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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Sexual abuse by trusted individuals causes physical and psychological pain that dramatically impacts the lives of victims and often leaves permanent emotional scars. Sexual abuse victims may require psychiatric therapy to assist in the healing and potentially lifelong recovery process.

If you, your child or a loved one has been victimized by sexual abuse, you need zealous representation to get accountability for those who caused the abuse. Sexual abuse is a criminal action and should be reported to law enforcement for criminal punishment. Additionally, since victims of sexual abuse frequently suffer from emotional and physical damages for the rest of their lives, they may also need civil remedies. While financial compensation will not ease the emotional pain, it can provide the necessary funds for proper therapeutic treatment and medical expenses.

At Barbuto & Johansson, we understand how devastating sexual abuse can be to the lives of victims and their families. We are dedicated to holding perpetrators and the institutions which empower them accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been victimized by sexual abuse, contact us today by calling (561) 444-7980 to schedule a confidential, in-person meeting to discuss the claims and legal options. We are always here to help you and your family.

Who can be Held Liable for Sexual Abuse Injuries?

The direct and indirect perpetrators of the abuse should be held responsible. Action can be taken against the individuals or entities which allowed the abuse to occur, hid the abuse or otherwise failed to take action to stop the abuse. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Boy scouts
  • Businesses
  • Camps
  • Churches
  • Clergy
  • Coaches
  • Colleges
  • Counselors
  • Cruise ships
  • Daycare centers
  • Dentists
  • Dioceses
  • Doctors
  • Foster care
  • Hospitals
  • Instructors
  • Jails
  • Landlords
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Physicians
  • Political leaders
  • Priests
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Psychologists
  • Public officials
  • Religious leaders
  • Religious organizations
  • Schools
  • Spas
  • Sports leagues
  • Teachers
  • Temples
  • Treatment centers
  • Universities
  • Youth groups

What are Some of the Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse often results in long term physical and emotional damage. Sexual abuse has been correlated with higher levels of anxiety, depression, dissociative patterns, eating disorders, gastrointestinal problems, guilt, headaches, panic attacks, pelvic pain, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), repression, self-blame, sexual problems, shame, social issues, somatic concerns and relationship problems.

What are Some of the Common Claims Made in Sexual Abuse Cases?

In sexual abuse civil litigation, some of the common claims made include: assault, battery, false imprisonment, inadequate security, negligent hiring or retention, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision and premise liability.

What Types of Damages are Available in Sexual Abuse Cases?

In additional to reporting sexual abuse to law enforcement for criminal punishment against the perpetrator, victims of sexual abuse can seek damages civilly for their physical and emotional damages. Recoverable damages may include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, disfigurement and disability damages, therapeutic expenses, lost wages, loss earning capacity, emotional distress, and potential punitive damages. In addition to financial compensation, victims may also recover other benefits including, an acknowledgment and apology, contribution to a charitable organization and injunctive relief that could prevent future abuse from occurring to others.

Consult with a Sexual Abuse Attorney

Sexual Abuse

If you, your child or a loved one has been victimized by sexual abuse, it is important to seek legal assistance. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit seeking damages. Since your rights could be impacted by a statute of limitation, it is important to consult with an attorney promptly. Contact the lawyers at Barbuto & Johansson, P.A. to discuss your claim, legal rights and options. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact us today at (561) 444-7980 or fill out our online form.

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