Sexual Assault Lawsuit Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Sexual assault lawsuit attorney in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm cares about your wellbeing — both physically and emotionally — after this traumatic event. Using a system of trust, approachability, and mutual understanding, we will be by your side every step of the way. We understand it may be a difficult process, but you will have the peace of mind of knowing that a compassionate personal injury lawyer is advocating for you.

Let us help you recover compensation for past, present, and future losses. All of the cases that we take on are subject to a contingency fee, meaning you do not pay legal fees or other fees up-front. If you believe you have a personal injury claim for sexual assault, contact us or call a St. Louis personal injury lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.

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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Sexual Assault?

Many people do not realize that they can and should seek justice from a personal injury claim if they have been sexually assaulted. Just like any victim who suffers an injury during an act that was out of their control, sexual assault victims can pursue claims for financial compensation from their attacker or third parties that acted negligently. The difference is that these victims will file their claim in a civil court, not criminal court — though you can still pursue a criminal case concurrently while a civil lawsuit is pending.

However, an unfortunate reality of today is that many people do not believe that what they suffered constitutes as sexual assault that can be pursued in civil court. In fact, many cases go unreported altogether with only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults reported to the proper authorities. This could be because of shame, embarrassment, fear of retaliation, or simply that they think that what they went through was not “serious enough.”

At The Hayden Law Firm, we help sexual abuse and rape survivors seek justice for egregious acts of all types.

For example, sexual assault can cover a wide span of acts, including:

  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Forced sexual acts of any nature
  • Groping and unwanted touching
  • Any unwanted penetration of the victim
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Verbal sexual harassment

If you have suffered any one of these in any way, contact a sexual assault personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, to see what we can do for you. It is our mission to hold offenders and other third parties accountable for their actions.

Sexual Assault Personal Injury Claim: What You Are Owed

While a criminal conviction can offer some level of justice for the victim, it may not always cover everything. The physical and psychological injuries can endure long after the act took place. Pursuing a personal injury claim can help victims of these unconscionable acts receive fair compensation for the various financial and emotional costs they endured, but it can also help them gain a more authentic sense of justice.

Damages awarded in a sexual assault personal injury claim may cover:

  • Medical bills related to the assault
  • Future health care costs
  • Loss of employment or wages
  • Psychological trauma
  • Emotional counseling
  • Loss of enjoyment/quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death
  • Any other damages caused by the assault

You may even be able to sue on behalf of a spouse for loss of consortium if your spouse now suffers from anger, fear, or loss of sexual intimacy. These feelings can cause a rift in a relationship and could even destroy a marriage.

A number of factors may be considered when determining the amount of compensation in a sexual assault personal injury claim. It will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, the amount of costs you incurred, the severity of damages you suffered, and how well your attorney can protect your rights.

Attorney Amanda L. Hayden has compassion and expertise as an all-around advocate when it matters most. She is known as someone not only willing to advocate for her clients, but someone who can engage in challenging legal battles involving sensitive and confidential matters such as this.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Sexual Assault Personal Injury Claim?

Depending on the facts of the case, the liable party is often the assailant; however, victims may also bring forth civil lawsuits against third parties who bear legal accountability for what happened. For instance, a victim may be able to sue a business that failed to provide proper security measures which may have prevented the sexual assault from ever occuring.

In cases such as this, the plaintiff must be able to prove negligence on part of the third party. The elements of negligence include:

  • The defendant had a legal obligation to the injured party to keep them safe from harm
  • The defendant breached this legal duty of care
  • In failing to uphold this duty, the defendant caused the emotional or physical injuries suffered by the victim
  • The victim suffered actual injuries as a result

Common liable parties include establishments like churches, schools, youth organizations, sports programs, apartment complexes, medical facilities, nursing homes, and government entities. Facing these entities alone can be intimidating, which is why you need the experience of a St. Louis sexual assault personal injury lawyer on your side.

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Why You Need the Help of a Personal Injury Attorney

While damage resulting from a sexual assault is often physical in the form of sexually transmitted diseases and bodily injuries, many cases can also involve psychological damage that reaches far beyond a tangible dollar value that can be easily calculated.

Emotional trauma is just as viable as physical injuries. You deserve just compensation for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, and substance abuse — though, these items can often be difficult to prove in court.

Your argument is only as good as the lawyer standing next to you, and at The Hayden Law Firm, we stand with you! Our experience in the personal injury law arena allows us to build a strong case from the bottom up. The best way we can prove damage is through preservation of evidence, thorough preparedness, and expert witnesses. Your first step should be to report the sexual assault to the proper authorities and then seek out the help you need. Let us take care of the rest.

Through our radically client-centered approach, we take the time to listen to you, understand your injuries, and effectively explain those injuries in court so that you can recover the most compensation for your harm and losses.

Get in Touch With a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis Who Cares

When selecting a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO,, experience in your type of case is essential, but so is customer satisfaction and knowing that your attorney has your best interests at heart. The Hayden Law Firm is here to help you win damages for your harms and losses so that you can confidently move on from this situation and go on to a newer, more positive chapter in life.

If you have suffered a serious physical or psyuchological injury as a result of a sexual assault, contact us or call a St. Louis sexual assault personal injury lawyer The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.

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