Sexual Assault And Other Physical Attacks And How To Seek Compensation From Large Entities That Are Responsible
Typically when a person gets raped or assaulted in Virginia the crime is committed by some lowlife person who has a long criminal record and no way to financially compensate their victim for the harm that they caused.
The criminal justice system hopefully will prosecute and incarcerate the perpetrator of such crimes but the restitution that might be ordered for the victim for their medical bills, their psychological injuries and their permanent scarring from the event is unlikely to ever even be paid well enough to take care of the harms and losses caused in these events.
In some circumstances there may be a way to help a victim to get compensation to help with their healing and getting their lives back together after one of these horrible events. A personal injury lawyer should be consulted if there’s any chance of holding some large company or organization responsible for not preventing the attack even though they were in a position to do so.
One example of this kind of case would be the cases against religious institutions who put clergy or other people in a position over little children even though there was some reason to believe that the authority figure was a pedophile. Another example would be a business that recklessly hired an employee who was put in a position to do harm by giving them keys or other access to customers in a way that shouldn’t have happened if proper background checks or supervision had been done to realize that the person was a real risk for violent behavior. Often these cases are difficult to prove. However in the right circumstances a personal injury attorney may be able to do something to help a victim of sexual assault or other attack in holding someone accountable who’s in a position to pay money or have insurance coverage which will pay money to at least help financially to deal with the aftermath of one of these horrible situations.
No amount of money ever makes this kind of attack forgotten. A rape victim will never forget his or her assault. However, having some money to pay for psychological help, a more secure living situation, and a means of support particularly if the person is disabled as a result of the attack from being able to earn a living is an important part of trying to normalize their life if it could be accomplished.
Although the circumstances of successful recovery for sexual assault from a third person are somewhat limited in Virginia because the law is challenging there are some brave attorneys who have worked on these cases and gotten some positive results. I have been privileged to have helped families whose children have been harmed in this way and women who have been through no fault of their own attacked in their own home in. I am always happy to talk to anyone about any kind of personal injury case to see if I can help. If you or your loved one has any questions about whether there’s a way to obtain compensation after a sexual or physical assault please give us a call and let us see if we can do anything to help. Call us at 757.455.0077.