Richmond Sexual Abuse Attorney
One instance of sexual abuse will have a profound impact on the victim’s life. The victim may be fearful to step outside their home if the abuse was a chance criminal action, or may be wary to trust a new person if the abuse was the result of a date gone awry. Regardless of the situation, sexual abuse is a devastating time in anybody’s life and a claim may be filed by your Richmond sexual abuse attorney in civil court, in addition to a criminal complaint.
Sexual abuse can encompass many different types of actions, the majority of which fall within the criminal code. There is typically no “sexual abuse” action that you may bring a claim under, but you may bring a claim under assault and battery, or even under the intentional infliction of emotional distress. An experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you on the best type of claim to bring for your individual action. Many instances of sexual abuse continue to go unreported throughout the state of Virginia, and throughout the country. The more actions (both civil and criminal) which are brought against the perpetrators, the more likely it will become that these individuals will not attack future victims. The emotional wounds left from the sexual abuse may take time to heal from, but it is important to hold the attacker liable for their actions.
Personal Injury Claims
While sexual abuse and sexual assault actions seem to be primarily a criminal action, victims have the ability to bring a civil claim for damages at the same time the criminal case is pending. Criminal cases and civil cases do not have to overlap, and the decision of one court will not impact the decision of the other court. Criminal courts have a higher burden of proof than civil courts, and it is therefore sometimes easier for a victim to receive a punitive judgment in a civil court than in a criminal court.
The damages in a sexual abuse personal injury claim will often come from the physical and emotional harm caused to the victim. The victim of a sexual abuse claim is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party, including the following:
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages
The impact of sexual abuse can often be both physical and psychological and can have a profound effect on a victim’s future. An experienced Richmond sexual abuse attorney will assist you in developing your claim and determining the true impact of the sexual abuse on the victim. While the aftermath of a sexual abuse incident is a difficult time, it is important to bring a claim for damages as soon as possible to ensure the attacker is appropriately punished for their actions, and to ensure you remain within the limitations period.
Consult a Sexual Abuse Lawyer in Richmond, VA
If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our legal team has years of experience in handling personal injury claims and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Sexual abuse claims are traumatic events in any victim’s life and the recreation of the event during the claim process will undoubtedly cause extreme emotional distress. Our attorneys will take the majority of the work and pressure from you so you can focus on your own recovery. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.