Sexual abuse cases can be very complex in terms of emotions and legality. Our compassionate, empathetic sexual abuse lawyers fight to help survivors of sexual abuse obtain justice after their horrific trauma. Survivors of sexual abuse deserve to have their voices heard, and we are dedicated to amplifying their voices and obtaining justice and financial compensation for them.
Our sexual assault lawyers offer free, confidential consultations for victims of sexual abuse. We handle many types of sexual abuse cases, including:
- AYSO Soccer Sexual Abuse
- Boy Scout Sexual Abuse/Molestation
- Camp Joseph Scott Sexual Abuse
- Caregiver Sexual Abuse
- Catholic Church Sexual Abuse
- Catholic Diocese Of Fresno Sexual Abuse
- Catholic Diocese Of San Bernardino Sexual Abuse
- Catholic Diocese Of Sacramento Sexual Abuse
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Clergy Sexual Abuse
- Gymnastics Sexual Abuse
- Human Sex Trafficking
- In-Flight Sexual Assaults
- MacLaren Hall Lawsuits
- Mormon Church Sexual Abuse
- Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
- Ohio State Lawsuit
- Private School Sexual Abuse
- Public School Sexual Abuse
- Rideshare Sexual Assault
- Sexual Abuse In Sports Teams
- Sexual Hazing
- Univ of Michigan – Dr. Robert Anderson
- Workplace Sexual Abuse
Call us now for a free, confidential consultation if you or a loved one was sexually assaulted. You may be eligible for a financial recovery. You can also complete the contact form on this page or text us from this page.
Our Services Are Free Unless We Obtain Compensation For You
We will not charge you a fee unless we obtain financial compensation for you, in which case we will charge a percentage of your recovery as our fee. This fee will not be charged until we obtain a recovery for you. There is no up-front cost for our services and you will never owe us any money out of your own pocket.
Compensation For Sexual Abuse
At Nadrich & Cohen, our sexual abuse attorneys know that survivors of abuse have a lot of reasons for calling us, and obtaining money is often not their top priority. For example, those who pursue child sexual abuse cases can become sources of critical change in their communities. If you have been sexually abused, you can become a force behind changing your community by filing a civil lawsuit, and this change might end up saving others from also being abused. If sexual abuse occurred, holding someone responsible for it might give you closure, empowerment and justice that you deserve.
However, abuse survivors can also benefit from winning sex abuse civil lawsuits by obtaining financial compensation for damages they suffered, including:
- Psychological and emotional harm: Sexual abuse may lead to significant psychological, mental and emotional damage to survivors, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. If you suffered these intangible damages due to sexual abuse, you could be awarded financial compensation for your suffering.
- Nominal damages: If someone threatened to sexually abuse you but never actually harmed or assaulted you, you might qualify for nominal damages intended to compensate for apprehension or fear of assault.
- Financial harm: If the sexual abuse you have suffered led to financial losses later in your life, such as lost wages due to needing to take days off from work for mental health, you may recover financial compensation for these losses by taking legal action.
- Therapy and medical expenses: Sexual assault often affects survivors for the rest of their life, and survivors might need long-term medical care or therapy to deal with long-term trauma. These damages are compensable in California.
- Punitive damages: Civil claims in California sometimes end with punitive damages being awarded in cases of malicious intent, extreme recklessness or gross negligence. You may be eligible to recover compensation in the form of punitive damages if you call our law firm and let us help you pursue a sexual abuse case.
The specific things you might qualify for compensation for, and the value assigned to these things by a jury or judge, will ultimately depend on the individual circumstances of your case. A sexual abuse lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can thoroughly evaluate your case during a free consultation in order to assist you in calculating the value of your case. Afterwards, we can assist you by filing a claim against any responsible parties in order to pursue fair compensation for you. Our sexual abuse lawyers do anything and everything it takes in order to maximize the financial compensation our clients receive, including trying cases in court when necessary. We can assist you in maintaining privacy throughout the entire legal process, including during any trial.
Examples Of Sexual Abuse
There are many forms of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can consist of numerous offenses which involve sexual activities that occur without one of the involved parties’ consent. Examples of sexual abuse include:
- Sexual battery and assault: Sexual battery and sexual assault are touching of someone’s intimate areas, without consent, and with a sexual intent. These sexual acts include when abusers force others to touch themselves or the abuser’s intimate areas, without consent, and with a sexual intent. Other examples of actions of a sexual nature which constitute sexual battery and assault include unwanted rubbing, groping and kissing.
- Rape: Rape is sexual intercourse without consent. Rape often involves penetration. Rape can be committed through violence, through threats of violence, and whenever victims aren’t able to consent to intercourse. For example, those under the influence of alcohol or drugs aren’t able to give consent to intercourse.
- Statutory rape: California’s age of consent is 18, so it is statutory rape to perform sexual acts with anyone under 18 in the state, as minors can’t consent to sexual acts under California law.
- Child molestation: Child molestation consists of lewd childhood sexual abuse acts involving children under 14 years old. Child sexual abuse victims may be survivors of child prostitution, child pornography or sexual contact.
- Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual comments or advances. If someone solicits sexual activity by coercing someone, this, too, can be sexual harassment.
