Sexual abuse is a crime that is punishable by imprisonment, fines, and other forms of punishment, but it is also an intentional tort, for which the victim may be able to recover money damages for his or her physical, psychological, and emotional injuries.
In most cases, a victim of sexual abuse may bring a lawsuit against the perpetrator of the sexual abuse and anyone else who may be liable for the sexual abuse, such as an employer who knew or should have known of the abuse.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you should first seek medical attention and notify the police. You should also consider consulting with an experienced sexual abuse litigator in order to discuss the money damages that you may be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit. Damages in a sexual abuse lawsuit may include the following compensatory damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
In some particularly egregious cases, a plaintiff may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the perpetrator and deter any future wrongdoing.
Settlements in sexual abuse lawsuits vary widely depending on the extent of the injuries, the medical expenses incurred, and whether punitive damages are appropriate. Accordingly, it is highly recommended that victims of sexual abuse consult with a knowledgeable intentional tort attorney who can assess the potential damage settlement.
The Chicago sexual abuse lawyers at Ankin Law Office are dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual abuse victims and obtaining maximum recovery possible. We are well-versed in all types of intentional tort lawsuits, including those involving sexual abuse, and will vigorously advocate on your behalf to get you a full and fair damage settlement. If a settlement is not possible, we will fight for your rights in a court of law to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our skilled and compassionate Illinois sexual abuse attorneys.