Tempe Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Meeting with an attorney can be an important step as sexual abuse victims try to deal with the aftermath of what happened.
There are numerous physical, emotional and psychological damages that may have occurred as a result of sexual abuse. Our Tempe sexual abuse attorneys understand this, and we are prepared to discuss whether you may be eligible to seek compensation for your damages. The consultation is absolutely free and confidential, and there is no obligation to take legal action after meeting with us. We can also discuss how to organize counseling to aid in your recovery.
Phillips Law Group has been fighting for the best interests of injury victims for more than 27 years and has a proven record of obtaining fair compensation for damages. Partner Jeffrey Phillips has served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials. We charge no upfront fees – our lawyers do not get paid unless our clients receive compensation first.
Our firm can be reached anytime, day or night by phone, online contact form or live chat. 1-800-706-3000
Sexual Abuse Definition
Whenever someone was involved in non-consensual sexual behavior, he or she was a victim of sexual abuse. This often happens with an authority figure, such as a spiritual leader, coach, family member or teacher.
Victims often include people who are already vulnerable, such as children, the elderly or people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the abuse can happen many times over a prolonged period. If the abuse is for a shorter period time and is more forceful, it is often considered sexual assault.
Our Tempe sexual abuse attorneys are ready to discuss your situation in a free, confidential consultation. Phone: 1-800-706-3000
Do I Have a Valid Case?
This is difficult to answer until we have had a chance to thoroughly review what happened and the damages you have suffered. Generally, those who have been victims of any of the following may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation:
- Forced sexual activity (vaginal, anal or oral penetration, whether from a body part or object)
- Forced sexual activity for money
- Incestuous sexual activity
- Exposure to child pornography
- Touching of genitals
- Denial of contraception or protection from sexually transmitted diseases
- Sexual exploitation by a therapist
Another factor to consider when trying to determine if you have a case is liability. While the perpetrator may be the only one liable, there could be other parties that may have some liability. This could include institutions like schools or medical facilities. Our attorneys would need to prove administrators and other authority figures ignored warning signs of abuse or failed to take prompt action to help protect the victim.
We know these are very difficult situations to handle. This is why the consultation with our attorneys is confidential and free of charge. We want you to be well-informed about your possible legal options.
What is a Sexual Abuse Case Worth?
Sexual abuse is a devastating betrayal by people who are supposed to be protecting those who are vulnerable. It can affect victims in a variety of ways, physical, emotionally and psychologically.
This is why you may be eligible to pursue a variety of damages for the effects of sexual abuse. This could include compensation for the following:
The injuries from abuse may need extensive medical treatment. This can be especially true for young children who are victims of abuse. Medical expenses could include the cost of hospitalization, medical tests, surgery and prescription medication.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
The psychological damage from abuse can lead to depression and other problems that could keep victims from returning to work. Victims may also struggle to continue working in the same capacity as they did before. For example, they may need to work fewer hours or in a different job.
If you need psychological treatment or talking therapy, you may be able to obtain reimbursement for these costs.
As each case is unique, it is best to discuss your damages with a qualified attorney. Phillips Law Group’s Tempe sexual abuse lawyers can review the damages that may be available to you in a free consultation.
What is the Time Limit for Filing a Claim?
If you want to pursue personal injury damages, there is a limited time to do so. Arizona’s personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury. Generally, victims who fail to file a claim within that time lose the right to do so.
There can be exceptions to this general rule though, depending on the specific circumstances of your claim. This is why it is important to discuss your claim with a licensed attorney as soon as possible. He or she can determine how much time you may have left to file a claim.
In May 2019, a new law took effect in Arizona stating minors can file a sexual abuse claim within 12 years of their 18th birthday.
Call Phillips Law Group as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation. You have limited time to take legal action.
What are the Different Types of Sexual Abuse Cases?
Some of the most common examples of sexual abuse cases include instances of abuse by the following authority figures:
Priests and Other Clergy Members
Abuse by these figures can go on for a long time, as churches often protect them, providing more opportunity for them to abuse young people.
Coaches and Teachers
We place a lot of trust in teachers and coaches, and sometimes that trust is taken advantage of. Oftentimes, coaches are some of the most influential people in a young person’s life.
Doctors at Universities
Students trust doctors to care for their health and well-being and that can be exploited for the purpose of committing sexual abuse.
Nursing Home Staff Members
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of their physical and mental limitations. This is particularly true for nursing home residents, who may be afraid or unable to report abuse.
Our firm is prepared to review your claim in a free consultation to find out if you may have a case.
How Damaging is Sexual Abuse?
Victims of sexual abuse often suffer from various psychological problems, including:
- Post-traumatic stress – This can include flashbacks, where victims relive their experience. There can also be heightened anxiety in certain situations.
- Anxiety – This can include panic attacks, stressful thoughts and chronic fear of those who remind victims of their abusers.
- Depression – Victims may struggle to want to get out of bed in the morning. They may have a lack of energy and feel sad often. There can also be trouble concentrating.
Unfortunately, many victims turn to drugs and alcohol to help them cope with their depression and other issues caused by the abuse they suffered. In other cases, victims may feel suicidal, develop eating disorders, struggle with their relationships and engage in self harm.
Possible Signs of Sexual Abuse
There are many signs of sexual abuse to watch for among friends, coworkers and family members, such as:
- Social withdrawal
- Uncharacteristic anger
- Marks from belts
- Belt marks
- Cuts that may have been self-inflicted
- Noticeable fear when near certain people, such as clergy members, teachers and coaches
Set Up a Free Legal Consultation with a Tempe Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today
These are some of the most emotional and complicated cases, for so many reasons. This is why you need an experienced attorney to talk to about possible legal options.
Phillips Law Group has recovered more than $750,000,000 in compensation for injury victims in Arizona over more than 27 years. Our legal team is prepared to get to work to help you.
If you have a case, we can deal with the legal process on your behalf. We want your focus to be where it should be, your recovery.
Our Tempe sexual abuse attorneys represent clients on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees for our services. The initial consultation is free and gives us a chance to determine if you have a case, what it might be worth, and how to proceed. However, it is up to you to decide whether you want to file a lawsuit, if you have a case.
Our office is not far from the Agnes’ Centers for Domestic Solutions, an outpatient treatment facility for victims of sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences.
You can reach us right away by calling 1-800-706-3000.