Nationwide Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Sexual abuse is a horrifying crime that causes unseen damage to its victims. It is easy to see the pain of a motorcycle accident victim in traction. The pain of a sexual abuse victim, by contrast, can linger on for a lifetime of silent suffering. Sexual abuse is more than just a crime, however — it is an offense against your emotional health and, above all, your human dignity.
If you have been victimized by a sexual assault, seeing the offender brought to justice in a criminal court is not enough. You deserve compensation for your suffering, and for all of the life-changing consequences of that suffering. At Edwards Pottinger, our job it to see to it that you receive every penny in compensation that you deserve. And your claim could be more than you think it is.
Some of Our Recent Case Results
Our personal injury attorneys have been showered with awards for outstanding advocacy on behalf of our clients. At the end of the day, however, it is results that matter — and that means dollars and cents. Our attorneys have secured so many verdicts and settlements for our clients that space prevents us from listing all of them here. Following, however, is an abbreviated list of recent trial results from the state of Florida:
- Baca v. Island Girl, Ltd.: $70,560,050.00
- Demella v. Kim and Riverside Hotel: $24,000,000
- Beasley v. Highwoods and Schindler: $13,188,000
- Bellamy v. Festival Fun Parks, LLC d/b/a Boomers!: $4,255,280
- Conner v. Clyde Enterprises d/b/a All Stars Sports Bar and Grill: $2,000,000
As attorneys, we are prohibited by law from guaranteeing specific results. What we can guarantee, however, is the most effective representation available anywhere.
Criminal Offenses Versus Civil Offenses
The very same act of sexual abuse can be defined as a either a civil offense (justifying a lawsuit), a criminal offense (justifying a prosecution), or both at the same time. A lawsuit and a civil trial are two separate proceedings based on two different sets of laws and two different court systems. You can sue an offender for sexual assault, for example, and also petition the prosecutor to prosecute the offender for rape.
You do not necessarily have to prove that someone committed a criminal offense to win a lawsuit against them, however — in other words, a bad act that does not rise to the level of a criminal offense can still justify a lawsuit for damages in many instances. You can even win a lawsuit against someone for an offense even after a criminal court acquits the offender of the same offense (the O.J. Simpson in the 1990s is a good example of this).
In some states, if the offender pleads not guilty and is convicted in criminal court for the same incident that triggered your sexual abuse lawsuit, he cannot argue otherwise in your civil lawsuit. If that happens, the only matter left for you to prove will be the amount of damages and, if you are suing a third party defendant (such as the offender’s employer), the relationship between the third-party defendant and the offender that justifies assessing liability against the third party.
The Statute of Limitations Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit
The statute of limitations sets the time period by which you must either file a sexual assault lawsuit or abandon your claim (five years after the date that the offense is committed, for example). If you wait until the statute of limitations deadline passes without either filing a lawsuit or settling the case out of court, the value of your claim will drop to zero.
Statutes of limitations vary widely from state to state. In some states, for example, the statute of limitations period doesn’t start to run until the victim turns 18. Other states allow you to file a lawsuit for an offense that would be a felony in criminal court, no matter how long you wait to file. Still other states will waive the statute of limitations deadline if DNA evidence is available.
The Time to Act is Now
The best time to begin preparing your sexual abuse claim is as soon as possible after the abuse occurs. Even if you have been reluctant to come forward, however, we still have many weapons in our legal arsenal that we can use to help you prevail. We can guarantee complete confidentiality — we will not divulge anything you discuss with us unless you give us permission to do so.
At Edwards Pottinger, we specialize in fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. If you or your loved one has been victimized by sexual abuse, call our toll-free number from anywhere in the United States at (800) 400-1098 ; otherwise simply fill out our online contact form. And remember — if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us any legal fees.