Whether you are at work, school, a place of worship, or under medical care, sexual abuse is disgraceful and should not be tolerated. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse in Dayton, consider pursuing compensation for all your related damages.
Being sexually abused is a traumatic experience, and navigating life afterward can be overwhelming. Let a sexual abuse lawyer from our legal team in Dayton help you pursue justice. Get in touch with the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, today to learn more about our services. The first consultation is free.
You May be Able to Collect Compensation for the Damages You Suffered
If you are a victim of sexual abuse or assault, you may be entitled to pursue compensation from the person who abused you. This compensation can then be used to pay for your treatment and other related expenses.
The types of damages you may be able to collect include:
If you or your loved one went to the doctor to get treatment for your injuries and damages related to the abuse, these medical bills can add up. You may be able to recover compensation to pay for:
- Blood tests
- Physical exams
- Doctor’s appointments
- Ultrasounds and other imaging exams if necessary
Doctor’s appointments are not just limited to your medical doctor. They can also cover the costs of your psychotherapy sessions if you suffered psychological trauma as a result of your abuse and require psychiatric treatment.
If the sexual abuse took place at work, you may have to leave your job temporarily or permanently. To better your mental health, you may need time to take off work or find another job.
Even if you were not abused at work, you may still choose to stay home and focus on healing until you feel ready to go back to your job. We can calculate how your sexual abuse affected your ability to make personal income, then pursue compensation to cover this loss.
Pain and Suffering
The physical and mental pain from sexual abuse can take a toll on your personal life. Pain and suffering can apply to physical and emotional pain. For example, you may not enjoy activities you once did because it reminds you of the abuse, or enjoying those activities may hurt too much to do them.
Though your pain and suffering cannot be healed with money, we aim to pursue compensation that reflects the impact it had on your life. With financial compensation, you may be able to pave a new pathway for yourself.
Emotional distress is a form of pain and suffering, but this type of damage focuses more on the mental effects of sexual abuse. If you suffered or continue to suffer depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or insomnia as a result of the sexual abuse, you may be able to claim this damage.
These are not the only damages you can seek from the at-fault party. A sexual abuse lawyer from our team in Dayton can help you figure out what your other options are. To learn more, reach out to the Fitch Law Firm, LLC.
For a free legal consultation with a sexual abuse lawyer serving Dayton, call 614-545-3930
How Our Team Can Help You Prepare Your Sexual Abuse Case for Court
A lawyer from our team can help you pursue justice from the person or people who caused you or your loved one so much pain. Our team will work together to build your case so that you can focus on healing from your pain.
Once you agree to have us represent you in your sexual abuse case, we can get to work and help you build your claim or lawsuit by:
Interviewing Relevant Parties or Potential Witnesses in Your Case
If the abuse took place at work or at a nursing home, our team can interview the staff, residents, and other associated parties. We can ask potential witnesses if they noticed any strange behavior from the abuser or if they themselves have witnessed or experienced any abuse themselves.
If a child was sexually abused, our team can question teachers, friends’ parents, and other people in the child’s circle if they noticed the child was suddenly withdrawn or had a change in demeanor, among other things.
Gathering Evidence that Supports Your Claims About the Abuse
Our team can also investigate your case to gather supporting evidence. Evidence may include:
- Pictures of the injuries
- Logbooks of the staff to see when and where they were at the time of the abuse
- Any video footage that captured the abuse, such as from surveillance cameras
- The official police report about the sexual abuse
- Witness testimony
Monitoring How Long You Have Left to File Your Case
We can also help you meet the statute of limitations. Keep in mind that this deadline varies case by case. For example, the courts would give a victim more time to file a lawsuit if they were abused as a child than they would if the victim was over 21, per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.111. Our team can determine which deadline applies to your case.
Representing You During Negotiation Meetings or at Trial
After you have suffered sexual abuse, the last thing you want to do is dispute your case with the at-fault party’s legal team. Instead, your lawyer can negotiate a settlement with them and let you know about any updates throughout the process.
If you are not satisfied with their final offer, your lawyer can take the case to trial and represent you in your pursuit of justice.
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Get Treatment for You or Your Loved One Right Away if Sexual Abuse has occurred
If you or your loved one is experiencing abuse, visit a doctor right away to get checked out. In doing so, you can prepare a rape kit or otherwise document your abuse in your medical records, which can be used as supporting evidence in your case.
You may also want to consider consulting a mental health professional. Experiencing this kind of abuse can lead to psychological trauma. If it goes untreated, victims may engage in self-destructive behavior or attempt suicide.
Resources Available to Victims
Keep in mind that anyone suffering from sexual abuse may also be experiencing other types of harm, such as physical and emotional abuse. These forms have many of the same symptoms, but it is still important to decipher what types you or your loved one has been suffering.
It may be beneficial to contact the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to learn more about the different types of abuse. More importantly, this network can provide resources to help victims through this difficult time in their lives. They have helped over three million survivors and their families. If you are interested, you can call their hotline. Someone is always there to speak with you or your loved one.
Our Attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, Want to Help You
Taking legal action against the person who hurt you cannot only put an end to your abuse, but it can also keep others from getting hurt as well. For this reason, consider hiring a sexual abuse lawyer from our team in Dayton today.
We want to help you get the most favorable outcome in your case so you can begin to heal. Contact the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, today.