In the wake of sexual abuse, many victims experience immense loss, from physical injuries to psychological damage, as a result of their trauma. You do not have to resign yourself to your circumstances, though. You have the right to sue the liable party or parties who harmed you in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you are the victim of sexual abuse, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the abuse and its physical and emotional ramifications, but you are not alone.
Our team of Sudbury sexual abuse injury lawyers wants to help you find justice and hold the defendant or defendants responsible for the damages they have caused you. To find out if you are eligible and qualify to recover compensation after sexual abuse, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE. Have us get to work on your case right away.
Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse occurs when the abuser forces another person against their will to gratify the abuser sexually. This abuse can come in multiple behaviors, from violent sexual intercourse to forcing a child to look at pornography. Sadly, 87% of sexual abuse/assault victims were females, and the median age of victims was 18, according to the Statistics Canada website.
Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse of a Teen
There are a number of warning signs a teen shows of sexual abuse. Some of them include:
- Signs of depression
- Anxiety and worry
- Grades that are falling unexpectedly
- Less care for personal hygiene and appearance
- Unusual weight loss or gain
- Signs of physical abuse
- Drinking or drug use
- Self-harming behavior
- Unhealthy eating patterns
- Suicidal behavior and thoughts
- Sexually transmitted infections
Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse of a Child
There are many signs that a child has been sexually abused, including:
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Bedwetting or soiling the bed after the child has outgrown these types of behaviors
- Being afraid of or not wanting to be alone with certain people
- Does not want to remove clothing to bathe or change
- Fear of being alone at night
- Unusual worry or fearfulness
- Unusual knowledge of or excessive talk about sexual topics
- Resuming behaviors after having outgrown them, such as sucking a thumb
Injuries That Occur From Sexual Abuse
Children who have been victimized by sexual abuse face immediate psychological consequences and usually suffer from chronic effects that may impact their development. Some of the immediate consequences include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
Many abused children suffer from PTSD, psychological distress, and display inappropriate sexual behavior. The trauma often carries over into adulthood, impacting their marriages as well as parenthood.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries as a result of sexual abuse, you have the right to hold the at-fault party or parties responsible for your injuries. To find out what options you may have and if you are eligible and qualify for recovering compensation for your losses, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE.
Recoverable Damages in a Sexual Abuse Case You May Qualify to Receive
There are several types of damages that you may be able to recover if you qualify as a result of filing a sexual abuse claim. While we may not be able to estimate your damages without examining your case, some types of damages that victims qualify to recover after sexual abuse may include but are not limited to:
- Medical costs, including the cost of psychological treatments
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- And more if you qualify
While these types of damages are very rare in Ontario, the courts sometimes award damages in cases where the defendant’s behavior was especially egregious. These are not meant to reward the victim so much as to punish the defendant and discourage anyone else from behaving in such a manner.
How a Sexual Abuse Injury Lawyer Serving Sudbury May Be Able to Help
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, you are not alone. Our team is here to help. You have the right to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries, and if you qualify, recover compensation from them.
Once we get involved, we may be able to investigate the details of your case and gather evidence, like police reports and medical reports that show the extent of your physical and psychological injuries and pain and suffering. We also gather medical bills, receipts, and other documents that show the financial losses you have sustained as a result of the abuse. Together, your medical records and financial losses may be able to help us calculate the total value of your case, determining what a fair settlement would look like for your claim.
We handle all details of your case from start to finish, including filing your claim and negotiating with the defendant’s lawyer to pursue compensation for your losses you may be eligible to receive. If we do not reach an agreeable settlement, we may be eligible to pursue compensation at trial.
While we understand that it is never a pleasant experience to put yourself or your child through a trial, it is often a necessary step for providing the court with the details related to your abuse. We often call other experts to testify to your emotional and physical state as a result of the trauma you suffered.
Our sexual abuse injury lawyers in Sudbury are here to fight for your right to justice after sexual abuse and to hold the at-fault party responsible. If you are ready for us to get to work on your case right away or would like to schedule your free initial consultation, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE.