What Is Your Experience In Representing Victims Of Sexual Abuse In Civil Claims In Ohio?
I have 39 years of experience as a lawyer representing victims of sexual abuse in civil claims in Ohio.
What Are Your Clients Going Through In These Cases And How Do You Support Your Clients In These Type Of Sensitive Cases?
Over the years, I have represented clients who are victims of various forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, child molestation, priest and clergy abuse, teacher and coach sexual abuse, parental child abuse and sexual damages claims.
What Damages And Compensation Can Victims Of Sexual Abuse Seek For The Harm Caused In A Civil Lawsuit?
Victims of sexual abuse may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical care.
- Past and future psychological care.
- Damages for permanent disability, including mental impairment, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Lost wages.
- Reduced earning capacity in the future.
- Residual disability.
- Future pain and suffering.
Is There A Statute Of Limitations For Filing A Civil Suit In A Sexual Abuse Case In Ohio?
In Ohio, the statute of limitations for filing a civil suit in a sexual abuse case varies depending on the nature of the case and the age of the victim. Generally, for intentional acts of sexual abuse:
- Adults, generally speaking, have one year to pursue a civil suit.
- Minors have until the age of 19 and in some cases, age 20, depending on the facts of the case
- In certain situations, legislation has extended the time period to age 30.
What Is The Process For Filing A Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit?
To file a sexual abuse civil lawsuit, typically:
- Contact the perpetrator or their representative and notify them of the claim and damages.
- Attempt to resolve the claim.
- If unsuccessful, file a lawsuit with the client’s consent against the individual and/or the corporation and/or entity they are employed by, within the statute of limitations.
How Long Does The Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit Take?
The duration of a sexual abuse civil lawsuit can vary greatly, ranging from a few months up to a year or more on average, depending on the complexity of the case and the court’s docket.