Plano is a fantastic place to live, and because of that, our population continues to grow at a rapid pace. And even though this is considered a safe place to live, as we all know, crime can happen anywhere. Texas is no exception, and victims of sexual assault can find some comfort in the fact that violators of Texas Penal Code Section 22.011 face severe consequences if convicted. However, at times, criminal prosecution fails to provide a sexual assault victim with the compensation and closure needed to make a positive move toward healing. Fortunately, a sexual assault victim is not limited to justice in criminal court. They may also pursue a sexual assault lawsuit in civil court to receive financial compensation for their damages.
Survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, and nursing home sexual abuse may be reluctant to file suit against their abuser. That’s why it’s vital to hire Plano sexual abuse lawyers. In many cases, fighting back may provide the closure you need to move forward.
How Can Plano Sexual Abuse Attorneys Help Me?
It takes tremendous courage to pursue a sexual abuse lawsuit for the harm you suffered at the hands of another. When it’s time to file a sexual assault lawsuit, retaining the services of a qualified Plano sexual abuse lawyer provides valuable assistance in numerous ways.
Investigating the Sexual Abuse
Sexual assault cases, such as rape, child sexual abuse, and nursing home sexual abuse, are complex areas of law. For a sexual assault victim, this aspect of preparing a lawsuit represents a particularly emotional time as it often requires the victim to revisit the abuse. While you recover, a Plano sexual abuse attorney gathers necessary evidence such as:
- Police reports,
- Witness interviews and depositions, and
- Any other physical evidence available.
A sexual assault lawsuit requires the careful gathering of relevant evidence because missing any significant detail may potentially damage your case. Your lawyer can help ensure that nothing gets missed.
Your attorney carefully investigates the details surrounding your sexual abuse lawsuit to determine what parties may be held responsible. A third party may be liable in cases where they failed to fulfill their duty to keep a vulnerable victim safe—such as in child sexual abuse and nursing home sexual abuse cases.
Sexual assault victims may suffer physical injuries, but damages from rape, child sexual abuse, and nursing home sexual abuse are often emotional, psychological, and long-lasting. Your lawyer knows how to evaluate these intangible injuries to ensure that you get just compensation.
Negotiating a settlement with responsible parties requires the experience and skill of a professional. Negotiations often require time-consuming discussions regarding emotionally draining topics—so let your attorney lead the way while you recover.
If your case goes to court, Plano sexual abuse attorneys possess extensive trial experience. From case law to Texas procedural rules, your lawyer handles the particularly complex area of litigation to get you results.
As a sexual assault victim, you may feel as though no one is on your side. However, Plano sexual abuse attorneys are on your side every step of the way as they fiercely advocate on your behalf.
What Compensation Can I Recover in a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
A sexual abuse lawsuit moves through the civil court system to seek compensation for a sexual assault victim. For this reason, a sexual assault victim may pursue compensatory damages against the perpetrator of their rape, child sexual abuse, or nursing home sexual abuse. Texas’s compensatory damages are split into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages represent those monetary and tangible losses related to your sexual assault. These include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages or other lost income,
- Future earnings,
- And more.
Evidence such as invoices, pay stubs, bills, and other evidence support your demand for economic damages. Plano sexual abuse lawyers retain and compile this evidence to calculate a concrete value for this part of your compensatory award.
Non-economic damage represents those non-monetary and intangible losses related to your sexual assault. Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are subjective to each sexual assault victim. Non-economic damages include the following:
- Mental anguish,
- Pain and suffering,
- Anxiety, and
- Loss of consortium.
The emotional consequences of your abuse may take away the enjoyment you previously experienced from activities and replace them with depression, fear, and anxiety. Your lawyer understands the complexity of non-economic damages and the importance of recognizing and pursuing compensation for such damages.
The attorneys at the Hartley Law Firm represent survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, and nursing home sexual abuse with compassion, sensitivity, and understanding. Equipped with extensive personal injury litigation experience, the Hartley Law Firm team handles every stage of a client’s sexual assault lawsuit. We fight tirelessly for every penny of compensation you deserve. Hartley Law Firm is the advocate you need as you courageously advance your sexual assault lawsuit through initial filings, negotiations, and litigation.
Our experienced attorneys also handle other types of injury cases, including:
- Auto Vehicle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Property Liability
- Wrongful Death
Contact our firm today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.