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There is very little that is more personally violating than being a victim of sexual assault. Besides the physical injuries that often result, there are often emotional scars that can last for many years, or perhaps for a lifetime. A number of victims internalize emotional injuries and have no idea where to turn.
Obviously, Texans who are victims of a violent crime such as sexual assault can receive some measure of justice through prosecution in criminal court. However, many victims of these crimes are often completely unaware that they may find a further measure of justice through the civil court system, by filing a lawsuit against those responsible. The right attorney can look at the facts and determine who may have been negligent in your situation and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and your pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, after many years of representing sexual assault victims, we have found that perpetrators tend to be repeat offenders, often because victims are reluctant to go to court and take the abuse that defense attorneys often heap on them. While no amount of compensation can ever make everything right or erase the damage to a sexual assault victim, it can help them regain control of their lives, including providing them with the money they need to pay for counseling to help them with the healing process and to remove many other stresses from their lives. Also, the knowledge that they can possibly find some measure of justice in civil courts will often give them more courage to break their silence and bring these people to justice, thus preventing them from hurting anyone else.
There are many ways to approach a sexual assault case. For example, if the assault occurs on a property, it may be possible to establish premises liability. According to the laws in Texas, every property owner has a legal duty to take reasonable precautions to prevent crime on the premises, like providing gates and locks, security personnel, bright lights in certain areas or even surveillance cameras. If the owners of the property can be shown as negligent in providing proper security on their property, they can be held accountable.
A knowledgeable and skilled Texas personal injury attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances that surrounded and led up to the sexual assault, including a review of security measures, as well as interviews of any witnesses such as security guards or other people who can testify as to the level of security. They will also look closely at police reports, as well as the record of security on the premises; there may be other previous crimes perpetrated on the premises.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sexual assault, it should be reported as soon as possible, to make sure the criminal side of the process goes to work and prevents someone else from being attacked. However, the experienced Texas sexual assault attorneys at Adame Garza LLP can look over the circumstances surrounding your assault and advise you on the best way to proceed with a possible civil case, so that you can be compensated for your injuries, as well as your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation.