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Civil Lawsuits For Child Abuse Victims


Somewhere in the United States at a rate of once every ten seconds, police dispatchers receive calls to help child abuse victims. These children most often fall victim to someone they know, even someone living in the same home. These crimes include sexual abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse and neglect.

If your child suffered abuse, you know firsthand how much pain these abuses cause. No child should feel alone in shouldering these effects. They need the help of a compassionate civil lawsuit attorney able to help them gain compensation for their injuries, medical expenses and other costs. A civil lawyer helps them overcome the long-term damage of the abuses, including:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Disassociation
  • OCD
  • Attachment disorders
  • Other personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Promiscuity
  • Psychosocial disorders
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fear
  • Mistrust

Helping your child feels impossible at first, especially when it comes to the criminal court system. But for help healing their wounds, your child can benefit from Arizona’s laws. This healing comes from a civil lawsuit against responsible parties, to bring compensation and closure.

Who is responsible in civil child abuse cases?

When civil lawsuits are filed for child abuse victims, these cases often involve multiple defendants. The accused offender in criminal courts is not always the only responsible party. Third parties often play a role in a child’s abuse, such as when someone allows the perpetrator to gain access to your child.

Examples of this include a property owner not providing security to prevent such crimes from taking place, or an employer who hires childcare workers without adequate background screening. Or maybe a church allowed a clergy member to continue working with the public, despite awareness of past transgressions against children.

Third parties with responsibility in your child’s abuse may include:

  • Schools
  • After school programs
  • Day care centers
  • Sports coaches or youth leagues
  • Churches or clergy
  • Residential facilities or group homes
  • Camps
  • Hospitals
  • Rehab programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Foster care
  • Businesses
  • Municipalities

As a parent or guardian in Arizona, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit after your child suffers abuse. You can file this case against the negligent third parties and the primary perpetrator. Compensation from your child’s case may include medical costs, therapy costs and other expenses, as well as support for lost wages, ongoing medical care and other damages. In many of these cases, the awarded compensation helps the child plan for a better life ahead, beyond their abuse.

Getting the Help Your Child Needs through a Child Abuse Civil Lawsuit

As previously said, you need experienced help for your child. In the legal realm, this experienced help includes the child abuse lawyer. Nothing can repair the broken trust you and your child experienced due to someone else’s negligence, but speaking with a lawyer can help bring an end to your case.

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About the Author

Darren Levitt is a trial attorney and founder and manager of the law firm Levitt Legal, PLLC. As an attorney, Darren works to protect, defend and uphold the freedom, liberty, property, and constitutional and unalienable rights of individuals.