How The Civil Court System Helps Victims
The criminal justice system may at times fail victims of sexual assault. Even when sexual offenders are convicted, criminal courts may pay little attention to the needs of survivors. These crimes cause a variety of long-lasting damages, both economic and otherwise. In a successful lawsuit, a victim of sexual assault could receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Therapy sessions
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
While a lawsuit won’t erase past trauma, it can help make recovery easier and demand accountability from third parties whose negligence allowed the assault to occur.
Who Can Be Sued For Sexual Assault?
Victims may sue both the offender and anyone whose negligence allowed the assault to occur, including the entity or institution that knew or should have known to prevent the assault and protect the victim.
Institutions – In recent years, there have been numerous news stories of various institutions covering up sexual assault and child sex abuse. Examples include religious groups, the Boy Scouts of America, and various colleges and universities. If an organization fails to protect its members from the risk of assault, attempts to cover up crimes to protect their reputation, or fails to properly respond to accusations of sexual assault, they could be held liable.
Property owners – Property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are have proper protections against crime. If a dangerous property condition allows a sexual assault to occur, the property owner could be held liable under premises liability. For example, a parking garage may have lacked adequate security which could have prevented the commission of a sexual crime.
Employers – If an employer fails to properly screen new hires and ends up hiring a sexual predator, the employer could be held liable for any crimes that employee commits.
Sexual assault liability is a complex issue and it usually requires a careful investigation to determine how an assault could have been prevented. At Law Offices of Aaron A. Karger, P.A., our personal injury lawyers have the resources to investigate these incidents and help victims recover compensation from all liable parties.
Miami Sexual Abuse Attorney and Your Needs
Sexual assault victims have attorneys they can count on. The Miami sexual assault lawyers of the Law Offices of Aaron A. Karger, P.A. are experienced in representing rape and sexual assault victims.
Some of these cases include a $1.5 million award for two female students who were assaulted in a school bathroom.
These victims were owed a duty to be protected, but they were not. Building owners have a responsibility to provide a reasonably secure environment for the residents of, and visitors to, their building. Schools have the same responsibility for their teachers, students and visitors.
If you or anyone you know are in need of a Miami HSV attorney, the Law Office of Aaron A Karger, P.A. are the ones you should trust.
When the Criminal Justice System Fails
Our Miami sexual assault lawyers understand that victims of this violent and heinous crime sometimes feel that the criminal justice system has failed them. By protecting and defending your rights through the civil court system, our Miami sexual abuse lawyers will always do our best to obtain justice and compensation for you. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible following the assault.
To learn more about the difference between civil and criminal courts in America, visit this article from the American Bar Association.
Contact A Miami Sexual Assault Lawyer
Our qualified sexual assault attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay a cent until you receive compensation, at which point you are charged a percentage of the settlement.
There is no fee for our services unless a recovery is won.
Our sexual assault attorneys in Miami offer a free initial consultation. Click here to contact our sexual assault lawyers in Miami and find out whether you have grounds for a lawsuit at no cost to you.
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