Sexual assault is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. It can ruin someone’s life and interpersonal relationships, cause them to withdraw from society, and leave permanent physical and emotional scars.
In addition to criminal charges, victims of sexual assault can (and often do) press civil charges against the perpetrator, and due to the grievous/glaring nature of sexual assaults, juries will often award very high damages. Unfortunately, if the defendant isn’t particularly wealthy it may be difficult, if not impossible, to collect on those damages.
What many people don’t realize, however, is that when a sexual assault occurs in any kind of institution (e.g., schools, daycares, hospitals, churches, etc.), that institution can be held responsible based on a claim of negligent supervision, training, a failure to provide adequate security or medical/nursing error.
Proving a Case in Civil Court
There is a reduced burden of proof in civil cases. While many people know that a defendant in a criminal case must be found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” not everyone realizes that to find a person liable in a civil action, the plaintiff only has to prove their case “by a preponderance of the evidence.”
While that may seem like a bunch of legalese, it has profound implications for civil cases. What it basically means is that the judge or jury has heard the evidence and finds it more likely than not that an offense occurred. In fact, even if the defendant has been acquitted of criminal charges because the case did not meet the burden of proof, they can still be found liable in a civil case.
At GreeningLaw P.C., we know that victims of sexual assault face daunting physical and emotional challenges, and we are here to help. Our experienced, compassionate team of attorneys care about every party we represent, and we will treat your case with the same respect, tenacity and attention to detail we would afford our own families.
GreeningLaw P.C. works on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay for anything unless you receive compensation for your case. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, harassment or other misconduct, please contact us for a free consultation. We will review the elements of your case, discuss the possible compensation you may receive, and suggest the best course of action.
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