If you have experienced a sexual assault of any kind in Uniondale, you are entitled to recover financial compensation for your mental and physical suffering. These damages may also cover any financial losses you have sustained because of the assault.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that sexual assault is not your fault and you are not alone. A Uniondale sexual assault lawyer will be there to represent your fight for justice in our civil courts, handling your legal case while you focus on recovering from this traumatic event.
To learn more about our services, contact a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. representative today at (516) 932-0400 and receive a free consultation.
In This Article
- Understanding Sexual Assault Cases
- Recoverable Damages for Sexual Assault Victims
- Uniondale Lawyers Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault
- Get Help From a Uniondale Sexual Assault Lawyer
Understanding Sexual Assault Cases
Here at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we know these horrible acts are all too common in our society. In fact, research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) shows that around 1 in 5 women has reported rape or attempted rape. For men, around 2.6% have experienced rape or attempted rape. That means that roughly 25.5 million women and 2.8 million men experienced and reported this trauma at some point.
Sadly, there are likely millions of others who have not come forward after their sexual assault. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), only around 25% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to police in 2018. Yet, even if you do not want to report your assault to the police, you may still be within your rights to take civil action against your abuser.
Where Sexual Assaults Often Occur
Sexual assault can take many forms, including physical assaults, psychological abuse, and more. These abuses often involve manipulation, harassment, and betrayal of trust.
These attacks can happen anywhere and anytime, even when there are multiple witnesses nearby. Common areas where sexual assault occurs can include, but may not be limited to:
- The workplace
- Religious Houses of Worship of any faith and agencies and facilities affiliated with these institutions, especially involving youth participation & programs
- Nightclubs or bars
- Nursing homes or care facilities
- Jails or prisons
- Children’s organizations, such as Boy Scouts or youth groups
- Medical practices, including hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and psychiatrists’ offices
- Schools at all levels
- The military
No matter where your assault occurred, a Uniondale sexual assault lawyer will be there to help fight for your right to compensation. At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our attorneys want to hold these offenders responsible for their actions, so Uniondale can be a safer place for both women and men.
As every case is different, we want to offer you a free case review so we can better understand your legal options. To learn more about what types of sexual assault can warrant legal action, contact a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. representative today at (516) 932-0400.
For a free legal consultation with a sexual assault lawyer serving Uniondale, call 516-932-0400
Recoverable Damages for Sexual Assault Victims
If the court finds the offender liable for your injuries, they, and the institution they were employed by, represented, or were in some manner acting on behalf of, can be held responsible for paying out damages related to the many losses you have faced. Potentially recoverable damages include:
- Medical costs, such as expenses related to hospital bills, therapy, and rehabilitation services
- Impacts on your quality of life, either physical or psychological
- Lost wages, either from being unable to work or being unable to continue pursuing your education or certification
- Loss of consortium. Sexual assaults may prevent victims from having meaningful intimate relationships in the future and affect their personal relationships with family members and friends
- Pain and suffering, encompassing the physical pain and mental anguish you have had to endure
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Uniondale Lawyers Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault
If you decide to hire a lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our team will provide numerous legal services to help you get through this difficult time. We will:
- Offer a free, no-obligation case review
- Provide updates about the progression of your case
- Investigate your case to help identify the liable parties
- Communicate with other parties on your behalf
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
Depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, our attorneys will also consult with expert witnesses about the specific details of your case, including doctors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists, to better understand the extent of your pain and suffering. These practices allow us to better understand your case value.
Note that, as New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214 details a statute of limitations on certain civil cases, you will be unable to bring legal action if you wait too long to file a lawsuit. Your case may benefit from New York’s Child Victims Act but the facts of your situation should be carefully analyzed by an experienced lawyer to determine how the law applies.
Get Help From a Uniondale Sexual Assault Lawyer
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. has been serving victims since 1991. We can assist clients in several different languages, and we can set up a meeting anywhere on Long Island or in the metropolitan area.
We are obligated to observe, and we have a deep respect for the practice of maintaining strict attorney-client privilege. We do not release anything you tell us without your consent. We will keep any information you disclose in strict confidence, protected by the attorney-client privilege. We realize how difficult it can be to relive these memories, which is why we will do everything in our power to handle your legal case compassionately and effectively, so you can put this chapter of your life behind you.
If you are worried about affording our attorney fees, you should know that we operate on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not require any unless we win.
At the end of the day, we are here to let you know you are not alone during this difficult time. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual assault and you are looking for further assistance, the New York Office of Victim Services offers guidance, support, and access to survivors’ organizations.
To receive your free consultation with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., contact a team member today at (516) 932-0400.