Sexual abuse can have devastating effects on victims, especially when it occurs at the hands of individuals they trust, such as friends, teachers, mentors, family members, caregivers, and others responsible for their safety. These effects can last a lifetime, causing significant mental anguish. Sexual assault perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions, not only in the criminal justice system but also in the civil justice system. While the Fort Bend district attorney handles the criminal matter, victims can pursue their own civil case against the responsible party.
In such cases, proving fault in court may seem overwhelming for the victim. Gathering and presenting evidence to a jury requires legal expertise and knowledge of the litigation process. However, with the assistance of our personal injury lawyers, you can hold the perpetrator accountable, as well as any corporate entity whose negligence allowed the sexual abuse to occur. Our Sugar Land sexual abuse victim lawyers understand the dangers faced by sexual abuse victims and have the knowledge and expertise to help the most vulnerable seek justice.
Under the law, any person who has been a victim of unwanted sexual contact can sue for damages incurred. Additionally, if the victim is unable to file charges due to incapacity or death, their family members can sue the sexual offender if:
Anyone can help a sexual abuse victim if they have evidence to incriminate the offender. To determine whether your sexual abuse lawsuit is sufficient to file a lawsuit, you should consult with our offices and speak to a Sugar Land sexual abuse victim lawyer.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse cases may involve a wide range of potential defendants, with more than one party liable for the assault, especially when an employer has allowed the abuse to occur. Some of the most common defendants in sexual abuse lawsuits include:
The majority of children spend most of their time under the care of their teachers. Unfortunately, some teachers abuse their position of authority and take advantage of minors. Teachers are typically sued in their individual capacity, as well as employees of the particular school they serve. Whether in public or private institutions, schools must diligently evaluate their current and potential new hires. If evidence suggests that the school should not have hired or retained an abusive teacher, the school may be held liable for negligence.
Many adults spend over 40 hours per week with other adults in their profession. This can create a sense of community between co-workers, but some co-workers take this relationship too far. Sexual assault in and outside the office is never acceptable, and those who commit such assaults should be held accountable. In some cases, the employer’s decisions may have tacitly encouraged such behavior.
Foster parents are entrusted with the care of vulnerable children, but unfortunately, some of them use their position of authority to sexually abuse these children. If you have been a victim of sexual abuse in a foster care setting, our Sugar Land sexual abuse lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against the perpetrators. Additionally, if the foster care agency failed to properly evaluate the foster care family and should have foreseen the abuse, they may also be held responsible.
Sexual abuse, whether on a minor or an adult, leaves physical and mental scars that can last a lifetime. Victims may suffer from severe mental anguish and may even contemplate taking their own life due to stigmatization and loss of self-esteem. At our firm, we understand this trauma and have counselors in place to take care of your psychological well-being while we fight for justice through the civil court system.
While justice may not erase the pain and suffering you have endured, it can help you build a better future. Our experienced attorneys are here to support you and seek compensation on your behalf. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and discuss your legal options. We also collect attorneys’ fees only if you are compensated, and therefore, you don’t need to make upfront payments to have your case handled. Contact our local Sugar Land sexual abuse lawyers today for compassionate and skilled representation.