When it comes to sexual abuse, and we commonly hear about the criminal aspect of these acts. It is important to know that there are also legal options for victims to pursue inside the civil courtroom. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your abuse, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your abuser.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
A legal claim filed against a perpetrator can help you recover financial compensation to help cover some of the ill effects that you are forced to endure as a result of your abuse. When bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the abuser, the plaintiff must be able to prove certain elements to the court in order to prevail. This includes demonstrating that:
The claimant was sexually abused by the defendant
The claimant suffered damages as a result of being sexually abused, either physical or emotional
The defendant is the cause of the victim’s injuries, and the cause was either negligent or intentional in nature
In general, if a perpetrator intentionally caused injuries to the victim, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages. There are also circumstances where the employer of the abuser or another party may also assume liability for the attack.
If negligence was a factor leading to your injuries, you must be able to prove that the elements of negligence existed at the time of the attack. This includes demonstrating that the defendant owed you a duty of care and was required to keep you safe. As further proof that the defendant breached the legal duty of care and failed to do so. As a result of the breach, you suffered physical or emotional injuries.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused, it is important that you seek the assistance of a Massachusetts sexual abuse lawyer as soon as possible. Having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help you better understand your legal rights and the options that are available to you.
Helping Sexual Abuse Victims Get Justice
After suffering injuries as a result of sexual abuse, you may be able to secure compensation to help cover some of your medical expenses, mental health costs, and other damages that you face as a result. A knowledgeable legal team will provide you with the best chances of getting justice.
For decades, our team at the Law Office of Carmen L. Durso has fought to protect the legal rights of victims who have been sexually abused in Boston and across the entire state of Massachusetts. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case. Our lawyers will help you better understand your rights and educate you with regard to the options available to help you get justice.
You can reach out to our sexual abuse law firm in Massachusetts by calling 617-728-9123. Attorney Durso is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to get started on your case.