Experienced Sexual Assault Lawyers, Representing Victims In Bradenton & Sarasota
According to the nonprofit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), in the U.S., someone is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. RAINN data shows that nearly 600,000 Americans are sexually assaulted or raped each year, including 60,000 children under the age of 12.
While 9 out of 10 rape victims are female, rape and sexual assault victims can be of any age, race, sex, or gender. Fortunately, sexual assault cases have fallen significantly over the last 20 years. However, sexual assault remains a massive issue, both in the U.S. and abroad.
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to sexual assault, rape, or other sex-related crimes, you may be eligible for significant compensation. While nothing can reverse the impact of sexual assault, getting compensation can help you or a loved one put their life back together. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help sexual assault victims receive compensation for:
On this page, we’ll review what sexual assault injury victims and their loved ones need to know about getting compensation for their injuries by answering questions including:
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to sexual assault, rape, or other sexual crimes, Gallagher & Hagopian can help you get the compensation you deserve. While nothing can truly compensate a victim for the trauma of a sexual assault, obtaining fair compensation can help you get the treatment you need to heal and the funds you need to pay medical bills and other pressing expenses.
As expert personal injury lawyers with decades of experience, we understand the details of sexual assault and rape cases and know exactly how to fight for our clients’ rights. Our firm has won over $300 million in compensation for our personal injury clients – and we are ready and waiting to help you today.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you should consider seeking medical attention immediately, either by calling 9-1-1 or checking into a hospital. This is particularly important in cases of rape or cases in which the assault has lead to serious bodily injury. If you are able, you will also want to make a detailed police report as quickly as possible. In addition, you should:
Avoid Self-Incrimination: Sexual assault cases can have both a criminal and a civil component, each of which may have an effect on the other. Depending on your personal situation, you may or may not wish to press criminal charges in addition to civil ones. If the case is serious, a jurisdiction may decide to press charges with or without your consent. Either way, to achieve a settlement or victorious jury verdict, it will need to be proven that the actions performed by the perpetrator were not consensual. Therefore:
In most cases, the perpetrator (and sometimes the perpetrator’s insurance company) is responsible for paying out sexual assault injury claims, whether these are reached as a result of settlement negotiations or a jury trial.
However, in other situations, there may be third parties that can be held liable for damages. For instance, if the sexual assault occurred at a business and the perpetrator was an employee, the business could be held liable for damages. This is especially the case for companies or organizations like daycares, schools, and nursing homes, in which the business and its’ employees owe a “duty of care” to the victim.
In rarer cases, other third parties, such as a commercial landlord or a security company, can also be held liable for failing to prevent (or prevent the conditions that led to) rape or sexual assault.
The physical and psychological consequences of sexual assault can include everything from unwanted pregnancies and STIs to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Some of the most common injuries and issues related to rape and sexual assault include: