Sexual Abuse & Assault

What Is The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case for a Child’s Sexual Abuse?

A criminal case involves criminal charges against the perpetrator of sexual abuse, which may lead to that person being convicted of the crime and going to jail.


A civil claim involves filing a lawsuit against the abuser and all other responsible parties to recover money damages for injuries to the victim.


Obviously, no amount of money can undo the scars or return a child’s innocence. Money damages recovered in a civil lawsuit can help with medical costs such as counseling or therapy. Also, a civil lawsuit will help prevent the sexual abuser or other responsible parties from doing or allowing such harm to occur to another child.


As a Parent, Can I Bring a Claim on Behalf of My Child?

Yes. Under New Hampshire law, a parent can bring an action on behalf of their child who is younger than 18 years old at the time of the abuse.



Who Is Responsible For The Assault?

This depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. The perpetrator and any other third parties such as organizations that allowed the abuse to occur may be responsible. This can include schools, employers, religious or charitable organizations, teachers, clergy, doctors, family members or acquaintances.

Can I Get My Counseling Bills Paid For?

Yes. You may recover damages in a civil claim for sexual abuse for your counseling or therapy expenses. Likewise, you may be entitled to be compensation for other medical expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.

What Damages Can I Recover?

Because a sexual abuse claim is a type of personal injury, you may be able to recover damages for physical injuries and emotional distress.

How Does My Lawyer Get Paid?

We represent victims of sexual abuse on a contingency fee arrangement. This means we only get paid from any settlement, recovery or verdict we get in your case.

Why Choose Douglas, Leonard & Garvey as My Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

Having represented many victims of sexual abuse, we are sensitive to the unique needs of abuse victims. These cases are very complicated and generally are vigorously contested. Bringing a sexual abuse claim may also require retaining experts, usually a counselor, which is expensive. We are committed to devoting the necessary time and expenses for these cases. If you do not have an attorney with the experience and willingness to make that commitment, your case may be at a disadvantage.

Our Consumer Guide to Personal Injury in New Hampshire may answer some of your questions about hiring the right lawyer for your case.


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