The sexual abuse of a child is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. But a Chicago child sex abuse lawyer can hold perpetrators accountable in civil court.
The sexual abuse of a child is easily the most disturbing crime imaginable. Because it is a crime, it can be punished under criminal statutes, but the victim and his or her family still have suffered severe trauma.
These physical and mental struggles can go on for years. But sex abuse victims have the right to press civil suits, whether or not the perpetrator was found guilty in criminal court. A Chicago child sexual abuse lawyer has the training necessary to speak with the victim compassionately and go on to hold abusers accountable.
Our team at Lane & Lane, LLC has the resources and experience necessary to recover monetary compensation for your suffering or that of your child. This can help pay for therapy, medications, and more to support your family while you heal.
Common Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse in Chicago
To file a Chicago child sexual abuse claim, we have to provide evidence against the person or people who committed the crime. We’ll have investigators dig into the criminal histories of the perpetrators, gather medical records, and interview any possible witnesses.
Sadly, most victims know their abusers. Common perpetrators include the following:
- Family friends and acquaintances
- Family members, including parents, grandparents, siblings, and aunts and uncles
- Trusted people with perceived knowledge and power, such as religious clergy, school teachers, doctors, dentists, sports trainers, and other coaches
Getting Financial Justice
Although there is no way to undo what happened, the victim’s traumatic experiences deserve compensation that can cover many economic and non-economic damages. Your Chicago child sex abuse attorney will do everything possible to maximize your compensation and make sure justice is served.
We’ve seen many powerful and famous people get accused of heinous sexual crimes. They often think they can get away with it or deserve to do what they want because of their fame and power. We won’t let their influence affect the court's decisions, and we’ll give them more legal trouble than they can handle.
A big part of holding an abuser financially accountable in Chicago is demanding compensation for the damages he or she caused. Damages may include the following:
- Immediate and future medical costs related to the sexual abuse of the child
- Psychological and emotional therapy expenses
- Emotional trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder, fear of being outside and around people, fear of being anywhere that reminds them of the assault, nightmares and night terrors, and emotional outbursts
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages for the terrible nature of the crime and damages inflicted
Work with a Chicago Child Sexual Abuse Attorney
No matter who the perpetrator is or how many were involved, they need to be held accountable for your family’s suffering. Criminal courts may find them guilty or they might get away, which can seriously increase the trauma to the child, but you have the right to press a civil suit against the abuser.
To do so successfully, you may need an experienced lawyer who can help you hold them financially responsible and protect others from suffering the same abuses. Lane & Lane, LLC will treat your family with compassion and tirelessly fight for justice.
For a free, no-pressure consultation with a Chicago child sexual abuse lawyer, call us at 312-332-1400 or fill out the online contact form below.