Many sex crime victims aren’t aware of or are unsure regarding the legal options which they have. Our caring attorneys can talk about your case with you as well as assist you in figuring out your best path of action, listening to you without judging you through the whole legal process.
California Sexual Abuse Law
Sexual abuse cases typically involve sexual battery. The assailant is not always the only defendant in sexual conduct cases. Common defendants in sexual abuse cases include organizations whose negligent behavior allowed the battery to occur. An example of negligent behavior would be a Catholic diocese learning of sexual abuse accusations against a priest, covering up the accusations and moving the priest to another geographical area, where the priest later sexually abuses a child, without warning anyone about the accusations.
Common causes of action in sexual abuse lawsuits include negligent hiring, supervision or retention of employees, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional infliction of emotional distress, endangerment and child abuse.
California recently extended the statute of limitations regarding recovering sexual abuse damages in sexual abuse lawsuits. Assembly Bill 218 now gives sexual abuse victims until age 40, or until five years from the date they discover or reasonably should discover their psychological injury or illness was caused by sexual abuse or assault, whichever comes later, to file a sexual abuse lawsuit. The bill also allows for the recovery of up to treble damages against certain defendants, and, in some circumstances, allows for the revival of time-lapsed claims.
How Do We Collect Evidence In Sexual Abuse Cases?
Our lawyers will obtain all of the evidence we can from health professionals and authorities. We will also accept all evidence you might have collected. Evidence may include:
- Medical reports
- Testimony in court, from witnesses, you or even the perpetrator
- Police reports
- Items from the abuse scene
- Criminal history
- 911 call
Our attorneys will talk about your case with you and make a decision on what evidence we have to collect and any evidence you might already posses. If you sought medical care after your abuse, your healthcare provider probably stored and tracked any evidence acquired during your examination. Subpoenas are often needed to recover reports from doctors, police and hospitals, and our attorneys are experienced in filing any documents necessary to recover evidence.
There are a lot of rules regarding evidence in California, and our lawyers have decades of experience in handling evidence. It is often overwhelming for victims to collect evidence and it is often difficult for victims to determine what evidence is needed.
Sexual Abuse’s Lasting Effects
Sexual abuse is a traumatic and painful experience which can leave survivors with life-changing, long-term psychological and/or physical damage. The resulting disabilities and illnesses might lead to decades of therapy and treatment, and it’s common that treatment isn’t available which can provide survivors with the peace and health they need to live life normally.
Sexual abuse survivors commonly suffer from impairments and mental illnesses of varying severity. These conditions include:
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Personality disorders
- Somatic disorders
- Intimacy and relationship issues
Abuse survivors commonly suffer physical symptoms, too, whether they are caused directly by abuse or develop later on. Studies have demonstrated that abuse survivors face an increased risk of suffering from general ill health. Many sexual abuse survivors suffer from issues relating to:
- Cardiopulmonary symptoms
- Reproductive or gynecologic health
- Gastrointestinal health
Abuse survivors commonly spend their whole life treating these illnesses and conditions, with great expenses being dealt to them as well as their families. We believe that sexual abusers and those who enable them should be held responsible for expenses like these, and we fight to obtain compensation for abuse survivors.
What Should I Do If I Was Sexually Abused?
The steps you should take after experiencing sexual abuse such as unwanted sexual contact depends upon the circumstances of your abuse. Regardless of what happened, though, preserving your well-being and safety should be your top priority. If you were the victim of a sexual abuser, you could be in shock, and you might be outraged if you were the victim of sexual harassment. Many victims of sexual assaults end up feeling overwhelmed, as well.
If you’ve been the victim of a criminal act, you should call the police so your abuser can face criminal prosecution. Calling the police is important because when the police are called, they can help preserve evidence when things like rape occur. If you’ve suffered sexual harassment, you may report your harasser. Employers in California aren’t allowed to retaliate for this, but retaliation does occur. This is why you should call our experienced sexual abuse attorneys immediately.
If you ended up being physically assaulted, you should seek medical attention. If you were raped, you may wish to visit a healthcare provider and complete a rape kit before contacting police.
It’s important that you take the time to mentally process any trauma. Talk to those you trust and seek help from professionals. Seek the help of someone trained in dealing with sexual trauma if you can. You should have a safe space to learn how to process any trauma in so you can reduce any negative impact on your mental health.
Consider your legal options in the case you haven’t yet contacted a lawyer. Many survivors know they wish to take legal action, especially regarding a criminal case when it applies. However, it isn’t clear what to do for some abuse survivors. Abuse or harassment may involve someone familiar to you. Speaking with one of our lawyers may assist in providing you with clarity and giving you a sense of empowerment.
California Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Our lawyers have been handling sexual abuse cases since 1990. We are the battle-hardened, seasoned sexual abuse law experts. We offer free, confidential consultations with a man or a woman if you have a preference, and our representation won’t cost you a penny unless we obtain a recovery for you.
The American legal system can sometimes seem like it’s more interested in punishing sexual abusers than it is supporting sexual assault victims. Survivors of sexual violence need advocates like Nadrich & Cohen to work in their best interests. Call a sexual abuse attorney at Nadrich & Cohen now if you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault. You might be eligible for a financial recovery.