Before we file a lawsuit for you, we will talk about your goals and desires. We will also thoroughly investigate your claim and collect evidence to support your case.
Due to the nature of these cases, we often recommend therapy for the victim. This helps the victim process what has happened to them and gain the strength to confront abusers and enablers through a lawsuit.
When the victim, their family and the lawyer are prepared, a civil lawsuit is filed in court.
The civil legal system provides mechanisms to gain information about what happened and how it was allowed to happen. This process is often very beneficial to the victim because they gain new understanding about what happened to them.
While some civil cases are heard by a jury, many more are settled out of court. Unlike the criminal system, in the civil case the victim decides whether they wish to settle. Competent legal advice can help the victim understand their options.
Under the law, when a person wins a civil case, they are entitled to money damages. This may include the cost of medical care including counseling and the mental anguish that comes from the abuse, among other things. For child victims, money from a civil case is placed in a court supervised trust account. The child’s money is preserved for the child’s benefit.