Kansas City Sexual Assault Injury Lawyers
Helping Survivors Seek Justice
Sexual abuse and assault cause immense trauma to survivors and their loved ones. At Potts Law Firm, we believe that perpetrators should be held accountable for the life-altering harm they cause, and we believe that survivors deserve justice. While a criminal case against a sexual offender can result in criminal penalties and a sense of closure, only a civil sexual assault injury claim can begin to compensate survivors for the specific damages they have suffered.
Filing a civil lawsuit against a sexual offender or another liable party, such as a school or religious institution, can be extremely challenging. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases, which is why we provide the highest level of client confidentiality and compassion. We are empathetic to what you are going through, and our team is here to guide you and support you throughout the legal process.
To speak to one of our Kansas City sexual assault injury lawyers at no cost, please call (816) 312-5125 or contact us online. Hablamos español.
Filing a Sexual Assault Injury Claim
Sexual assault is a crime, and those convicted of sexual assault face certain criminal penalties, including prison time and fines. While this helps punish offenders and, in some cases, keep them from harming others, it does little to help the survivors of these assaults.
Sexual assault—including rape, attempted rape, forced sexual acts, and any other nonconsensual sexual activity—often causes serious physical and psychological harm to victims. Survivors may require medical attention, as well as mental health care. They may struggle to return to normal daily activities and could face significant financial losses as a result. The purpose of a sexual assault injury claim is to help compensate survivors for these and other damages.
While nothing can ever negate the trauma of sexual assault, a successful civil lawsuit against the liable party can allow you the monetary resources and sense of justice you need to heal.
Who Is Legally Liable for Sexual Abuse or Assault?
Many civil sexual assault cases are brought against offenders. However, other third parties may be partially or entirely responsible for these crimes. If another person, party, or institution was negligent, and this negligence contributed to the sexual assault, that person, party, or institution could be held legally liable for the victim’s damages.
Some examples of potentially liable parties in sexual assault injury claims include:
- After school programs
- Youth sports administrators
- Churches and other religious institutions
- Private property owners
Proving third-party liability in a sexual assault injury claim is often difficult without the help of an experienced legal team. At Potts Law Firm, we not only have the resources required to effectively pursue these cases, but we are also dedicated to our clients and to securing the justice they deserve.
Damages in Sexual Assault Injury Cases
Sexual assault often leads to devastating physical, psychological, and financial harm. No one should have to suffer these damages on their own. By filing a sexual assault injury claim, you can seek financial restitution for the economic and noneconomic losses you have endured.
Depending on the specific details of your case, you could be entitled to compensation for your related:
- Medical expenses
- Future care costs
- Psychological distress
- Pain and suffering
- Financial loss
In some cases, plaintiffs may also be entitled to punitive damages. In contrast to compensatory damages, like those listed above, punitive damages are not meant to compensate plaintiffs for specific economic and noneconomic damages. Instead, they serve to punish the defendant and provide additional relief to the affected parties.
Who Can File a Sexual Assault Injury Claim?
Anyone who has been injured or otherwise harmed due to sexual assault or abuse may file a civil sexual assault injury claim. However, in Missouri, there are several important filing deadlines you should know about when it comes to these types of lawsuits.
For adult survivors of sexual assault, the statute of limitations on sexual assault injury lawsuits is five years from the date of the incident. However, this deadline is extended for minors who experience injury due to sexual assault and abuse. When the victim is under the age of 18, the statute of limitations may be extended to 10 years after the victim’s 18th birthday (or, until their 28th birthday). But in some cases, the victim may have just three years from the date on which the physical or psychological injury related to the assault or abuse is discovered to file a lawsuit.
Contact Our Kansas City Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today
Potts Law Firm is ready to handle all the legal details of your case so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. If you’re ready to take the first step in seeking justice, reach out to our team today to request a completely free and entirely confidential consultation with one of our compassionate Kansas City sexual assault attorneys. Our team can assist you in English or Spanish (se habla español).
Call (816) 312-5125 or contact us online today.
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