Helping Victims of Sexual Assault in Santa BarbaraMarch 10, 2022
Most victims of sexual assault suffer in silence for many years or decades because of uncertainty, humiliation, shame, and fear of retaliation. They may also think that no one can possibly believe them, or worse, that people will blame them for the assault. The Santa Barbara sexual assault lawyers of Bamieh & De Smeth are ready to help if you or a loved one has experienced sexual assault.
Filing a Lawsuit for Sexual Assault in California
Sexual assault is a traumatic and devastating event that no one should have to experience. But by bringing a civil sexual assault claim against the person that harmed you, you can hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions and prevent others from being victimized.
Under California law, you must file your claim within 10 years or three years from the date of the sexual assault. But if you’re a childhood sexual assault survivor, you can file your claim before you turn 40 or within five years when the event was discovered.
Civil claims for sexual assault are filed by the survivors to seek monetary compensation for the damages they suffered due to the abuser’s actions. The damages you can recover include compensation for physical injuries, mental anguish, pain and suffering, trauma, and other psychological effects.
Survivors can also bring claims against institutions and entities, such as schools, churches, or property owners who failed to prevent the sexual assault. In most cases, these parties neglect or fail to act on complaints, evidence, or warning signs that would’ve prevented the incident from happening.
In addition, if the state brought a criminal lawsuit against the abuser, a conviction can help strengthen your civil claim for damages. But you don’t need a criminal charge or conviction to file your claim. Witness testimonies and police investigations can also be used for proving your damages.
Selecting The Best Law Firm for Your Sexual Assault Lawsuit
Our Santa Barbara sexual assault lawyers have ample experience handling high-profile sexual abuse cases in California. We have secured fair settlements and verdicts for our clients. Beyond exposing sexual predators, our lawyers also fight to hold responsible other liable parties that may have failed to protect sexual assault survivors.
We work hard to seek proper restitution for all the hurt and trauma you have had to endure because of someone else’s malicious or negligent actions. We will do all that we possibly can to secure the compensation and justice you deserve.
Reach Out to Our Experienced Santa Barbara Sexual Assault Lawyers Now
Let our compassionate and skilled Santa Barbara sexual assault lawyers put their wealth of experience and knowledge to work on your case. They will take care of all the legal details so you can put your energy on healing and getting your life back on track.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, contact the Bamieh & De Smeth law office to set up a free review of your case and ensure that you get justice and proper compensation for the damages you suffered. Call 805-643-5555 or send us a message online for more details.