Sexual assault comes in many forms, and regardless of the specifics, it is both a criminal and civil offense. Many people do not realize that even if they report the incident to the police and there is a criminal investigation, charges filed, and ultimately a conviction, there is an opportunity to seek compensatory damages for a range of impacts that this traumatic experience can cause.
However, it is understandable that a victim of sexual assault, molestation, child pornography, sexual battery, or sexual harassment will likely not want to relive the experience over and over again while trying to fight for compensation on their own. This is why partnering with an experienced and proven Tallahassee personal injury lawyer is one of the best ways to move forward with this sensitive case.
If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual abuse or violence in any form, you may be entitled to compensation for many of the damages you have suffered. No amount of money will take back this traumatic experience, but there is no reason that a victim should shoulder the financial and emotional burdens of this detrimental and traumatic experience without being compensated as the law sees fit.
Contact Fasig | Brooks for a Free Consultation About Your Sexual Assault Case
The award-winning team of Tallahassee personal injury attorneys at Fasig | Brooks understands the sensitivity and discretion that a victim of any personal injury expects and deserves from their lawyer while fighting to resolve a claim or case, and this is especially true of situations stemming from sexual violence or assault. We offer a free consultation where we can discuss the specifics of your situation, including the events, the circumstances leading up to the sexual assault, harassment, or otherwise inappropriate sexual behavior, as well as the steps you have already taken — both from a civil and criminal perspective.
Once we better understand the details, we will provide you with an idea of how we can help you move forward with your case. At the same time, we can help you understand how these cases may go by discussing past cases that we have successfully represented similar to yours. We know that no two sexual assault cases are alike, and we take a unique approach to each client’s situation to provide them the type of support they need and expect, but knowing that we have represented similar cases in the past can be a comfort and give you a real-world idea of some of the process.
Contact our Tallahassee law firm as soon as possible to speak with a sexual assault lawyer, and read more below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sexual assault cases in Tallahassee.
No two sexual assault cases are alike, and even two cases under the same general practice area will have entirely different details that make the case unique. Regardless, the following are our general practice areas for sexual assault and sexual violence cases. Whether or not you see your situation listed below, contact our firm as soon as possible to speak with an attorney and get a better sense of how we can help you move forward towards civil justice.
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Sex Trafficking
- Child Pornography
- Sexual Harassment
Each of these practice areas covers a wide range of specifics, so scheduling an initial consultation immediately is the best way to get in-depth support about your legal options and to learn about how we can help you move forward.
Common Questions About Sexual Assault Claims and Lawsuits in Florida
The following are just a few of the many questions we answer during initial consultations and throughout our work on sexual assault or sexual violence cases. The answers provided on this page are only meant to give you a general sense of your situation, but the only way to get specific and comprehensive legal advice about your unique circumstances is to connect with an attorney directly.
Can My Attacker Be Sued If Their Charges Were Dropped or They Were Found “Not Guilty” in Criminal Court?
Civil cases are entirely separate from criminal cases and are handled in the civil courts of the Florida court system. Civil cases require a lower burden of proof to find fault and liability, meaning that whether or not a judge and jury have enough evidence to convict in criminal court, there is still an opportunity for a victim to find relief in a civil case.
Unfortunately, many people fail to take civil actions if they are unable to move forward with criminal charges against their attacker, believing that the two are linked. But the team at Fasig | Brooks will help you move forward with an aggressive personal injury case meant to recover compensatory damages for the measurable impacts you have suffered.
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Tallahassee Sexual Assault Case?
There is no way to look at an overview of a sexual assault personal injury case and give any sense of how long it may take to reach a resolution. Some defendants are willing to work directly and quickly in order to make a settlement agreement in which the courts are never involved, and the details of the case are not made public, but others may be unwilling to settle, and a lawsuit may be necessary.
Even if you and your personal injury lawyer file a lawsuit, this does not necessarily mean that you will go to trial. Roughly 50% of all personal injury lawsuits are settled before trial, as the lawsuit process provides ample opportunity for direct negotiation and reaching a resolution before leaving the final decision up to a judge or jury.
Some sexual assault cases may be resolved in a matter of weeks — or even days — while others may take years as they make their way through the court system.
How Much Money Am I Entitled to As a Victim of Sexual Assault in Tallahassee?
Much like trying to determine how long it will take to resolve a sexual assault case, there is no simple way to determine the amount of money that a victim is owed without your attorney doing an in-depth investigation of all of the relevant details. Personal injury damages are subdivided into economic and non-economic damages, which seek payments for two distinct types of damages.
Economic damages are those that have measurable financial values associated with them — impacts like medical bills, lost wages, and all other costs and losses related to your injuries.
Non-economic damages seek compensation for impacts that do not have set dollar values associated with them, such as the pain and suffering a victim endures during and after a sexual assault. These physical and emotional impacts are challenging to quantify but are no less important than an impact that comes with a receipt, invoice, bill, or income statement.
Working with a detail-oriented attorney who will explore every aspect of your case to gather as much information about your damages is one of the best ways to ensure that you are fighting for the total amount you are owed. Contact Fasig | Brooks now to get the legal support you deserve to move forward with your case today.