexual Misconduct
While the individual, may be the primary party you want to hold accountable for the harm you suffered, there may be additional parties liable for your physical, mental, and emotional damages.
If we can identify other parties who had a duty to keep you safe and protect you from harm but failed to do so, we may be able to file a civil negligence lawsuit against them as well. Liable parties may include:
- An employer (yours or the perpetrator’s)
- A school
- A business or property owner
- Another entity obligated to provide adequate security
For example, many women are involved in lawsuits against the University of Southern California (USC) because of the sexual misconduct allegations against long-time USC health center gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. These lawsuits alleged the university ignored the complaints about the doctor’s alleged misconduct. This allowed Dr. Tyndall to continue treating female students for three decades.
You May Be Able to Pursue Recovery Regardless of the Outcome of a Criminal Case
Sexual misconduct may include criminal activity, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. If this is true in your case, the individual, may face charges in the criminal justice system.
However, you may be eligible to file a sexual misconduct civil suit regardless of the result of the perpetrator’s criminal case.
We may be able to help you file a lawsuit if:
- The defendant was found guilty
- The defendant was found not guilty
- The state charged the defendant with another crime
- The defendant never faced criminal charges
A guilty verdict may be part of the evidence in your civil case, but it does not guarantee a successful outcome. Similarly, a verdict of not guilty does not mean you are unable to recover damages in a civil suit.
Criminal and civil cases have different burdens of proof. To find a defendant guilty of a crime, jurors must believe the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
In a civil case, the burden of proof is lower. It is based on a “preponderance of the evidence,” meaning it is more likely than not that the defendant is liable for your damages.
We May Be Able to Help You Take Action and Hold the Perpetrator Accountable
Our team will offer a complimentary case review, and we may be able to help file your civil sexual misconduct lawsuit. You case will remain confidential.
Time is of the essence to ensure you meet the strict deadlines for filing a civil case. Each state sets its own time limit, or statute of limitations, for filing a civil lawsuit.
Statutes of limitations for sexual assault vary by the state. Typically, you have between one and four years to file a civil suit. If you do not act before the statute of limitations expires, you may be unable to hold the negligent parties liable.
Talk to a Sexual Misconduct Victim Lawyer for Free
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC offers complimentary case reviews and consultations for the victims of sexual misconduct. If you, or a loved one have a viable case, a sexual misconduct victim lawyer from our firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit.
Call us today at 713-850-8600 for your free initial consultation with a member of our team.
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