If your innocent child has been the target of sexual abuse, it can be an utterly devastating experience. It may have been a serial sexual predator, a babysitter or other caregiver, or even a trusted family member. No matter who the perpetrator was, your child or teen has suffered a traumatic, possibly life-changing event. Criminal charges are only part of the action that may be taken in a case of sexual child abuse. The families of some victims also contact a sexual child abuse attorney specializing in civil lawsuits. Over the years, our Daytona Beach-area firm has handled dozens of cases of this nature, helping families find the financial compensation that can play a part in recovery and rebuilding. A caring, knowledgeable personal injury attorney is available to review your case and answer questions so you are informed about your options. Chanfrau & Chanfrau offers a confidential consultation at no cost to you. If your child has been harmed by sexual molestation or abuse, contact our office today.
Sexual Abuse Damages
A child who has been a victim of sexual abuse can suffer both physical and emotional damage. Most physical effects will heal before long, but feelings of fear, helplessness, guilt, and betrayal can linger for years - sometimes even a lifetime. It is important for a child abuse victim to have access to professional counseling and therapy to help him or her progress and eventually heal. Damages in a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse may include compensation for medical bills, ongoing counseling, and other expenses related to the crime. Sometimes punitive damages to compensate for the child and family's pain and suffering are also awarded.
Most liability insurance policies classify sexual abuse as an "intentional act," which is excluded from claims against the perpetrator. Nevertheless, we have been able to achieve a variety of successful recoveries in this area. In fact, some of the cases that we have handled included claims that law enforcement declined to prosecute, citing inadequate evidence. Because civil remedies allow a broader scope of discovery and access, we can sometimes establish a successful claim on a minor's behalf regardless of the abuser's criminal status.
Why Choose Chanfrau & Chanfrau?
Our attorneys have been representing victims of personal injuries of all types for over 30 years. We have the resources necessary to uncover facts and evidence to determine and establish liability, and we are aggressive advocates for innocent victims. Some of our attorneys have children, and when a case involves a child injury, we are particularly determined to right the wrong. If your child has been harmed due to the grievous wrongdoing of another party, we will vigorously pursue justice for your family.
No amount of financial compensation can undue the trauma your child has experienced, but money can help pay for treatment that can get your family on the road to healing. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, so we will earn our fees by securing a settlement or, if needed, a jury verdict in a civil trial.