People who have been sexually abused by an attacker can later seek compensation, justice, and closure through a civil lawsuit for damages. This is an often difficult process, as a conviction in criminal court for sexual assault does not necessarily help the plaintiff’s case due to the fact that criminal and civil courts are separate. In order to move your case forward and seek the damages you deserve, come to Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC and speak with our Clarksburg civil injury lawyers.
Damages you may be able to collect through a successful claim include:
- Cost of any medical attention needed as a result of the sexual abuse.
- Price of any psychiatric care required due to trauma of sexual abuse.
- Emotional pain and suffering paid out as noneconomic damages.
- Punitive damages if defendant was convicted of sexual assault or a similar crime for the circumstances discussed in your civil claim.
We are truly passionate and compassionate when it comes to managing highly-sensitive sex abuse civil lawsuits. You have already been through an unimaginable hardship due to the maliciousness of your abuser. Dealing with the legalese of a civil claim should be kept off your shoulders. Let us represent you and we will act diligently on your behalf.
BRINGING CRIMINAL EVIDENCE TO YOUR CIVIL CLAIM
Using our extensive legal experience, our attorneys can see if collateral estoppel will work for your sex abuse civil claim. Using this legal regulation, we may be able to take evidence used in the criminal prosecution of the defendant and apply it directly to your claim, despite the division of criminal and civil courts. If possible, this can help us better prepare your case if it is taken to court, or even if it is resolved in a settlement.
In situations that do not include a criminal case, it can be more difficult to secure a victory in a civil claim. This does not mean winning a settlement or verdict award is impossible, though. In fact, the standard of proof needed to succeed as a civil plaintiff is lower than the standard in criminal court. The evidence that did not reach a conviction could still be enough to reach a jury verdict, as long as it is utilized by a talented team of sex abuse attorneys like ours.
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