Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is an Okeechobee injury law firm that represents those who have been victimized by child sexual abuse. Our professional goal is to take on the legal burden for abuse victims and their families, helping them to hold responsible an organization that was supposed to protect them and that instead put them in the path of an abuser. We also treat every case with compassion and understanding so the abuse victim has the chance to have a strong advocate fighting on his or her behalf.
Child sexual abuse victims deserve to have someone standing up for the rights and deserve to have their day in civil court. The purpose of a civil court lawsuit for child sexual abuse is to hold the organization that was negligent in protecting the child from abuse financially responsible for the healing and recovery of that victim. Through civil litigation – rather than criminal, which handles only the perpetrator but does nothing to help the victim reclaim their life – we make the organization pay the victim monetary compensation for the abuses perpetrated. While no amount of money can ever erase the wrong that was done to an abuse victim, child sexual abuse attorneys try to achieve a fair and just outcome for the victim. We want every child victim of sexual abuse to be afforded the resources for therapy and counseling toward recovery and healing.
Child sexual abuse civil lawsuits are brought in civil court and are considered a subset of personal injury cases. Other types of personal injury cases, such as auto accident or slip-and-fall cases, have a shorter statute of limitations and are designed to try to compensate the victim for lost wages, medical costs, physical pain, and emotional pain.
Child sexual abuse cases, on the other hand, do not have a small window of opportunity in which the plaintiff can take action. The victim of child sexual abuse can file a civil lawsuit shortly after the abuse has occurred, or can do so many years later when he or she is an adult and has decided to stand up and take action.
Child sexual abuse cases may be different from car accident cases or other personal injury cases in other ways as well, since they may focus more on the emotional scarring and emotional injury that the abuse caused. Child sexual abuse victims are more prone to various types of emotional consequences including:
These are just a few of the many possible lasting emotional ramifications for abuse victims. The abuse victim may have his or her quality of life impacted by the ongoing emotional stress brought on by the abuser. In some cases, there is an actual financial cost that results from the abuse as well, such as the cost of therapy. Whether there is current provable financial loss doesn’t really matter in these cases because the purpose of child sexual abuse lawsuits is to make the defendant organization, such as a school, club, or church group, pay damages for the emotional harm he or she has caused.
Okeechobee child sexual abuse attorneys understand that civil lawsuits against child abusers are about more than just money. We know that many abuse victims want closure, and want to address the gap in the justice system that allows organizations responsible for abuse to escape responsibility. We understand that your claim has an emotional component to it and we are sensitive to the nature of these difficult cases.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene lawyers have the legal knowledge necessary to represent you and to be strong advocates for your rights. We will do everything possible to build a strong case to get you the maximum compensation available under the law. Contact our caring Okeechobee child sexual abuse attorneys today online or at 800-560-5059 to find out how we can help.