Sexual abuse can be life-altering for victims. It can leave lasting emotional scars on survivors and can be perpetrated by a stranger, caregiver, or family member. Many times it is someone entrusted with the safety of the individual. At RVA Personal Injury Lawyers, we believe it is crucial that perpetrators are held responsible for their actions and brought to justice. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, you should call RVA Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as you can.
RAINN reports that every 68 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Those under 30 are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual trauma. It is prevalent among men, women, and transgender individuals. There are different forms of sexual abuse, but they all have one thing in common. Sexual abuse consists of unwanted touching by another individual. It may also involve force, manipulation, threat, or coercion.
Sexual abuse can happen anywhere and often when a person least expects it. Sadly, for many victims, they know the perpetrator, which can make it more challenging to report the crime. Some common situations or locations where sexual abuse occurs include:
If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, you should need to call law enforcement to report the situation. Your next call should be to RVA Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your case with a Virginia sexual abuse lawyer.
Sexual abuse is not easy to discuss with others. Sometimes the signs are present, and it takes someone else noticing to bring up the conversation. Other times, the victim is a vulnerable child or adult who cannot express themselves about the situation. Sudden changes in behavior might be a sign that something nefarious has occurred. Often perpetrators use threats to keep the victim silent.
Sometimes the perpetrator can show red flags or act suspiciously. You can look for signs such as:
Victims might have access to financial compensation through a civil claim. You can hold your attacker financially responsible for the harm they have inflicted. This is a separate case from the criminal one that involves the state filing charges. You should speak to a Virginia sexual abuse lawyer for options.
Being sexually abused can be a harrowing experience for victims. You deserve justice. Speak to Virginia personal injury lawyer from RVA Personal Injury Lawyers for help. Call us at (804) 915-1611 to schedule a consultation today.
There are many personal injury lawyers in Virginia, but we believe that we stand out for several reasons:
We have a deep understanding of the legal and insurance systems in Virginia and will use this knowledge to get justice on your behalf.
Sharif Gray has a proven track record of success in securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
We understand that every case is unique and we take the time to listen to your story and understand your needs and goals. We will work with you to develop a customized legal strategy to get the justice you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid. You can rest assured that we are working hard to get you the best possible result.
The statute of limitations is two years for most personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases in Virginia.
For most cases, you must file a lawsuit within that time frame. But there are exceptions. Give us a call at (804) 915-1611 to discuss your options.
In Virginia, the jury considers the following factors when deciding the amount of a verdict:
(1) Any bodily injuries sustained and their effect on health according to their degree and probable duration;
(2) Any physical pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(3) Any disfigurement or deformity and any associated humiliation or embarrassment suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(4) Any inconvenience caused in the past and any that probably will be caused in the future;
(5) Any medical expenses incurred in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to occur in the future;
(6) Any earnings lost because of being unable to work at their calling;
(7) Any loss of earnings and lessening of earning capacity, or either, that may reasonably be expected to sustain in the future; and
(8) Any property damage sustained.
Virginia Model Jury Instruction No. 9.000: General Personal Injury and Property Damage
There is no cap on damages in most personal injury cases. But there is a cap on damages in medical malpractice cases.
There is also a cap on punitive damages.
Your personal injury lawyer should pursue the full and fair value of what was taken from your health and quality of life.
Sharif Gray has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and he is known for taking cases to trial.
We are not settlement lawyers. We are committed to trying cases well. Because of that, we do not handle hundreds of cases at a time. We are selective in the cases we take so we can get justice for the people we represent.
Nothing until we win your case.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
If we resolve your case before filing a lawsuit, we charge a fee of up to 33.33% of the recovery. After a lawsuit is filed, we may charge a fee of up to 40% of the recovery.
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