Timeline of a Sex Abuse Civil Suit

If you’ve decided to bring a civil lawsuit against your abuser or those who facilitated the sexual abuse you suffered, you probably have many questions about what to expect. Below, we have outlined the timeline of events for a typical sexual abuse civil lawsuit so you can better prepare yourself for what’s to come.

Before Filing Your Claim

Before filing your claim, your attorney will work with you to obtain evidence that will support your case. We need to prove based on a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant sexually abused and harmed you.

We can do this by gathering witness statements, medical documentation, photographs of your injuries, and any other relevant evidence.

We will also want to determine the extent of your injuries and how impactful the abuse has been and will be on your life. That way, we have an idea of the value of your claim and won’t settle for less than you deserve.

Presentation of Evidence

If the case goes to court, meaning the abuser’s attorneys didn’t offer a reasonable settlement beforehand, we will begin by making opening statements and presenting the evidence that we have gathered. Witnesses will take the stand, we will provide medical documentation of your injuries, and you may have the opportunity to give testimony about what happened to you.

Defense Rebuttals

The defense will also have the opportunity to bring forward witnesses, put your abuser on the stand to give his or her version of events, and essentially attempt to rebut the statements we’ve made about the sexual abuse you suffered.

The Verdict

When both sides have had the opportunity to present evidence, question witnesses, and tell their side of the story, the judge or jury will determine whose side has presented more compelling evidence. The court will return a verdict that will determine the amount of compensation you’ll be awarded.

A Chicago Sex Abuse Lawyer Can Walk You Through the Process

When you are considering a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse and have questions about the timeline you’ll be dealing with, reach out to an experienced Chicago sexual abuse lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. We will advocate for your rights and guide you every step of the way.

You can schedule a free consultation with us by calling our office at 312-332-1400 or by filling out the quick contact form at the bottom of this page.

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