Sexual assault is a particularly devastating crime that can leave a survivor feeling powerless. At The Liberatore Law Firm, our Los Angeles sexual assault attorneys represent survivors in civil actions. We can help you go up against an abuser or institution. We stand with victims of sexual assault and abuse. Contact us to learn more during a free and confidential case consultation.
Why Clients Trust Us
- Our compassionate personal injury attorneys are in this field for people, not profits. We have a reputation for being honest, dependable and accessible.
- We are highly experienced sexual assault attorneys in Southern California. Our law firm has represented clients for more than 20 years.
- Your lawyer will always put you first. We can keep your identity anonymous during your case, if desired. Your needs, goals and well-being will be put above everything else.
What Is the Difference Between a Civil and Criminal Sexual Assault Case?
Sexual assault is a crime under California Penal Code 243.4. This law states that any person who 1) touches an intimate part of another person, 2) while the victim is unlawfully restrained, 3) if the touching is against the victim’s will, and 4) for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse is guilty of sexual assault. If someone is found guilty of this crime, he or she could face a misdemeanor or felony charge and penalties such as fines and jail time.
Sexual assault is also considered a tort, or wrongful act, in the civil justice system. The civil courts allow a victim to file a claim to seek financial compensation from one or more parties for sexual assault. The purpose of a civil action is to make the victim whole again, rather than solely to punish a defendant.
Compensation Available for Sexual Assault Survivors in Los Angeles
A successful civil claim for sexual assault could result in financial compensation being awarded to the survivor to help pay for related losses. Holding one or more parties liable, or legally accountable, could result in a settlement or jury verdict that enables you to move forward with less financial stress.
Available compensation may include:
- Medical or hospital bills
- Therapy and counseling costs
- Prescription medications
- Travel or relocation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or psychological harm
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages, in some cases
At The Liberatore Law Firm, we know that pursuing a claim for sexual assault is about much more than a financial recovery. We are here not only to relentlessly seek maximum financial compensation but to help you hold one or more parties accountable for the life-changing harm you have suffered.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Sexual Assault in Los Angeles?
Many sexual assault survivors do not realize they have been wronged by more than just the assailant. An institution, company or entity is often also to blame for failing to protect the victim(s). This can mean failing to conduct background checks on employees, ignoring sexual assault complaints or covering up known incidents of sexual misconduct.
Examples of institutions that may be held liable are:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Business entities
- Daycare centers
- Foster care centers
- Health care facilities
- Juvenile probation camps
- Licensed professionals
- Massage spas
- Nursing homes
- Rideshare companies
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Sports organizations
- The government
Whether you or a loved one was sexually assaulted at work, school or on someone else’s property due to negligent security, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the abuser as well as an institution. Consult with an attorney for more information about your legal options.
Contact The Liberatore Law Firm Today
You are not alone as a survivor of sexual assault or abuse in Los Angeles. The time to come forward and speak out against sexual assault is now. Contact The Liberatore Law Firm for a free and private case evaluation with a Los Angeles sexual assault lawyer. We will believe you. Call (424) 285-8550 or fill out our online form today.