Seeking Compensation for the Abuse You Experienced
If you have been abused by a parent or another adult, or if you are the parent or caregiver of a child that has been abused, you may feel lost and confused as to your legal rights. Child abuse is a horrific experience that can have long-lasting consequences on your emotional and mental health. It is important that children who experience abuse understand they are not alone, and the abuse is not their fault.
If you were abused, the compassionate attorney team at Stein & Shulman, LLC, is here to help. We work closely with our clients while maintaining the confidentiality and respecting our clients’ needs for sensitivity. Our lawyers have dedicated our careers to helping those who have been wrongly injured, including the victims of parental abuse.
What Constitutes Child Abuse?
Child abuse encompasses anything that places a child’s emotional or physical health and development in danger. Abuse can constitute physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.
Physical child abuse that results in injury could include:
- Any other form of bodily harm
Emotional child abuse happens when the abuser exhibits behavior that hinders the child’s mental health or social development, including:
- Making fun of or belittling a child
- Shouting or screaming at a child
- Vulgar language
Sexual abuse refers to a sexual act that occurs between an adult and a child, such as:
- Any sexual penetration or touching
- Forced viewing of sexual acts
- Other lewd behavior
Neglect occurs when a parent or other caretaker fails to provide for the child’s basic developmental or physical needs, including:
- Inadequate food or clothing
- Unsafe shelter
- Poor hygiene
- Lack of supervision
- Insufficient medical care
Child Abuse Claims
Depending upon the circumstances of the abuse, you may be able to seek compensation from the parent or another caregiver that inflicted the abuse. At times, you could additionally seek coverage from another party, such as your abuser’s employer or supervisor. Your rights as an abuse victim will vary depending upon the precise facts surrounding your case. At times, even if the abuse occurred years ago, you may still be able to file a claim against the abuser or another liable party.
If your civil action against the abuser is successful, you could obtain money damages. Damages could include compensation for your physical and emotional trauma sustained due to the abuse. In addition to money damages, abuse victims will often experience a sense of closure and justice by successfully sustaining a judgment against their abuser.
The parents of a child who has been abused can seek compensation on their minor child’s behalf. Knowing your child has been injured by another is a life-shattering experience, but fighting for damages from the abuser can be healing. Consult with a child abuse claims attorney as soon as possible to find out more about your legal rights.
Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm With Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience!
If you experienced abuse as a child, contact the Chicago Child Abuse Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of personal injury cases involving both adults and children. We have achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We understand how terrifying it can be to witness your child be injured in an accident. Our attorneys are dedicated to seeing that our injured clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled in a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers at (312) 422-0506 or by filling out a free contact form online.