Sexual abuse is a heinous crime, and you deserve compensation for your suffering. If you’re struggling to file a claim on your own, reach out to a sexual abuse attorney in Waukegan for help.
If you’re a sexual abuse victim, overcoming the pain and mental anguish feels impossible. Your perpetrator might already be in prison for his or her crimes, but you’re left with the mental, physical, and emotional tolls.
Medical bills and therapy can be costly, and navigating the criminal and civil aspects of your claim can be confusing. That’s where a Waukegan sexual abuse lawyer from Lane & Lane, LLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Criminal Trials vs. Civil Lawsuits
Sex abuse cases can be complicated because your abuser might have already gone to trial and is serving out a prison sentence. But you didn’t receive compensation in the wake of this trial, so what can you do?
Unlike many personal injury lawsuits, sex abuse claims and other claims with a criminal element may go through both a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit. The criminal trial determines whether the person is guilty of criminal wrongdoing and the appropriate sentence for that crime. The civil lawsuit determines whether the person injured you and how much you’re owed for that injury.
Criminal trials require a higher degree of proof than civil cases. Your sexual abuse attorney may be able to use the outcome of a criminal trial to your advantage. If your abuser is convicted, you can use the criminal conviction to show that your abuser injured you. That can make it easier to get the compensation you deserve.
Compensation After Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can wreak havoc on your life, and you should be compensated for the pain that person has caused you. Unfortunately, calculating the full value of the damage inflicted might not be easy to do on your own.
Our sex abuse lawyers in Waukegan will have the tools to calculate not just your economic damages, but your non-economic damages, too. These damages include the intangible suffering that you’ve endured—not just the financial aspects of your injuries. These damages could include one or more of the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical bills
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
- Loss of income
Reach Out to a Waukegan Sexual Abuse Attorney
When someone abuses you sexually, your top priority is mental, physical, and emotional recovery. You’ll need medical care and therapy, the costs of which can add up quickly. Getting fair compensation can be confusing when you’re dealing with a civil lawsuit and the possibility of an existing criminal trial.
An attorney from Lane & Lane, LLC can help you navigate your civil lawsuit. We’ll start with a free case review to explain where your case is now and the specific steps we’ll take to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Ready to get started? Contact a Waukegan sexual abuse lawyer by calling 312-332-1400 or by filling out the online form below.