What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

Sexual abuse is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences a person can have. If you are a survivor of such abuse who is ready to hold the person who harmed you accountable, you may be considering a sexual abuse lawsuit to seek compensation that can cover some of the costs associated with treating the abuse you were forced to endure.

Seeking damages in a sexual abuse lawsuit is much different than what happens in a criminal trial. A sexual abuse lawsuit is a civil suit where we will prove the various ways the abuser has impacted your life in an effort to recover compensation for each one of those damages. Read on to find out more about what types of losses your abuser should be compelled to compensate you for.

Medical Expenses

It is usually advisable for victims of sexual abuse or assault to get help working through the trauma they’ve suffered from a therapist who specializes in this type of recovery. Unfortunately, health insurance policies may not cover this type of specialized care, and you could need to pay out of pocket for the services. You shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of this care.

In addition to therapy, your abuser should cover any medical expenses you incurred immediately following the attack or over time due to repeated abuse. This could include hospital bills, copays, and prescription medications.

Emotional Distress

Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are nearly always emotionally affected by the trauma they’ve experienced. Many report feelings of isolation, self-blame, loathing, and self-harm.

It is very common for victims to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from the attacks they suffered. This mental anguish should be included in our calculation of the value of your lawsuit.

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

The emotional devastation abuse victims suffer often affects their ability to continue to find joy in activities that they once loved. This loss of interest in formerly enjoyable hobbies happens to many survivors of this type of abuse. For example, someone who used to regularly take dancing lessons may no longer do so due to depression.

The person who made the decision to harm you shouldn’t be allowed to take away the joys you have left in your life. We’ll fight hard to make sure the abuser pays for the damage he or she has done in your life.

Contact a Chicago Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Your Chicago sexual abuse lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC will have the experience and dedication you need to fight back against the abuser who harmed you. You can file a lawsuit against him or her to recover financial compensation for your damages. Schedule your no-obligation claim evaluation today by filling out the quick contact form below or giving us a call at 312-332-1400.

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