Ensuring That Sexual Assault Victims Have A Voice
Sexual assault should never be explained away, tolerated or overlooked. At Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, we hold attackers accountable and help victims find justice. We fight to return power to the victim and ensure that their needs are met.
Our firm was founded over 40 years ago, and, in that time, we have secured more than half a billion dollars for our clients. We have the skill, experience and passion to help you during this difficult time.
Filing A Civil Claim After Suffering Assault
Sexual assault victims can file a civil claim in addition to any criminal charges brought against their attackers. Even if a defendant is found innocent in a criminal case, you can still file a civil claim against the perpetrator. The outcome of a civil case does not impact the criminal case and vice versa. With a civil claim, you may be able to pursue damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed work
- Psychological distress
- Damage to your relationships
- Punitive damages
To collect damages, you must prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant caused you physical, psychological or emotional damage.
Multiple Parties May Be Liable
In addition to the perpetrator, other parties may be held accountable after a sexual assault. Depending on the situation, a company, business, school, organization, or charity may be liable for damages if its negligence contributed to the assault. For example, inadequate security at a bar or an organization’s lack of oversight may have fostered an environment that indirectly allowed the assault to happen.
Statute Of Limitations
Each state sets a deadline, known as a statute of limitations, within which a victim must file a civil claim. Unfortunately, victims may lose their right to seek damages once this set time period expires.
We recommend filing your claim as soon as possible to avoid any issues with meeting deadlines. Our team can help you understand the statute of limitations for your case given your situation and location.
Contact Us About Your Case
We are committed to helping victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Learn more about your rights and how we can help.
Call our Los Angeles office at 323-302-4774 or our New York office at 212-202-2966. You can also contact us online to make a free appointment with one of our attorneys. With offices in California and New York, we represent clients across the United States.