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December 13, 2019

Fort Worth Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Have you or a close family member suffered from sexual abuse? Contact a sexual abuse attorney in Fort Worth to hold the liable parties responsible and seek the compensation you deserve for your damages.

Speaking up about sexual abuse is difficult because the experience can trigger immense feelings of shame. No one wants to become a victim of such a traumatic event, and telling the world about the incident suddenly makes it real. However, once a victim speaks up and holds their assailant accountable, the healing process can begin and the negative weight can be lifted.

If you’ve suffered abuse or you believe someone in your family is suffering from abuse and is afraid to speak up, let us help. 

At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we want to give a voice to survivors of abuse and help them obtain settlements that aid them in recovery and help to ensure the abuse doesn’t happen to someone else. A Fort Worth sexual abuse lawyer from our team can fight for you and hold your abuser liable.

Potentially Liable Parties in Your Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The person who committed the abuse should be the primary defendant in your case. However, if you or your loved one’s abuse happened at an organization in which other professionals should have been protecting you, they can be held liable, as well.

For example, if an employee at a school, a jail, or a nursing home sexually abuses a student, an inmate, or a patient, the abuser and the organization as a whole can be responsible. 

How to Supply Evidence Against Your Abuser

If your abuser is charged in criminal court, you’ll need to wait for the criminal case to wrap up before pursuing a civil case against them. A criminal case can make your claim easier to win because you’ll be allowed to use any evidence from the criminal case in your civil case to prove abuse. Even if your assailant isn’t charged in criminal court, you’ll still be able to charge them in civil court.

Civil court has more lenient requirements for proving abuse than criminal court. You can gather medical records, police reports, video footage, photographs, and witness testimonies to help prove that you or your loved one was sexually abused. 

Recoverable Damages in Sex Abuse Cases

Once the defendant in your case is properly identified and proven guilty, you can recover compensatory damages from them, which includes both economic and non-economic damages. 

 

The liable party should have to pay for any medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages you’ve suffered as a result of the abuse. They should also have to compensate you for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The judge may award punitive damages in a sexual abuse case as a way to punish the defendant for inflicting intentional harm on you. These damages are typically used to make an example of the defendant. 

Consult a Fort Worth Sexual Abuse Attorney

Sexual abuse is a horrific crim and it takes a lot of courage to speak up about such a traumatic experience. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we want to help you obtain the settlement you deserve for all that you’ve been through. Hopefully, this money can make it easier to pick up the pieces of your life.

If you’re ready to speak with a Fort Worth sexual abuse lawyer, call 214-522-9404 or fill out the contact form below to set up a free consultation.