Los Angeles Sexual Assault & Abuse Attorneys
Whether you are a child or an adult, getting sexually assaulted or abused is a traumatic experience that can impact all aspects of your life. It can leave you feeling ashamed, angry and scared. These emotions are simply too hard to escape. In addition, victims of sexual assault commonly suffer emotional effects for years after the assault.
At the Nourmand Law Firm, we have the experience and knowledge to compassionately represent victims of sexual assault and abuse through civil litigation. We understand that filing a personal injury claim against the perpetrator will not undue the harm caused, but it can be a powerful catalyst for healing and a sense of justice.
Civil v. Criminal Cases
Victims of sexual assault and abuse may often find themselves amidst both a civil and criminal lawsuit. It is important to understand the difference between the two as they relate to victims.
A criminal sexual abuse or assault case is filed by the district attorney’s office against the perpetrator of the crime. The district attorney is acting on behalf of the people, not the victim, in bringing the case. Criminal cases ultimately have the goal of convicting the sexual perpetrators of a crime, which can be sentenced to jail time. Although financial restitution may be awarded to the victim, this is not often the goal.
A civil case is brought by the victim against the perpetrator of the sexual abuse or assault. It can also be brought against any other party who may have improperly supervised or employed the perpetrator and allowed him or her the opportunity to sexually assault the victim. Unlike a criminal case, which punishes the perpetrator, a civil lawsuit is designed to financially compensate the victim and his or her family.
Statute of Limitations
If you are a victim of sexual abuse or assault or the parent of a child who was sexually assaulted, it is important that you understand the time limits for bringing a personal injury claim. In civil cases, there are different time limits to bring a claim depending on whether an adult or a minor under 18 years of age is filing suit.
Furthermore, there are a variety factors that may affect the statute of limitations, or time limits. The deadline can be as short as six months from the date of the assault or when the parent found out about the assault or abuse. The time period to file suit can be longer than six months. However, it is not worth the risk of missing the deadline to wait to file the suit.
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If you or a loved one was abused or assaulted, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney who specifically handles these types of cases. The experienced and compassionate Los Angeles sexual abuse attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.