Sexual abuse can leave victims with long-term physical and emotional trauma. No one ever has the right to inflict sexual abuse on you. When they do, our team might be able to help you find the help and support you need to overcome the potential damage you sustained.
If you or someone you love was the victim of any form of non-consensual sexual activity, you have the right to fight for justice—and our team might be able to help bolster and support your fight.
While financial compensation cannot eradicate the trauma of sexual abuse, holding the offender financially accountable may help you cope with the trauma and aid in your recovery. If you were the victim of any form of sexual abuse, a Marion sexual abuse lawyer might be able to help you seek financial compensation from the at-fault party.
When you are ready to start rebuilding your life, get in touch with the Fitch Law Firm LLC by calling (740) 212-1686 today.
The Long-Term Damage of Sexual Abuse
According to Cleveland Clinic research, you might have nightmares and troubling memories that qualify as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after suffering from sexual abuse. Their research indicates that you might have a higher-than-usual risk of PTSD if you:
- Suffered sexual abuse as a child
- Are coping with depression or anxiety
- Have a family history of depression or anxiety
- Struggle with alcohol or substance abuse
- Have an inadequate support system
You might be able to include the cost of treating abuse-related PTSD in your lawsuit for financial compensation. Look for the signs of PTSD in yourself or someone you love who was traumatized by sexual abuse.
Watch for These PTSD Symptoms
A traumatic event like sexual assault might lead to mental health concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Cleveland Clinic research cites these ongoing symptoms of PTSD that might follow sexual abuse or trauma:
- Invasive memories
- Frightening flashbacks
- Memory loss
- Anxiety triggers
- Emotional despair
- Feelings of helplessness
If you or someone you love was the victim of sexual abuse, and you notice the warning signs and symptoms of PTSD, seek medical and psychiatric assistance immediately. You should also discuss your symptoms and the cost of your treatments with our personal injury team right away.
The Financial Impact of Sexual Abuse
Recovering from the physical, mental, and emotional aftermath of sexual abuse can have corresponding financial costs. Your physical and psychiatric recovery may require you to miss time at work and seek professional counseling. According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2307.011, the state may allow you to recover the following financial damages from the person whose abuse led to your physical and emotional injuries:
- All current and future wages, salaries, or other financial damage resulting from your injuries and recovery
- The cost of all health care, therapy, and rehabilitation incurred as a result of the abuse
- The physical and emotional pain and suffering that often follows sexual abuse
A team member may be able to help you learn more about your possible avenues for financial compensation. By filing a civil lawsuit on your behalf, our team might be able to help you hold the assailant financially responsible for his actions and your recovery.
You May Not Have to Cope with the Stress of a Court Case
In the aftermath of sexual abuse in Marion, your physical, mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing is our primary concern. When our team works on building and strengthening your lawsuit, we can try to help you avoid the stress and anxiety of a court case by negotiating a financial settlement with the at-fault party.
After assigning a financial value to your potential compensation package, we may use that number to drive settlement negotiations in your favor. When we help you settle your lawsuit out of court, we can also explain the merits of each settlement offer you may receive.
If you would prefer to resolve your compensation lawsuit without going to court, you might appreciate the guidance and support of a Marion sexual abuse lawyer. Contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC by calling (740) 212-1686 today to learn more about how we can assist you.
You Have Rights that Must Be Honored
In addition to pursuing the financial compensation that you may be entitled to collect, our team can make sure that your rights as a crime victim are respected and protected. As the victim of a crime in Marion, you have the following rights, according to Ohio Crime Victim’s Rights guidelines:
- The right to privacy
- The right to legal counsel
- The right to a criminal investigation
- The right to certain notifications
- The right to consult with the prosecutor
- The right to attend criminal court proceedings
Our team might be able to help you explore the range of assistive services you are entitled to that may help you cope with your trauma and start getting your life back on track.
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Let Our Team Fight for the Justice You Deserve
If you were the victim of sexual abuse, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. You also deserve to recover from the physical and emotional trauma of sexual abuse. Our team can fight for your financial recovery so you can focus on your mental and emotional health.
A Marion sexual abuse lawyer might be able to help you file a civil lawsuit against the person who assaulted you. Contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC by calling (740) 212-1686 to find out how hard we fight for justice for our injured clients.
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