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Who Could Be Held Liable for
Sexual Assault or Sexual Abuse?

Life Law Feb. 22, 2022

Person with face in hand with other palm facing cameraBeing involved in a sexual assault or abuse incident can be an emotional and traumatizing experience. Fortunately, sexual abuse laws exist in North Carolina to hold the abuser civilly and criminally liable for their actions. If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you are within your rights to seek fair compensation. An experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney can evaluate your unique situation and help you hold the responsible parties liable.

At Life Law, our attorneys are poised and ready to assist you during this difficult time. As your legal counsel, we will thoroughly investigate all of the facts of your unique situation, help establish liability, and take necessary legal action against the abuser. Our trusted team will fight vigorously to represent your best interests and seek the financial justice you deserve. We’re proud to serve clients in Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, and throughout all of North Carolina.

Liability in a Sexual Assault Claim

Sexual abuse involves any sexual act performed against someone else without the person’s consent. Such despicable acts are unacceptable and have no place within our society. Under North Carolina laws, victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse may be eligible to hold their abuser civilly and criminally liable.

Personal Injury Claim against the Abuser

A sexual assault victim may file a personal injury claim against the abuser seeking damages for their injuries. In order to establish liability, the claimant (victim) must show that:

  • The defendant owed the victim a legal duty of care

  • The defendant abused or assaulted the victim sexually

  • The victim sustained physical or emotional injury from the sexual assault or sexual abuse incident

  • The defendant’s actions caused the victim’s injuries

An experienced attorney can help prove fault in your sexual assault claim and determine the liable parties.

Can A Third Party Be Held Liable?

In most cases, the abuser is often held liable for sexual assault. However, depending on the surrounding circumstances or events leading to the sexual assault incident, a third party may potentially be held liable. These third parties may include:

The Employer – The employer may be held liable if the sexual assault incident occurred due to failure to provide a safe workplace environment, delayed response to a sexual harassment complaint, employer retaliation, employer negligence, and more.

The Premises – The owner of the land, business, or property where the sexual assault incident occurred may be held liable if it happened due to negligent security, the unsafe or dangerous conditions of the premises, and other reasons.

Establishing liability in sexual assault cases involving third parties can be complex. Hiring a knowledgeable sexual abuse lawyer is crucial.

Life Law: Detail-Oriented & Compassionate Counsel

Survivors of sexual assault, rape, and other kinds of sexual abuse may be eligible to recover fair compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and other potential damages. Proving fault and establishing liability remains a critical part of your sexual assault claim. If you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse, it is important that you retain an experienced sexual assault injuries attorney to help protect your best interests and seek your rightful compensation.

At Life Law, our attorneys are committed to offering detailed legal guidance, support, and compassionate representation to survivors in their sexual assault cases. Using our extensive legal understanding of the laws addressing liability in sexual assault cases, our team can guide you through the often-complicated legal proceedings. Our trusted attorneys will fight vigorously for your rights and help you seek fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and other available damages.

Standing up to your abuser can be downright terrifying. Nevertheless, you’re not alone. Contact Life Law today to schedule a simple case assessment with our highly skilled sexual abuse attorneys. Our team will help you feel safe, calm, and ready to pursue the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and damages. We’re proud to serve clients in Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, and throughout all of North Carolina.