Unfortunately, far too many people find themselves subjected to sexual abuse. Although this may lead to criminal charges for the offender, the victim may still require compensation for the harm they suffered. In this case, victims can file a lawsuit against the perpetrator in civil court. No victim should have to continue to suffer with the physical and emotional harm resulting from the abuse. nor should they be responsible for the emotional and physical aftermath of recovering from such an incident. When this has happened to you or someone you know, you deserve to discuss your case with an experienced sex abuse lawyer. These cases can be extremely complicated and emotionally traumatic for the victim. To improve your chances of receiving a favorable result and getting the support you need over the duration of your civil claim, you need an experienced Pittsburgh attorney to assist you.
The damages associated with a sexual abuse claim can mount quickly and may continue for years into the future. Any of the lawsuits associated with the attack itself, both in the present and in the future, may be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit or claim. Attorney Mark A. Smith can sit down with you to calculate the possible damages in your case. The most common types of damages recovered by accident victims include:
– Economic damages
These cover your emotional damages, your property, and your monetary losses and may include punitive damages to discourage the wrongdoer from any future misconduct.
Anyone who is over the age of 18 at the time of the attack has a maximum of two years to file a civil case. Victims who are under the age of 18, when the original abuse or attack happened, have a maximum of 12 years following their 18th birthday to file civil charges. The sooner you can speak to an experienced sex abuse lawyer in Pittsburgh, the better your chances are for pursuing the maximum compensation and putting this unfortunate incident behind you.
In order to prove the case directly against the attacker, you must be able to show that he or she committed the assault and that it led to damages for you. Your personal testimony, video surveillance, eyewitness testimony, the criminal record of the attacker, photos of your physical injuries and mental health records can all be used to prove liability in your case.
Sexual abuse can lead to a long list of physical and emotional harm for the victim and there is no one size fits all approach to recovery. Some of the most common effects experienced by sex abuse and rape victims include:
– Eating disorders
– Socialization problems
– Anxiety and depression
– Suicidal thoughts
– Health issues like chronic pain
– Rape trauma syndrome
– Post-traumatic stress disorder
Mark A. Smith has a track record of taking every case seriously and providing individualized attention to the victim during one of the most challenging aspects of their life. Working through a civil claim for sexual abuse damages is never easy and may present unique and complicated legal obstacles. You deserve to have someone at your side advocating for your best interests and exploring all possible avenues for recovery while being mindful of the emotional impact. Attorney Mark A. Smith has years of experience helping sex abuse victims recover maximum compensation and is dedicated to taking all of the time necessary to understand your concerns and your claim. Contact the firm today to schedule a free consultation.