The purpose of a Miami child sexual abuse lawsuit is to make an organization or entity pay for the negligence that led to child sexual abuse. If an organization such as a school, church group, or club employed an abuser, looked the other way at signs of abuse, or otherwise negligently failed to protect children who were a part of that organization, our Miami child sexual abuse attorneys can help the victims of the abuse take action.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a Miami personal injury law firm that represents victims of child sexual abuse. Our caring and professional lawyers provide compassionate representation to abuse victims who want to make a negligent organization face financial consequences for their failures.
Child sexual abuse is a wrong that often stays with the victim for a long time. A child who suffers abuse may not be able to speak up right away, or may not feel that the criminal court system has provided sufficient justice since organizations typically face no legal consequences for facilitating abuse. Children who suffer sexual abuse and their families may feel powerless against a perpetrator or the organization where the abuse occurred, but when they become adults they may want a chance to have their voices heard in court, and get the compensation they deserve for the wrong and injustice done to them. Ideally, the sooner we can go to work at getting compensation for the victims of child sexual abuse, the better, as we want each child to get the counseling and therapy they need toward healing and recovery. We are passionate about helping victims and their families get the resources they need to go on with their lives. We are here to help 24/7.
In the state of Florida, anyone who was the victim of abuse as a child can file a civil suit against the organization or entity they view as responsible, regardless of how long it has been since the abuse ended. Many adults decide later in life to take action in civil court, but child sexual abuse cases can be brought at any time after the abuse.
The purpose of child sexual abuse cases against neglectful organizations is different from the criminal actions against abusers. A civil lawsuit isn’t going to result in anyone being sent to jail. Instead, it can allow the victim of the abuse to recover compensation for:
• Any financial costs and losses associated with the abuse
• Emotional distress suffered as a result of the abuse
• Ongoing pain or trauma that was caused by the abuser
The plaintiff in a child sexual abuse case needs to demonstrate that the abuse occurred and that it caused some type of damage or harm. Victims also need to demonstrate that the organization failed in some way. A Miami child sexual abuse attorney can help plaintiffs build a strong case in order to maximize the chance of getting the damage award that is deserved.
The standard of proof for a plaintiff in a child sexual abuse civil lawsuit is not as strong as in criminal cases; instead of beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard is preponderance of the evidence. This means if a plaintiff in a child sexual abuse case can prove that his or her version of events is most likely true, then the jury should find for the plaintiff and make the defendant pay. Our Miami child sexual abuse attorneys can assist you in building a case.
Child sexual abuse has a very real cost, both financial and emotional. The lasting scars can continue to haunt the abuse victim even after any physical damage has faded away. As such, the damage awards in child sexual abuse cases are often high, though they will never suffice or compare to the cost of a child’s innocence.
The specific amount of compensation available to an abuse victim as a result of a civil lawsuit is going to vary depending upon the specifics of the case. In some cases, however, plaintiffs can recover broader damages by making a claim against organizations that may have been in some way responsible for or allowed the abuse to occur.
A Miami child sexual abuse attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you to get a broader understanding of how to take legal action and of the types of damages that may be available in your case. Call us at 800-560-5059 to find out how we can help.