Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have suffered physical, psychological, and emotional injuries after being sexually abused. Lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against those who have perpetrated sexual abuse and those who concealed the abuse.

What Do We Know About Sexual Abuse Lawsuits?

Sexual abuse victims and families of victims have filed lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, schools, doctors, universities, camps, residential care centers, and other institutions for sexual abuse that occurred when the victim was a child or an adult. In the Catholic Church alone, 6,000 Catholic priests have been accused with credible complaints. The Church has paid more than $3 billion in lawsuits and settlements to survivors of sexual abuse. In December 2021, the Boy Scouts reached a tentative $800 million settlement agreement to pay into a trust to compensate survivors of sexual abuse.

Survivors of sexual abuse may seek compensation against the institutions and businesses who employed the perpetrators. These institutions have a duty to protect children under their care. In the case of adults, employers have a duty to report illegal conduct that they knew or should have known about. If institutions and employers fail to employ safeguards or conceal known abuse, they may be found liable as well.

Sexual Abuse Injuries

Victims of sexual abuse often suffer from mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Survivors may have difficulty engaging in normal life activities due to psychological trauma. Others may experience personality-based impairments such as dissociative disorders. Sexual abuse can also lead to addiction, self-mutilation, behavioral abnormalities, suicidal ideation, and completion. In addition to psychological and emotional trauma, survivors of sexual abuse experience physical injuries related to sexual assault. In addition, many develop risks of other physical ailments including high blood pressure, persistent pain, and chronic sleep disorders.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by Sexual Abuse, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

Sexual Abuse and the Law

The New York Child Victims Act (CVA) provided an extension of time for victims of sexual abuse to bring claims for abuse that occurred in New York. Lawsuits must be filed before the 55th birthday of the victim as opposed to the 21st birthday, as previously required. The law also permitted lawsuits previously barred by the statute of limitations to be initiated within a lookback window, which was open until August 1, 2021. Other states have instituted similar revival windows and age increases for sexual abuse claims.

Damages and Sexual Abuse Cases

  • Sexual abuse and assault are punishable by both criminal and civil law. A victim can file a civil suit against the perpetrator, employer, associate, or institution that knew about or should have known about the abuse.
  • Victims can file claims for compensatory damages to recover damages for physical injuries, emotional injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering.
  • Victims may also seek punitive damages as compensation for egregious conduct.