Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can cause victims to suffer from physical or psychological injuries. Victims of sexual assault have more legal options than they might realize. Justice is not just pursued through the criminal court system. A Hicksville sexual assault lawyer will help you pursue damages through the civil law system, and, if indicated, in the civil court as well.
When you call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400, you will get the chance to learn more about how your case can move forward and what kind of compensation you can get for the pain and suffering stemming from your assault.
We Will Pursue The Full Extent of Damages You Deserve on Your Behalf
Filing a complaint in a criminal case against someone who assaulted you is a legal action meant to punish them, dissuade others from participating in the same behavior, and protect other potential victims. What it does not do is compensate you for your losses that resulted from this assault.
A civil case is designed to help a victim recover their damages and, hopefully, by doing so, get their own justice. A civil court also has a lower burden of proof than the criminal court system, which requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We understand that it could be traumatic to have to be a participant in both civil and criminal cases. The actual degree of participation varies from case to case. Your lawyer is here for you, ready to review every detail of what to anticipate, so you can decide how you wish to proceed and be as ready as you can be for what you can reasonably anticipate. In handling your case your lawyer has a goal of relieving you of stress and creating space for you to recover and rebuild your life.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation today, and one of our team members will explain how our role will play out in your case.
For a free legal consultation with a sexual assault lawyer serving Hicksville, call 516-932-0400
Types of Damages to Pursue
Our team will help you pursue the following types of damages:
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Sexual assault often results in numerous kinds of injuries and ailments, including abrasions, sexually transmitted diseases, and even broken bones from force or use of restraints. It costs money to treat these injuries, so pursuing damages to cover your medical bills is an option. Medical damages would also cover costs related to childbirth or terminating a pregnancy.
Costs for Emotional Distress
Costs for a victim can continue to grow as they get treated for anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder commonly referred to as PTSD. You should be able to receive treatment for the emotional distress you suffered as a result of your sexual assault without worrying about the price of therapists or prescriptions.
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A sexual assault could prevent a victim from working for an extended period of time. Depending on the perpetrator and where the assault took place, a sexual assault might even cause a victim to leave their job entirely. We will pursue lost wages as part of your damages.
Loss of Enjoyment
If your assault has had long-lasting psychological or physical effects, it could have affected your ability to enjoy life and activities you once loved. Not being able to take part in a hobby or sport you once loved might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but we consider this loss important because those activities were important to you. Your compensation should make up for that loss of enjoyment.
Pain and Suffering
Your compensation will also cover any other kind of pain and suffering arising from your assault.
How a Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Assist You
Our team will do the following as we handle your case:
Keep You Updated on Your Case
We keep our clients in the loop and update them on every new, significant development in their cases. An important goal of ours is creating a safe feeling for you to just focus on yourself and your recovery. We take care of all of the legal matters and let you know what is happening at every important turn.
Identify Liable Parties
A Hicksville sexual assault lawyer will identify all liable parties and show who owes you damages. Obviously, the perpetrator of an assault will be held liable, but that is not the only potentially liable party. It is possible that they do not have the assets needed to pay out the damages that you deserve. Another party could also be held liable in these cases, such as a company that failed to adequately screen employees and hired someone who was a danger to society or an institution that covered up a previous assault by the perpetrator.
As explained in Investopedia, this concept is known as “vicarious liability. ” Holding a business or institution accountable could help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Communicate with All Parties for You
We communicate with all parties for you so that you do not have to worry about anything. If there are any changes in your case, we let you know.
Our lawyers will gather the evidence needed to make your case. Depending on your case, evidence might include eyewitness testimony, police reports, or even the conviction of your assailant in criminal court.
Determine a Value for Your Case
We will argue why you deserve damages and how much compensation you are owed to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A lawyer from our team will build your case and negotiate with the other party for a potential settlement. If that fails, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, we will take our arguments to the courtroom and present the most forceful and persuasive case we can to the judge and jury on your behalf.
Filing Your Lawsuit
Your Hicksville sexual assault lawyer will also begin the claim process and, if necessary to begin the process of pursuing damages for you by commencing a lawsuit. In 2019 New York passed the Child Victims Act, which extended the time for sexual abuse victims to bring suit, no matter when the abuse took place. The relief provided by this time-extension however, is for a limited time only, so those interested in pursuing a claim should speak with a Hicksville Sexual Assault lawyer as soon as possible to best understand their rights and options.
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If a sexual assault caused you pain and suffering, you do not have to move forward on your own. A Hicksville sexual assault lawyer is ready to help you build your case and recover damages.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P.at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation today. Our multilingual staff is ready to help you in English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.