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Gainesville Child Sexual Abuse Attorney

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As parents, providing security, safety, and protection to our children is both an indispensable need and innate desire. Unfortunately, even when proper parenting measures are taken to safeguard our loved ones from the dangers of society, rarely can we predict that criminal conduct may cause harm to our child. Even when provided with the assurance that we are entrusting the care of children with morally and ethically responsible individuals, whether daycare providers, school faculty, or organization leaders, little can protect our children from the unexpected. Having provided representation to parents whose children have been victimized by sexual predators, the Gainesville Child Sexual Abuse attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., always reminds parents of two things: It is neither your fault as a parent, nor the fault of the child.

Although many of us, as parents, would like to insulate our children, in an effort to safeguard them from potential dangers, we all know that this is neither realistic nor possible. Having children of our own, the attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., can sympathize with our clients who have made the heartbreaking discovery that their own child was the victim of sexual abuse. While we cannot erase, from the minds of our children events that have already occurred, we can do what is within our power to seek justice on behalf of our children.

Just a few of the types of child sexual abuse cases are:

  • Claims against daycares
  • Claims against public schools
  • Claims against private schools
  • Claims against individual perpetrators and abusers
  • Claims against government entities
  • Claims against law enforcement organizations
  • Claims against probation supervision entities
  • Claims against businesses

Typically there are two types of liability claims that may be filed in child sexual abuse actions. The first is against the perpetrator of the abuse. The second type is against the property owner, business owner, or organization that, while having a duty to safeguard your child, failed to do so. In the latter scenario, claims may involve negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent entrustment, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and other related negligence claims.

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In addition to seeking compensation through a civil action, victims of child sexual abuse may have other remedies available. For example, the court may award restitution to the victim of a criminal action involving the abuse of a child. Florida also state-funded compensatory sources to victims harmed by the criminal actions of another. For more on this topic, see ‘Remedial Measures in Child Sexual Abuse.’

Victims of sexual abuse may struggle with mental and emotional issues for many years following such abuse. By taking action through seeking compensation for your child in a negligence claim against the parties who either directly or indirectly contributed to the abuse, a financial source can be made available to provide your child with treatment for psychological injuries. In addition, recovery may be available for damages caused by the overall ill effects on the victim’s quality of life, which therapy may never properly remedy or address.

Apart from an award of monetary damages, seeking justice on behalf of your child serves other purposes as well. As an immediate concern, it can aide in the prevention of future incidents by the same individual(s) or organization. However, and perhaps more importantly, proactive efforts in seeking justice can promote general awareness of issues involving child sexual abuse. If your child was victimized by a sexual predator, while in the care of another, the Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. urge you to seek legal guidance to safeguard your legal rights.