Oklahoma Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
According to the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), there were over 14,000 cases of child abuse in Oklahoma during 2017—nearly 5% of these victims were sexually abused. Equally horrifying, most molested children are harmed by someone they know and trust. If your child was inappropriately touched at daycare, Oklahoma child injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw can help you seek justice.
Our firm has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors. We believe that fair compensation can help alleviate many burdens in the aftermath of sexual abuse. Call us for a free initial consultation.Why You Should Hire a Lawyer After Daycare Sexual Abuse
The authorities may press criminal charges against your child’s abuser, but you can also hire an attorney and file a civil claim. While a criminal case can result in punishment for the perpetrator, such as prison time, fines, or community service, a civil case is about making the victim whole.
Oklahoma daycare abuse attorneys like those at Carabin Shaw can leverage their experience to:
- Investigate the abuse
- Establish duty of care and liability (the abuser, and possibly the daycare owner/operator or other employees)
- Gather evidence, including medical records and eyewitness statements
- Work with expert witnesses, such as child psychologists
- Prove financial and emotional damages
Unlike a criminal lawsuit, civil claims do not have to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Thus, it’s much easier to hold a sexual abuser accountable and recover damages.Why Seek Compensation for Daycare Sexual Abuse?
No amount of monetary reward excuses or nullifies sexual abuse. If your child was molested, they will likely face lasting negative effects—financially, emotionally, and behaviorally.
The point of recovering damages is to lessen the burden of those effects. Compensation can help with:Medical Bills
Your child should undergo a medical examination after sexual abuse, and they may require treatment for injuries and STIs.Ongoing Therapy
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Therapy from a trauma-informed psychologist can give your child the tools to cope with and recover from abuse. Additionally, your entire family may benefit from therapy, either individually or as a whole, since molestation is traumatic for everyone.Economic Loss
It’s common for parents of molested children to miss work in the aftermath of the abuse, whether from police interviews, legal appointments, or simply the need to spend time with family. Your child may also suffer lost earning potential in the future due to PTSD, anxiety, or depression.Pain and Suffering
The emotional distress of sexual abuse cannot be overstated, but the damages vary widely from case to case. An experienced lawyer can show the jury how sexual abuse negatively affects your child’s quality of life, now and in the future.
The goal of recouping damages in an Oklahoma child sexual abuse lawsuit is to return the survivor to their original state of well-being before the abuse occurred. Whether or not this is possible, monetary compensation can at least remove some of the stress from your child’s recovery process. The less you have to worry about medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, the more you can focus on supporting your child.Get a Free Case Review by Carabin Shaw
The Advocacy Center’s data shows that one in three girls, and one in five boys, will be sexually abused. If your child was molested at daycare, you can pursue a lawsuit for compensation and justice. Oklahoma child injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw want to advocate for your family, protect your rights, and give your child the best chance for a happy, healthy future. We offer free case reviews with English and Spanish speakers standing by 24/7.
Call us toll-free at 800-862-1260.