Little Rock Sexual Assault Lawyers
Pursuing justice for those injured from sexual assault throughout Arkansas
If you have been sexually assaulted, you may be able to press civil charges against the perpetrator to recover compensation for your injuries and losses from the attack even if he or she did not face criminal charges or were not convicted of a crime.
At the Little Rock personal injury law firm of Bailey & Greer PLLC, we are here to protect the civil rights of those who have been sexually assaulted. Our sexual assault attorneys hold the perpetrator and any other legally culpable party accountable for your injuries and losses. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a sexual assault attorney today. You will not pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
What is the difference between a criminal lawsuit and a civil lawsuit for sexual assault?
After a sexual assault, if the perpetrator has been apprehended, they may face criminal charges for having broken the law. The goal of charging them with a crime, having them submit to a trial where they can be convicted, and face jail time is to protect the citizens from further criminal acts by this person. Once the judge or a jury has convicted the alleged assailant, they will be remanded to a correctional facility if they receive a jail sentence as part of their penalty, and the criminal justice system moves on to the next case before them.
A criminal conviction does nothing to help the victim of the crime except that they can be confident that they no longer need to fear being attacked by this person while they are in prison. If they suffered injuries whether physical or emotional, they receive no recompense.
The victim can file a civil claim against the defendant, and instead of facing criminal penalties, he or she would be liable to pay compensation to the victim for the physical pain and suffering and the emotional trauma and distress from being attacked and violated. A plaintiff in a sexual assault civil proceeding can pursue a civil claim against their assailant if they were acquitted, or if they were not criminally charged, or if the charges were dropped. It is easier for the plaintiff to prevail in a civil lawsuit as the burden of proof is lower than that of a criminal lawsuit. In a criminal lawsuit, the burden of proof is, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” while in a civil lawsuit the plaintiff must prove it “more probable than not” that the perpetrator sexually assaulted the victim.
What damages are available with a civil lawsuit for sexual assault?
If you have been able to successfully hold the defendant liable for your injuries after a sexual assault, you may be able to recover damages in the form of financial compensation for:
- Medical expenses related to treatment for your injuries from the attack
- Lost wages for the time you missed at work attending to your hospitalization and other medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Holding a third party liable for sexual assault
- A guest at a resort was sexually assaulted on the property.
- A patient was sexually abused by his or her doctor in the examining room.
- A student was attacked and raped by a security guard on campus.
In all three of these cases, there is a third-party, aside from the person who assaulted the victims, that can be held accountable for these assaults. The owners of the vacation resort may be held liable for the sexual assault of a guest on the premises due to inadequate security. The patient who was assaulted by his or her doctor can hold the medical practice, the hospital or health clinic liable for their injuries, and the student who was attacked on campus can pursue the University for negligent hiring and supervision.
Work with a trusted Little Rock sexual assault attorney today
You had the courage to come forward and report the attack, and you witnessed the person who hurt you get convicted in a criminal court. Now it is time for you to obtain justice for the terror, the pain and the humiliation that was inflicted on you. A compassionate Little Rock sexual assault attorney from Bailey & Greer is prepared to fight for justice on your behalf.
If you or someone you care about has survived a sexual assault, you are welcome to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and learn about your legal options.
Learn more about your rights after a sexual assault in Arkansas
If you have been injured after you were sexually assaulted, whether the perpetrator was charged and convicted, you can still pursue a civil case against them to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. From our office in Little Rock, the attorneys of Bailey & Greer, PLLC fight to protect the rights of those injured from acts of violence. You may call 501-213-1512 or fill out this contact form to meet with a personal injury lawyer.