Many sexual assault victims worry that justice will end with the criminal trial of their attacker. Our team at Zanes Law firmly believes that victims have rights and should be compensated financially for their suffering.
If you have suffered the trauma, pain, and humiliation of a sexual assault either as a child or adult, please know that our law firm highly respects your dignity as a victim. We understand that your life has taken a difficult turn and that you are likely facing a long recovery process. Reach out today to discuss your legal options with a caring Tucson sexual assault attorney.
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Putting together a solid case involves thoroughly examining all aspects of your claim, including liability, injuries, and the kinds of damages you may be able to recover. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Our team will work hard on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement that addresses your physical and emotional pain and suffering, or we will fight for justice in court.
For a free legal consultation with a sexual assault lawyer serving Tucson, call 866-499-8989
Definition of Sexual Assault in Arizona
Arizona Revised Statute §13-1406 defines sexual assault as knowingly or intentionally engaging in sexual contact or sexual activity with someone without that person’s consent. Sexual assault is a broad term that can refer to several different sex crimes, including:
- Sexual intercourse
- Sexual touching
- Rape or statutory rape
Sexual assault is often committed through deceit, intimidation, coercion, drugs, or force. If you are the survivor of a sexual offense in Arizona, you may be able to recover financial compensation through a civil claim against your attacker or another liable party.
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Compensation for Sexual Assault Victims
While no amount of money can erase the trauma you’ve endured, a financial award can provide relief to a family that may be struggling with therapy costs, lost wages, and legal fees. We also believe that coming forward and filing a sexual assault claim is an important way to hold the perpetrator and possibly other parties who allowed the assault to take place accountable.
Our Tucson sexual assault lawyers help clients in Tuscon and all over Arizona fight for compensation for damages incurred from a sexual assault. As a victim of an “intentional tort,” there are several economic and non-economic damages that we may be able to help you recover. Depending on the specifics of your case, these damages may include the following:
Medical Expenses and Lost Wages
Out-of-pocket medical expenses are easy to calculate and may include the cost of doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, medication, and lost wages from missing work.
Lost income can be a tremendous drain on a family’s finances. If your physical or emotional injuries resulted in your inability to work, you should be reimbursed for that loss.
Pain, Suffering, and Emotional distress
With non-economic damages that are difficult to quantify, the amount you recover can depend on how much a jury thinks it would be worth not to have suffered the pain you were required to endure due to the defendant’s intentional actions.
Pain and suffering often include far more than just physical pain. In some cases, pain and suffering damages can include the humiliation experienced by a victim of sexual assault. Other types of emotional trauma can also help support a claim for damages in this kind of intentional tort case.
Punitive damages are damages that are not about rewarding the plaintiff but about punishing the defendant. They are also known as exemplary damages because they are intended to make an example of someone and serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders.
While the amount of these damages should correlate with the amount of damage suffered, juries are allowed some leeway for determining the amount of punitive damage awarded. Punitive damages are recoverable when the defendant’s conduct is particularly egregious.
Sexual Assault in Tucson Care Facilities
Tucson is home to hundreds of senior care facilities, and unfortunately, residents of these facilities are sometimes victims of sexual assault. Sexual abuse of the elderly is a particularly heinous form of nursing home abuse, and it is sadly more common than one might expect.
Unfortunately, those who are 65 years of age and older are less likely than younger victims to come forward after being sexually assaulted. In addition, the criminal justice system is often ineffective regarding sexual abuse cases involving seniors.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of conviction is further decreased when the elderly victim is abused while residing in a care facility. This is troubling, but it does not mean that older victims cannot get justice in civil court. Our nursing home abuse lawyer could help you file a lawsuit if someone in your family was abused while in a care facility,
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Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Arizona Sexual Abuse or Assault Case
In addition to being emotionally challenging, sexual assault claims can be highly complex. These cases may also require compliance with strict procedural rules and detailed legal analysis.
When a victim decides to bring a civil suit against the perpetrator, an experienced personal injury lawyer can guide them through the process and inform them of their rights according to the law. In many cases, a criminal charge is also filed so that the state will prosecute the offense.
That said, civil sexual assault cases can be easier to prosecute than criminal cases because attorneys in civil cases are required to prove only a preponderance of the evidence.
Contact a Tucson Sexual Assault Attorney Today
Navigating a complex civil sexual assault claim can be difficult for already traumatized victims. It can involve substantial emotional distress and requires a deep understanding of Arizona law. If someone sexually assaulted you, you need the representation of a qualified sexual assault attorney.
Our team at Zanes Law wants to help you fight back against the person or institution that hurt you and send a clear message to those who continue to abuse. We are here for you and will remain at your side throughout the litigation process. Hold your abuser accountable, starting today, by contacting one of our Tucson sexual assault lawyers. We offer free consultations.