Molestation Lawyers in Dallas
The third most frequently reported form of child abuse, sexual abuse can include fondling, lewd behavior, oral sex, exposing of body parts (exhibitionism), watching a child undress in order to receive a sexual thrill, or involvement in child pornography or prostitution. A sexual abuse civil lawsuit can allow a victim and his/her family to receive the compensation they need to cover medical bills, psychological care, pain and suffering and punitive damages.
The sad reality about child sexual abuse is that it is more common than we realize or want to acknowledge:
- Every two minutes a child is sexually assaulted
- One in four girls and one in six boys are victims of sexual abuse by age 18
- Sexual abuse occurs across all socio-economic lines
- 50-90% of child sexual abuse is never reported
- 85% of the time, the child knows and trusts the abuser
- Each year about 6 million children are affected by abuse-10% of cases involving sexual abuse or approximately 600,000
While typically an individual is responsible for sexual abuses against a child, often an organization (such as a school or daycare) can be held liable as well for not performing proper background checks or improperly supervising employees. Anyone can be guilty of sexual abuse- parents, a relative, friend, etc. Molestation is a serious offense because a child is not able to give his/her consent and are often ignorant about the behavior they are engaging in.
How to Prove Your Claim
When you file a claim, the first important thing you can do is see if your child has any obvious physical symptoms that could prove he/she suffered from the unwanted sexual advances of a perpetrator. These signs could include any of the following:
- Vaginal or anal discharge
- Itching or pain in the genital region
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Redness in genital area
- Bleeding in genital area
- Bruising in genital area
Other signs of sexual abuse can include increased sexual behavior, fear, and behavioral or personality changes such as difficulty sleeping or depression/low self-esteem. Besides photographing the injuries and bringing in a certified medical professional, a mental health therapist or counselor might also prove to be a formidable witness. If you can get a medical practitioner to examine the signs, medical records can significantly increase your chances of achieving a successful settlement.
Why You Need Legal Assistance on Your Side
One of the hardest things about a sexual abuse case is that the victim normally doesn't want to talk, for a variety of reasons. This is especially true if the victim was victimized by someone he/she loves. When a child is abused by a friend, neighbor, childcare giver, teacher, grandparent or so forth, they can feel trapped between love and loyalty for that person and the desire to come forward and disclose information about the abuse he/she experienced.
After reporting anything you can about the sexual abuse incident(s) to the police and getting your child the medical and emotional care he/she needs, the next most important thing you can do is hire a Dallas personal injury attorney who can examine all the details surrounding the case and advise you about the best steps to take. At Zinda Law Group we understand that a molestation case is a very difficult one to handle and yet you and your abused loved one deserve justice and compensation for the pain and harm your family has experienced at the hands of a perpetrator!
With over 10 years of experience and as winners of the prestigious award SuperLawyers®, Zinda Law Group has the qualifications you are looking for and can handle your case in a reassuring, excellent manner. As a firm driven by care, integrity and a hard work ethic, we can provide you with the aggressive representation you will need throughout the weeks ahead. Give the firm a call today and take steps towards healing, recovery and recompense!