At Carter Law Group, our sexual assault lawyers and the team are privileged to represent women and men who have been sexually assaulted in the workplace, in public spaces, and sometime even private residences. One of the questions we hear a lot is, “Do I even have a lawsuit? I thought this was a criminal matter.”
As always in the law, the answer is, “It depends.” So, here are some basic scenarios where sexual assault victims can bring a lawsuit to recover money damages. If you have questions about your specific case, please reach out to us and we can talk about the facts of your individual case.
Many people know they can sue their employer for sexual harassment. But what about a sexual assault at your work? Or by your boss or co-worker but somewhere other than work? What if the perpetrator didn’t work for your employer but the workplace assault happened on your work’s premises or while you were performing your job duties?
Many factors go into whether and how you can sue your employer for workplace assault – either sexual harassment or sexual assault. The law is very nuanced and heavily dependent upon the unique facts of each individual case. If you have been assaulted by anyone at your workplace or anyway related to your work, you should talk to an attorney who specializes in sexual harassment or sexual assault cases.
Assault in Public Places
Many of our clients want to punish the criminal who hurt them, but the attacker most times does not have any money to recover in a lawsuit. So, they settle for the criminal prosecution process and walk away from claims they may have for money damages because, as the saying goes, you just can’t get blood from a stone.
But, in some cases, there may be parties other than the assaulter who have some civil liability. Texas businesses and property owners have a duty to provide a safe space for people they invite onto their premises. This includes a duty to provide protection from foreseeable criminal activity. Depending on the type of business or space those “invitees” may be customers, clients or just the general public.
Whether the criminal activity was foreseeable is again one of those nuanced questions that depends heavily on the unique factual circumstances of your case.
So, if you were assaulted at a business or in a space where the public is invited onto the property to conduct any kind of activity, you may have a lawsuit against the owner of that space. To be sure, you should talk to a qualified attorney who handles civil assault cases. You can reach us at (214) 390-4173. Or, if its easier for you to tell your story via email, please email us at [email protected].
Assault in Private Residences
All too often, an offender attacks someone in a private home. This may be a stranger or someone the victim knows. Depending on the facts of the case, homeowner’s insurance may cover damages related to a sexual assault in the home.
As always, if you have specific questions about the facts of your case, you should reach out to a lawyer who handles civil sexual assault cases. You can reach us at (214) 390-4173. Or, if its easier for you to tell your story via email, please email us at [email protected].
I’m not going to lie—bringing a lawsuit after a sexual assault is hard. It’s an emotional and difficult process. But for some women, bringing a lawsuit allows a feeling of closure and some recovery.
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, we are so sorry for the tragedy you’ve been through. We know that a lawsuit for money will not fix what your attacker broke. But if you want a lawyer to fight like a mother, call us. I’m certain we can help.
Contact An Experienced Sexual Assault Lawyer Today
If you are a victim of sexual assault, contact Carter Law Group at (214) 390-4173. We can help you through this emotionally difficult time and get you the emotional care and monetary recompense you are due for your victimization and trauma.
We understand women and men who are victims of sexual assault and we are well known for protecting and enforcing the rights of our clients. Call us now!