Sexual Assault Lawyer
Victims of rape and other forms of sexual assault may be able to recover compensation for their injuries – both physical and emotional – in a civil lawsuit. Because civil claims are separate from criminal cases and carry a lower burden of proof, victims may be able to win a civil claim even in situations where the perpetrator was found not guilty or was not charged. Our lawyers have a vast amount of experience in helping sexual abuse victims retrieve compensation. Please contact us now if you want to defend your rights.
Because most perpetrators don’t have resources to pay compensation in a civil case, and any insurance they may have typically doesn’t cover intentional acts like sexual assault, it is often necessary to look to another responsible party. For example, this may include a business that provided inadequate security, a company that failed to screen its employees’ criminal background, or a professional like a psychiatrist or a teacher who was legally required to report a specific threat but failed to do so.
Another potential case involves victims who are in law enforcement custody or undergoing a medical procedure when the assault occurs. In fact, Riddle & Brantley, LLP, has successfully represented victims of sexual assault who were in jail or prison when they were forced to engage in sexual activity with officers. Examples include:
To discuss your situation in a confidential claim review and free consultation, contact the personal injury lawyers at Riddle & Brantley now. We believe that Justice Counts for victims of sexual assault, and we are committed to obtaining civil justice for the suffering inflicted by these types of crimes.
What Is Sexual Assault?
In the broadest sense, sexual assault includes any type of nonconsensual sexual activity. Rape and attempted rape are perhaps what first comes to mind when discussing sexual assault, but the category includes many other forms of unwanted sexual conduct.
Sexual assault also includes activities such as:
These are just a few of the many activities that may be considered sexual assault.
Compensation for Victims of Sexual Assault
If a person used you for selfish sexual arousal desires you can bring a separate civil claim against the perpetrator regardless of the outcome of the criminal case. However, even if the victim is successful in such a claim, it may still be impossible to recover compensation if the perpetrator lacks assets to pay a judgment, and insurance virtually never covers a perpetrator’s intentional acts.
This means that victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment must frequently look to other parties whose negligence may have played a role in the incident – and who also have the resources to pay compensation in a successful claim.
Our attorneys can fully investigate your situation and determine all potential sources of recovery. Possibilities include, for example:
What Makes a Solid Civil Claim for Sexual Assault Injuries?
In most sexual assault cases, the only witnesses are the victim and the perpetrator. In these situations, it is essentially one person’s word against another’s, leaving it up to the judge or jury to determine who is more believable. Although the burden of proof in civil cases is lower than in criminal cases, this type of “he said, she said” evidence may not be enough to secure compensation.
Other forms of evidence that may help bolster a civil claim for injuries suffered in a sexual assault include:
Discuss Your Situation in a Confidential and Free Consultation
The compassionate and caring personal injury attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP, are here for you whenever you are ready to discuss your situation. Rest assured that the consultation is absolutely confidential.
Because Justice Matters, we are dedicated to obtaining just compensation for victims of terrible crimes involving sexual assault. You may be entitled to compensation for the suffering you have endured.
Having four offices throughout North Carolina in Goldsboro, Raleigh, Kinston, and Jacksonville, our attorneys are able to help victims of sexual attacks across the entire state. We are ready to talk with you whenever you are ready to discuss your situation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call us or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation that comes with no obligations.