Sexual abuse is a serious crime that should not go without consequences. While you may be aware of your rights in the criminal justice system, you might not realize you could also have the right to a civil justice claim against the perpetrator. Filing a civil claim can hold the abuser accountable, help you achieve justice, and give you financial compensation for your damages. The Waukegan sex abuse lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help with your claim. Call (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation today.
Why Choose Us?
- Our dedication to personal injury law gives you an edge in and out of the courtroom. Personal injury law is all we do.
- Our office has acquired more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for past clients – including many successful sex abuse cases.
- Our attorneys do not charge anything for their time or services unless they secure you a monetary award. We operate on a contingency fee basis.
What is Sex Abuse?
The legal definition of sexual abuse in Illinois is forcing, persuading, or intimidating someone else to perform sexual acts. Sexual acts can include contact of sexual organs, penetration, or non-physical sex abuse, such as taking sexual photographs of children. Many different things can constitute sex abuse. Committing the crime of sexual abuse under Illinois law can result in a felony conviction and years in prison.
Why File a Sex Abuse Claim in Waukegan?
A criminal sex abuse case can hold the offender accountable for his or her misconduct. It can result in a criminal conviction and penalties, such as a prison sentence, hefty fines, probation, and entry onto the national sex offender database. Another common outcome of a criminal sex abuse case is restitution for the victim. A judge may order a defendant to pay restitution to the plaintiff for economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, therapy costs, and legal fees. Restitution, however, will not pay for noneconomic damages.
Filing a civil sex abuse case against the perpetrator is the only way to recover compensation for all related losses – economic and noneconomic. A successful sex abuse lawsuit could result in financial awards for past and future pain and suffering, lost quality of life, mental anguish, emotional distress, and psychological trauma, on top of economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages. A judge may also award additional punitive damages to punish the defendant during a civil sex abuse case.
Current Sex Abuse Lawsuits and Settlements in Waukegan
During a non sex-abuse personal injury claim in Illinois, you would have two years from the date of the injury to file. A few years ago, however, the state of Illinois lifted the statute of limitations on cases involving sexual abuse and child sex abuse. Even if more than two years have passed from the date of abuse, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Speak to an attorney about your claim as soon as possible.
Your family is not the only one that has suffered sex abuse in Waukegan. In 2018, five former students filed lawsuits against the Lake County School District for allegedly failing to prevent sexual abuse from a teacher, Charles Ritz. Ritz pleaded guilty to misdemeanor indecency in 2017. The five students then brought a civil claim against the district for negligence the following year.
In 2016, parents filed a civil child sex abuse lawsuit against a home daycare center in Waukegan. The suit alleged that the spouse of the woman who owned the daycare, Mr. Jose Hernandez-Tovar, repeatedly sexually abused two young girls (ages 14 and 9). The civil suit is against the owner, Mrs. Maria E. Hernandez, for negligently failing to provide adequate supervision and allowing her husband to be alone with the girls. Unfortunately, these are just two examples of many sex abuse cases in Waukegan. Help keep your children safe using the Lake County sex offender list. You are not alone in your fight.
Sex Abuse Help Resources Near You
If you or someone you know has suffered sexual abuse, get professional counseling and assistance by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline anytime, day or night, at 800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also call the hotline for child sex abuse specifically at 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453). These hotlines are free and confidential to call. You can speak with abuse educators, counselors, and other professionals who can help you take the first steps forward. Then, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to discuss your legal future.
Once you come forward about alleged sexual abuse, assault, or rape, county or state prosecutors will investigate and may file criminal charges against the assailant. It will be up to you, however, to file civil charges. Filing a civil claim against the sex abuser is simple when you work with a lawyer in Waukegan. A sex abuse attorney can handle the steps of the process on your behalf, including filling out paperwork, gathering evidence, and filing your claim with the correct county courts.
Contact Us Today
Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation about your Waukegan sex abuse case. Consultations are 100% confidential.