When someone you trust breaks that trust and leaves you seriously injured, it can be difficult to overcome this loss and get your life back on track. Someone close to you may have sexually abused you, and now you’re suffering for their actions.
When this happens—or when you’ve been sexually abused by anyone, including someone you didn’t know—you may have grounds for a lawsuit against your abuser. The personal injury lawyers at Louthian Law Firm, P.A. can help you seek compensation for the suffering they put you through. If you’re struggling to deal with the aftermath of abuse, reach out to a Charleston sexual abuse lawyer for help.
Can I Sue if My Abuser Was Arrested?
When you’ve suffered sexual abuse, your first step may have been to contact the police and get medical attention. These steps may have led to the arrest and even conviction of the abuser. Your abuser may have been a romantic partner, a family member, or an authority figure like a teacher or religious leader. In all these cases and others, they may already be facing criminal penalties for their abuses.
But a criminal conviction won’t lead to compensation for you. You may be due money for your claim, but the criminal and civil court systems are separate.
That means you’ll need to sue the at-fault party for their abuse and actions against you. Luckily, your Charleston sex abuse lawyer can help you file a claim and use the evidence from criminal court against your abuser.
Damages for a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
After you’ve suffered sexual abuse, you need to know what your claim is worth before you take your claim to Charleston civil court. You need to know what your economic and non-economic damages, or losses and trauma caused by the other party, are worth. If you settle for less than what your claim is worth, you’ll be unable to recover the full amount you’re due.
Because of this, you may need to speak with your Charleston sex abuse lawyer as soon as possible about your claim. They can help you determine what your claim is worth and which of the following damages, among others, you’re due:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Household services
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Reach Out to a Charleston Sexual Abuse Attorney
When you’re suffering through a Charleston sexual abuse claim, it can be difficult to think about anything else. You may be losing sleep, missing work, and struggling to return to the life you once loved.
At Louthian Law Firm, P.A., we know it’s tough to get compensated for and recover from abuse like this. That’s why we’re here to help you take your claim to Charleston civil court and get the compensation you’re owed.
When you’re working with a Charleston sexual abuse lawyer, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything. That’s why we offer free consultations—we want to take the pressure off you, so you can focus on healing. To work with us, starting with a free consultation, call 803-592-6231 or fill out the online contact form below.