Sexual assault or molestation is one of the most painful and difficult experiences a person may endure. It can have a long-lasting impact on a survivor’s mental and physical health, therefore victims can and should sue their abusers to the extent allowed by law. Whether the abuse occurs just once or multiple times, you have the right to seek justice, and that’s what makes a sexual abuse attorney so important.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we can help you hold perpetrators accountable for their horrid actions in court. No amount of money can replace what is stolen from a sexual abuse survivor, but survivors may need medical treatment and therapy, which can be surprisingly expensive. We have substantial experience representing sexual abuse victims, and we’re ready to stand up for you.
Call (503) 543-1114 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Forms of Sexual Abuse & Assault
Sexual abuse or assault includes rape and attempted rape, but it can also be as “simple” as inappropriate touching or kissing, as well as other forced sexual behaviors. Situations in which sexual abuse or assault can occur include elderly patients in nursing homes who are abused by staff members, schools employees who prey on children and churches whose clergy commit abuse.
In those situations, nursing homes, schools, and churches can be held legally responsible for the abuse, particularly when previous abuse has occurred. The organization may have failed to conduct background checks or maintain safe conditions, which resulted in sexual abuse. Sadly, there are cases where organizations recognize the abuse but fail to take any steps to correct the misconduct.
Challenges for Sexual Abuse Victims
All cases have time limits within which one must file a lawsuit, known as statutes of limitations. Sexual abuse can be such a traumatic event that many victims repress the memory of injury, making it difficult to file a lawsuit on time. In Oregon, there is what’s known as “delayed discovery,” which allows a victim to pursue litigation within 3 years of the date that their memories of the abuse are discovered. An attorney with experience working within these time limits can give you the best chance for success.
Insurance can also be an issue in a sexual abuse case. While an attorney may be able to obtain insurance funds from the organization, many insurance policies eliminate or limit the amount of insurance coverage for this type of claim. An attorney with experience dealing with insurance policies can help you recover the compensation you need.
Contact Us to Find Out More
We are committed to obtaining justice for sexual abuse survivors, regardless of their age, background, or the circumstances of their abuse. Our legal team can fight relentlessly to secure the compensation and closure you deserve. If you or a family member has been victimized, please contact our Oregon personal injury attorneys at The Gatti Law Firm.
Call (503) 543-1114 today.