Sexual abuse and assault are not only crimes, but they are also civil infractions. They give survivors the right to demand financial compensation from their perpetrators. Bringing a civil claim against an assailant, however, might not be easy for a survivor. The legal process can seem daunting – especially while also dealing with common traumas associated with surviving sex crimes.
At Tillmann Law, we help sexual abuse and assault survivors fight for maximum compensation from criminals and others who might be liable for the client’s damages. We will go the extra mile for you, protecting your rights and interests at all costs. We can stand by you during this critical and delicate time in your life. Discuss your situation in more detail in 100% confidence and at no charge with our Portland sexual assault lawyers today. Call (503) 272-8986 to schedule your free consultation now.
After surviving a sexual assault or abuse scenario, it is common to think only about criminal reparations. While it is important to cooperate with the police, press charges, and force the perpetrator to face the criminal consequences of his or her actions, it is also important to file a civil claim as well. A civil claim could reimburse you for the personal and financial losses you suffered due to the sex crime committed against you. The legal process on the civil end can be much easier for you after you hire a lawyer.
The right civil attorney can take care of the difficult and complex aspects of your claim while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery. If you do not wish to face your perpetrator in court, for example, a lawyer can keep your identity anonymous and handle negotiations for you. Your lawyer will become your confidant and trusted advocate when you need it most. A lawyer can also help you obtain maximum financial recovery from the perpetrator and/or other defendants.
Oregon’s definition of sexual assault is any sexual encounter or contact without your consent. Sexual assault can refer to almost any type of inappropriate touching or attempts at sexual assault. Sexual abuse and assault can happen to men and women of all ages. Whether your incident occurred at work, at home, from someone you know or by a stranger, exercise your rights under Oregon’s civil laws with help from Tillmann Law’s Portland sexual abuse and assault lawyers.
Our Portland personal injury attorneys understand Oregon’s sexual abuse and assault laws from the civil justice system’s perspective. We know exactly what survivors need in the aftermath of a traumatic criminal attack. We can connect them with doctors and therapists, investigate their cases for evidence of assault, build a strong claim to damages, and represent them during civil claims. When you hire our attorneys, you can have the peace of mind you need to look toward the future while your lawyer handles all the legal elements of your case.
It is common for survivors of sexual assault to be wary about filing civil claims. It might seem easier to take a step back from legal processes in the aftermath of a traumatic incident such as sexual abuse or assault. Yet, in reality, the civil justice process can provide a great deal of closure and justice at a time you need it the most. It could also be an important source of recompense to help you and your family move forward with financial stability. A sexual assault settlement or jury verdict could award you for several different damages.
You might have the power to bring a civil claim against a sexual perpetrator or other parties depending on the situation. If the sexual assault occurred at work, for example, your employer might be vicariously liable for your damages. The lawyers at Tillmann Law can look into your specific case to identify all appropriate parties to receive your claim. Naming multiple defendants could optimize your chances of obtaining fair and full compensation.
As you start looking into your civil rights as a sexual abuse or assault survivor in Oregon, you might come across statutes of limitations. These are important laws you must know if you wish to bring a valid claim to damages in Oregon. A statute of limitations is a deadline on when to file a civil claim.
In Oregon, as a sexual assault or abuse survivor, you typically have two years from the date of the incident to file a civil claim against the perpetrator. If you were a minor at the time of the abuse, however, you will have until your 40th birthday or 5 years after you discovered the connection between your injuries and the child abuse (whichever is later). You may also have a statute of limitations of seven years if you qualify under the Abuse of Vulnerable Persons Act.
At Tillmann Law, we can discuss your case in depth at no charge or obligation. Initial consultations are always free and completely confidential. Our Portland sexual assault lawyers can discuss your experience, listen to your story, and help you take action against one or multiple defendants. We can also discuss particulars such as your statute of limitations and the value of your claim. Speak to our attorneys today. Send us a message online or call (503) 272-8986 to begin the legal process.