Any time that someone is forced to have sex with another person against their will, it is rape. Whether it occurs on a date, between people who know each other, or occurs between strangers, any time that a victim’s refusal to have sex is ignored, criminal charges may be filed and in many cases civil charges may be filed as well.
If you are the survivor of rape in Homestead or South Florida, you may have a legal claim even if your assailant is never caught. To find out more about all your legal options, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case evaluation. The phone lines at 866-352-9626 are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always discuss your situation in complete confidentiality.Why Pursue A Personal Injury Claim In A Rape Case?
After rape, many survivors face the emotional upheaval and fear that comes with this type of assault. The last thing on their mind may be pursuing a personal injury claim. If anything, most survivors are focused on finding the perpetrator and pressing criminal charges in order to get the perpetrator off the streets. However, there are many compelling reasons to speak to a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community in order to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim:
- Someone other than just the perpetrator may be liable for the injuries sustained in a rape
- Seeking compensation can help survivors make a difference and can help them heal more fully by giving them financial resources they need for counseling, medical bills and other costs
- Most rape results in significant damages, and seeking compensation can help survivors deal with these costs
- Even if the perpetrator is never caught, survivors can still seek justice by pursuing a civil claim
In addition to the perpetrator, there may be other liable parties in a rape case. For example, a property owner where the assault took place may be held liable if they did not provide adequate security for their property or if they knew that similar crimes were taking place in the area and failed to warn tenants or others using the property. If you've been assaulted on a private property or a commercial property, the property owner may have had an obligation to tell patrons, customers, and employees at the property premises about any attacks in the area or about any risks. If the attack takes place at the workplace, an employer may be held liable if they failed to provide a safe working environment.If You've Been The Victim Of An Assault, Time Is Ticking
In many cases, evidence in a sexual assault or rape case starts to go missing right away. If you think you may wish to file a legal claim, you may wish to start getting documentation right away, starting with any doctor report from any medical treatment you received. You also want to contact a personal injury attorney right away, in order to get the process of filing a claim started. A personal injury attorney can work with private investigators, expert witnesses, and other professionals to find all liable parties in your case and in order to aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. If you would like to speak to a personal injury attorney today, contact Flaxman Law Group for compassionate and professional legal advice and assistance.