New Jersey Sexual Abuse Attorney
No person should suffer sexual abuse, but, as we see from the #MeToo movement, it’s unfortunately common. It can happen in homes, workplaces, and even schools. The lawyers of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, are aggressive in pursuing claims for sexual abuse victims. Every New Jersey sexual abuse attorney at our firm treats all clients with respect and consideration while providing the expertise to get them fair compensation – even if a criminal case doesn’t result in a conviction. If you are one of many people who has experienced sexual abuse, the attorneys of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Sexual Abuse Laws in New Jersey
Though sexual abuse is a crime, the criminal system that prosecutes predators is separate from civil law, whereby victims can seek financial restitution from their abusers. In fact, you may seek compensation for sexual abuse even if prosecutors don’t file criminal charges against the perpetrator or a jury finds him or her not guilty. Though the crime is the same, the standards of the courts differ.
In criminal cases, the judge or jury must find the perpetrator guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil trials, the burden of proof is lower, and you must only prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. The civil case is based on one or more intentional acts that caused you harm. This may be assault and battery, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, false imprisonment, or even negligence on the part of bystanders or witnesses who did nothing to help you.
If your workplace knew of the harassment and did not take reasonable steps to prevent the harassment from happening, they may also be financially responsible for the abuse that took place. In cases where a person was able to bypass lax security at an apartment, office, or other location where the property owners had a duty to ensure the safety of the people who use the premises, the property owners may be liable for negligent security. To learn more about sexual abuse laws in the Garden State, reach out to a New Jersey personal injury attorney experienced in sexual abuse claims.
Compensation for Sexual Abuse Victims in New Jersey
Sexual abuse can have lifelong consequences, although financial compensation can’t restore the loss that happens in the aftermath of abuse, it can help you deal with those consequences. Coming forward may be difficult, but a victim’s bravery can sometimes do more than to the cause of justice than a criminal case.
Compensation also allows victims to receive financial reimbursement for medical expenses related to the abuse, including doctor bills, prescription medications, hospital expenses, even treatment by counselors or other mental health specialists. Depending on the situation, even time away from work to either manage the effects of abuse or escape may be part of a compensation award.
You may also seek compensation for the mental and emotional pain you experience resulting from your abuse. Your New Jersey sexual abuse attorney will negotiate the amount during the settlement process, or the court may determine an appropriate amount if the case goes to trial.
Deadline to File a Sexual Abuse Claim in New Jersey
Many people are afraid to come forward after experiencing sexual abuse because it often occurs at the hand of the powerful. Though it may take victims time to handle the emotional impact of the abuse, they should speak to a lawyer as soon as they can. New Jersey, like most states, sets a deadline for personal injury cases for two years from the date of the incident. If the abuse was ongoing, it may affect the timeline. Discuss the specifics of your case with a sexual abuse attorney in New Jersey.
Trust a Caring New Jersey Sexual Abuse Lawyer at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP
You can trust the attorneys of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, to treat your case with the care and compassion. Call us at (833) 726-6326 today for a free consultation. Our attorneys will listen to your story and help you get the compensation you deserve.