Sexual assault is a traumatizing experience which can only be fully understood if you’ve experienced it yourself. Victims of sexual crimes often carry this experience with them for the rest of their lives, and it can take years to heal emotionally and mentally. If you’re one of these victims, you should know that you’re not alone and that you deserve justice.
How The Civil Court System Helps Victims
Far too often, the criminal justice system fails victims of sexual assault. Even when rapists and sexual predators are convicted, criminal courts usually pay little attention to the needs of survivors. These crimes cause a variety of long-lasting damages, both economic and noneconomic. In a successful lawsuit you could receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Therapy sessions
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
While a lawsuit won’t erase past trauma, it can help make recovery easier and demand accountability from third parties whose negligence allowed the assault to occur.
Who Can Be Sued For Sexual Assault?
Victims may sue both the assaulter and anyone whose negligence allowed the assault to occur, including:
- Institutions – In recent years, there have been numerous news stories of various institutions covering up sexual assault and child sex abuse. Examples include religious groups, the Boy Scouts of America, and various colleges and universities. If an organization fails to protect its members from the risk of assault, attempts to cover up crimes to protect their reputation, or fails to properly respond to accusations of sexual assault, they could be held liable.
- Property owners – Property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are have proper protections against crime. If a dangerous property condition allows a sexual assault to occur, the property owner could be held liable under premises liability. For example, a parking garage may have lacked adequate security which could have prevented the commission of a sexual crime.
- Employers – If an employer fails to properly screen new hires and ends up hiring a sexual predator, the employer could be held liable for any crimes that employee commits.
Sexual assault liability is a complex issue and it usually requires a careful investigation to determine how an assault could have been prevented. At Lipsig Firm, our personal injury lawyers have the resources to investigate these incidents and help victims recover compensation from all liable parties.
Lawyers Sensitive to Your Needs and Tough on Crime
Rape victims have attorneys they can count on. The NYC sexual assault lawyers of the Lipsig Law Firm are experienced in representing rape and assault victims and have won multi-million-dollar verdicts on their behalf.
Some of these cases include a $10 million verdict for a student who was raped in a school stairwell and a $6 million verdict for a woman who was brutally attacked and stabbed in her apartment building due to poor security.
These victims were owed a duty to be protected, but they were not. Building owners have a responsibility to provide a reasonably secure environment for the residents of, and visitors to, their building. Schools have the same responsibility for their teachers, students and visitors.
You can learn more about the devastating effects of sexual assault on the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) website here.
When The Criminal Justice System Fails
Our NYC rape victim lawyers understand that victims of this violent and heinous crime sometimes feel that the criminal justice system has failed them. By protecting and defending your rights through the civil court system, we will always do our best to obtain justice and compensation for you. We urge you to contact a rape victim attorney as soon as possible following the assault.
To learn more about the difference between civil and criminal courts in America, visit this article from the American Bar Association.
Contact A Sexual Assault Lawyer In NYC
Our qualified rape victim attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay a cent until you receive compensation, at which point you are charged a percentage of the settlement.
There is no fee for our services unless a recovery is won.
Our rape victim attorneys in New York offer a free initial consultation. Click here to contact our rape victim lawyers in New York and find out whether you have grounds for a lawsuit at no cost to you.
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