Washington, D.C. Sexual Assault Lawyer
The attorneys at CHASENBOSCOLO represent victims of sexual assault in their search for justice. Our Washington, D.C. sexual assault attorneys will be by your side to take legal action and help you navigate through a complex legal system. We will fight to hold those who assaulted you financially accountable for their actions and seek the maximum amount of compensation possible.
CHASENBOSCOLO is filled with compassionate attorneys who are empathetic about the fear, frustration, and painful reminders stemming from your sexual assault. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sexual assault in Washington D.C., do not hesitate to contact us right away at (301) 220-0050. We are eager to provide you with the legal assistance you need.
Do I Need a Sexual Assault Attorney?
After a sexual assault, legal proceedings can take place in both the criminal and civil court. In order to obtain financial compensation for your suffering, you will typically have to file a civil lawsuit. While a criminal legal proceeding will protect the community’s interest in punishing and attempting to rehabilitate the offender, only a civil suit will specifically compensate you as the victim. For this reason, it is critical that you hire a lawyer with experience in bringing sexual assault civil cases.
There is no specific type of lawsuit you must pursue after a sexual assault. Instead, an experienced lawyer will evaluate your case and choose which type of claims, or causes of action, to bring against the perpetrator. The type of case could involve claims of assault or battery or intentional infliction of emotional distress. A knowledgeable sexual assault attorney will be able to assist you in making the right types of claims in your particular situation.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO to Handle My Case?
You may be overwhelmed emotionally and mentally when it is time to find a lawyer to represent you in a sexual assault case. You want an attorney you can trust and who will keep your goals in mind every step of the way. CHASENBOSCOLO prides itself on always putting your interests first.
Firm founder Barry Chasen began CHASENBOSCOLO over 30 years ago with an idea of doing something law firms don’t usually do. To this day, he and the other attorneys at CHASENBOSCOLO strive to treat clients as if they are family. The firm treats each case as if it will go to trial in front of a judge and jury. With this level of preparation, we have an impressive history of recovering more for clients than would be possible at other law firms. In fact, to date, we have recovered more than $750 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
No matter your situation, we will fight for your rights. While we are pursuing your case, we ask for no fees up front. With our No Fee Guarantee, you do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you at the end of the case. While we utilize our skills in pursuing the best possible outcome for your case, you can attend to the other areas of your life demanding your attention.
Proving Damages in Sexual Assault Cases
In a civil lawsuit involving sexual assault, the amount of compensation available to you as a victim will depend on the particular facts of your situation. A highly skilled attorney will help you bring the claims that give you the best chance to recover. With whatever type of claim you bring, the amount you recover will be based on the physical and emotional harm you have suffered or continue to suffer as a result of the assault.
Unlike typical personal injury cases in which negligence must be proven to hold the responsible person liable, an intentional tort claim, such as battery or intentional infliction of emotional distress, requires proving that a person purposefully harmed someone else. In other words, intent must be proven.
In an assault or battery case, the actions that caused harm must have been taken intentionally or with substantial certainty that the contact with the victim would occur. The actions must have caused an injury serious enough to warrant receiving damages. In an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim, your attorney must prove that the person intentionally or recklessly engaged in extreme or outrageous behavior that caused emotional distress. Generally, this type of behavior must go beyond all grounds of decency and be completely intolerable to society. Juries frequently see instances of sexual assault as satisfying the “extreme or outrageous” behavior needed to prove intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Compensation in Sexual Assault Cases
Compensation in sexual assault cases is based on medical expenses for treatment that is necessary following the incident, as well as damages for psychological and physical pain and suffering. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible for all facets of the injury. A medical examination should be obtained, as well as mental health services, since victims of sexual assault can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you deserve compensation for all of the treatment you receive to assist you in dealing with the flashbacks and spiraling thoughts you may have. Additionally, since you have been harmed in a way that can never be truly rectified, your pain and suffering should entitle you to significant compensation. Juries tend to realize this and may award high damages in sexual assault cases. It is best to speak with an attorney from CHASENBOSCOLO during a free consultation to understand the potential value of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions in Sexual Assault Cases
Here are some commonly asked questions regarding sexual assault cases:
Who can be sued in a sexual assault lawsuit?
In some cases, you can pursue a lawsuit against a party besides the person who actually committed the assault. In addition to suing the perpetrator, you might also be able to sue a third party, such as the perpetrator’s employer. For instance, when an incident happens in a business, school, or institution, it is possible that the entity could be held liable. In this type of situation, the legal claim is called negligent supervision. This cause of action essentially requires showing, in the case of a business that employed the perpetrator, that the business should have more carefully selected or supervised the employee. To determine whether it makes sense to sue a third party in your situation, please speak with an attorney.
What if I do not remember all of the details of the assault?
It is not easy to report a sexual assault and to bring a lawsuit based on such an incident. You may feel embarrassed, particularly if you cannot remember all of the details of the assault. If you have pushed the incident down in your mind, you may not recall all of the details. This is a normal response to such a traumatic act.
The most important thing is to report a sexual assault as soon as possible. When you discuss what you remember with an attorney, they can provide you with the best recommendations regarding how to pursue your case. Although you may find it extremely difficult, you are brave for reporting your experience as a sexual assault victim, and the sooner you do, the sooner the perpetrator can be forced to face the consequences for their horrible actions.
What are the downsides to filing a civil sexual assault case?
It is not easy to come forward as a sexual assault victim. You will have to tell your story multiple times, and, in doing so, you may have to deal with feelings of guilt, embarrassment, and shame. You may feel very exposed by having to tell your story to people in court. You may also have to discuss the effects of the sexual assault on your life, such as addiction or psychological difficulties you have faced since being victimized.
Relating your story to others in court may make you relive the assault temporarily. This can be difficult to endure. However, with preparation and the assistance of knowledgeable attorneys, you may find that the process of pursuing the perpetrator in court makes it worthwhile. Successful lawsuits can afford victims closure and justice, in addition to significant financial compensation.
Contact Us Today
As a victim of sexual assault, you have dealt with incredible physical and emotional pain. At CHASENBOSCOLO, we are committed to aggressively and empathetically helping sexual assault victims obtain justice and move forward with their lives. Our goal is to help you achieve as much compensation as possible in the face of the terrible incident you have suffered.
While we recognize that money can only do so much to ease the pain, the process of filing a lawsuit and obtaining compensation can be therapeutic to those who have endured violent crimes. Our mission is to work as hard as possible to assist you in this process. Contact our Washington, D.C. team at (301) 220-0050 or on this website for a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and provide you with the best course of action to take.