As an expert in the field of sexual abuse law, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact that these crimes can have on victims. That's why it's crucial to have a skilled and experienced lawyer by your side if you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse. In this article, I will share my knowledge and expertise on how to find the right sexual abuse lawyer for your case.
The Importance of Choosing the Right LawyerWhen it comes to sexual abuse cases, having the right lawyer can make all the difference. Not only can they provide you with legal guidance and support, but they can also help you navigate the complex legal system and fight for your rights.
That's why it's essential to choose a lawyer who has experience and expertise in handling sexual abuse cases.
RAINN: A Valuable ResourceOne valuable resource for finding an experienced sexual abuse lawyer is RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). As the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the country, RAINN has partnered with over 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. They also operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which provides support and resources for survivors of sexual abuse.
Experience and Resources MatterWhen it comes to sexual abuse cases, experience and resources are crucial. That's why it's essential to choose a lawyer who has a track record of success in handling these types of cases.
At the Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein, we have extensive experience in conducting comprehensive investigations and collaborating with expert witnesses to get the best results for our clients. We understand that these cases can be lengthy, complex, and emotionally challenging, which is why we are dedicated to defending the rights of sexual abuse survivors. Our goal is to ensure that all victims' rights are protected during the investigation process and subsequent claims against schools, camps, universities, and other private educational institutions.
Statute of LimitationsOne crucial factor to consider when filing a sexual abuse lawsuit is the statute of limitations. This is the time limit within which a victim can file a lawsuit.
The applicable deadline will depend on whether the victim is an adult or a minor at the time of the assault or abuse. For example, in Kansas, survivors of child sexual abuse only have three years after their 18th birthday to file a civil lawsuit. However, in California, AB 218 allows survivors up to age 40 to file a claim, or 5 years after an injury resulting from the abuse was discovered.
Civil vs. Criminal CourtAnother important consideration for sexual abuse survivors is whether to file a lawsuit in civil or criminal court, or both. While criminal cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, civil cases have a lower burden of proof (clear and convincing evidence).
This means that even if the abuser was never charged with a crime or convicted, victims can still file a civil lawsuit for monetary compensation.
Examples of Sexual Assault LawsuitsTo give you an idea of what to expect in a sexual assault lawsuit, here are some examples of cases that resulted in verdicts and settlements in favor of the plaintiffs:
- A $1.5 million settlement for 144 victims of child sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego.
- A $1.8 million verdict for a victim who was sexually abused by her pastor over a 3-year period when she was just 7 years old.
- A $1.2 million settlement for a victim who was sexually abused by a doctor at a medical clinic.
Gray Areas and Blurred LinesUnfortunately, many victims of sexual abuse may be confused by what is known as a "gray area" or "blurred line" regarding what they have experienced. This can make it challenging to come forward and seek justice. That's why it's crucial to have a skilled and experienced lawyer by your side who can help you navigate these complexities and fight for your rights.
Final ThoughtsIf you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, it's essential to seek legal help as soon as possible. With the right lawyer by your side, you can get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Remember, experience and resources matter when it comes to handling these types of cases, so be sure to choose a lawyer who has a proven track record in this area of law.