Helping Child Sexual Abuse Victims in Florida
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The effects of child sexual abuse can be traumatic and those who are victims may experience the lasting impact of the abuse not only through childhood but also into adulthood. It is not uncommon for victims of child sexual abuse to:
- Require ongoing therapy to deal with their issues
- Suffer from insomnia or depression
- Exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
- Develop addictions, including an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling
- Block the trauma from their memories
- Act out in aggressive ways
- Experience ongoing trust issues
These are just some of the many ways that child sexual abuse can impact a person, even into adulthood. Many of these lasting consequences of abuse have a serious impact on the victim’s quality of life or ability to earn a living. In some cases, the victim will even incur significant financial expenses for ongoing therapy or addiction counseling.
This has a real financial cost to the victim, in addition to the emotional cost. Child sexual abuse victims should not be made to bear the financial losses of their injuries. Child sexual abuse victims also should not go uncompensated for the emotional scars they bear. When a person is hurt in a car accident or in a slip-and-fall, that individual sues in order to recover damages to “make the plaintiff whole.” The same premise behind these types of personal injury lawsuits also extends to child sexual abuse lawsuits, even if there are no lasting physical scars and even if the child who was the victim of the sexual abuse is now a grown-up. The organizations that allowed the abuse or turned a blind eye should be held responsible to make the abuse victim whole. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our Florida child sexual abuse attorneys understand how sensitive the issue of abuse can be and we understand how difficult it can be for a victim to deal with the aftereffects of the abuse, even many years after the abuse has ended. We are sensitive to your feelings and to the high emotions involved in these types of cases and we will work with you and empower you to stand up and get the compensation you deserve.
TAKING LEGAL ACTION
Victims affected by child sexual abuse have had success taking legal action against organizations that facilitated the abuse or that failed to take reasonable steps to protect young people in their care. Victims have successfully made claims against religious groups and organizations; schools; day care centers; the Boy Scouts of America; and other companies that provide services to young people. If you or a loved one was the victim of child sexual abuse, you need to determine if any company or organization is to blame. If so, you can pursue a claim for compensation. It is possible for young people to take legal action even many years after the abuse occurred, as often it is too difficult for someone who is very young to come forward right away. We understand that it can be difficult to speak up about abuse and our attorneys will handle your claim with the compassion that you deserve as well as with the legal knowledge you need. We are here and ready to help you pursue a claim for compensation against the organization that allowed abuse to occur. Contact a Florida child sexual abuse lawyer at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
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