Many people don’t realize that even if their sexual abuse happened years ago, they can still receive civil justice. Many states employ a “delayed discovery rule” which postpones the statutes of limitations during the period when the victim did not know he or she had a claim.
Sexual Abuse Victim Rights
Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit
Many people experience sexual abuse while they are younger. When they grow up, they do not realize that they can still seek justice against their abuser. Many states have a Delayed Discovery Rule. The delayed discovery rule is a legal doctrine that suspends the running of statutes of limitations during periods of time in which the plaintiff did not discover, or by the exercise of reasonable diligence, could not have discovered, the injuries that would lead to his/her causes of action against the defendant/perpetrator.
The rule as applied to sexual abuse cases tolls the accrual of the cause of action until after the victim discovers the nexus between her injuries and the sexual abuse.
Even if your state does not have a Delayed Discovery Rule, there may be an extended statute of limitation. This means you could have additional time to file your sexual abuse civil lawsuit.
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Survivors of sexual abuse can file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of a criminal prosecution. Civil lawsuits can help a survivor seek monetary damages. This compensation can never change the abuse suffered but can help rebuild a life.
Plus, a civil suit can deter future abuse. This is why it is important if you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse to contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We will provide a free consultation and instruct of any avenues available to you for civil litigation.