Sexual abuse is a deeply painful experience. If you or a loved one was the victim of such abuse, a Springfield sexual abuse lawyer can help protect your rights and pursue fair monetary compensation. Call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (937) 247-6521 to learn more about what we can do for you. A member of our team is available to talk to you day or night.
Defining and Punishing Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), occurs when someone uses their position of power over another to force or pressure another person into an unwanted sexual situation. Even threatening to do this counts as sexual abuse; no physical or sexual act needs to take place for the victim to suffer serious, even life-altering psychological and/or physical effects.
Sex offenses can take a variety of forms. Some types of sexual abuse may fall into the category of violent crime, as defined by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). In Ohio, certain sex offenses are considered felonies and, per the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, may carry hefty prison sentences for anyone convicted of such a crime.
Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, especially those who are vulnerable or dependent on others, such as nursing home residents. One thing, however, is always true: it is never the victim’s fault. A Springfield sexual abuse lawyer can help you by standing up for your rights and negotiating for a fair settlement. You can reach our Springfield office at (937) 247-6521 to learn more through a free case review.
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You Might Be Able to Recover Compensation
Compensation, also referred to as damages, is money awarded to anyone who has been wronged or injured by another party’s malicious, reckless, or thoughtless behavior. How much and what kinds of compensation you are entitled to will depend on the specifics of your case. General guidelines are included below, but be sure to consult a lawyer if you want advice tailored to your situation.
For Those Who Suffered Physically and Psychologically
Sexual abuse can affect both your mind and your body. You may be able to recover damages based on:
- Pain and suffering: your physical and/or mental health declined as a direct result of the abuse.
- Disfigurement: the abuse has left you with noticeable scars that affect your appearance, range of motion, or both.
- Quality of life: you can no longer enjoy the same activities or lifestyle you once did.
- Loss of consortium: your relationship with your spouse has deteriorated because of the abuse and its repercussions.
For Those Who Suffered Financially
In some cases, abuse can cause you and your family fiscal distress. You may be able to recover damages based on:
- Medical expenses: this can include treatment for both physical and mental care, as well as travel expenses if you had to go a long way to receive necessary care.
- Loss of wages: you could not go to work for any length of time due to the abuse or resulting injuries.
- Loss of earning capacity: your ability to get and maintain a job has been permanently affected; you will never be able to earn as much as you used to earn.
- Loss of employment: you lost or had to leave your job because of the abuse or its effects.
Other Damages Are Available
The above is only a partial list of the economic and non-economic damages that may be available to you, depending on the specifics and severity of your injuries. If you are suing on behalf of a loved one who has passed away, you may also qualify for additional damages.
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Let a Lawyer Help with Your Case
All too often, there is a stigma or shame unjustly associated with having been sexually abused. As a result, you may be reluctant to hire a lawyer about your case or file a case at all. On the other hand, maybe you are eager to file a lawsuit and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Either way, the Fitch Law Firm LLC can help.
The first thing we will do is listen to your story. A member of our team will let you know if you have a case that will stand up to legal scrutiny. If you do, and if you decide you want a lawyer to represent you, we can do all of the following and more on your behalf:
- Look for evidence: it is always a good idea to support your testimony with witness statements, police reports, and any other available forms of evidence.
- Act as a go-between: you do not ever have to speak with the liable party or their representatives. Your lawyer will serve as a buffer between you and them.
- Negotiate a settlement: many cases end in pretrial settlements. We will fight hard to get the liable party’s insurance company to agree to pay a fair settlement.
- Represent you in court: if your case does go to trial, your lawyer will make all of the arrangements and even advocate for you in the courtroom.
- Provide advice: we are always here to answer your questions, explain your options, and support you in any way we can. Call us any time you need guidance.
- Work on a contingent basis: we make our services more affordable by deferring all fees until you have received compensation. If you are not awarded compensation, you do not have to pay us any legal fees.
If you are seeking legal representation after you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse, the Fitch Law Firm LLC can provide you with compassionate, sensitive assistance. A Springfield sexual abuse lawyer will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done. Give us a call at (937) 247-6521 whenever you are ready to begin.
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