Bay Area Sexual Assault Victims
San Mateo County rape victim trial lawyer Todd Emanuel takes civil claims to court against rapists, sexual predators, and third-party defendants who can be held liable for failing to prevent the crime. For more information about his ability to help you in civil litigation on a sexual battery claim, contact the EMANUEL LAW GROUP at one of its three Bay Area locations.
Just as he can in cases involving other violent criminals, former deputy prosecuting attorney Todd Emanuel can sue a rapist or sexual assailant for personal injury damages. In a civil case, guilt does not have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt; the plaintiff need only convince the jury that the defendant is “more likely than not” to be liable. Additionally, punitive damages can be awarded.
If the perpetrator is in prison, insolvent, or simply can’t be found, it’s possible that another defendant can be held liable for violating a duty to keep the plaintiff reasonably safe from the risk of sexual attack. We have obtained major compensation in cases of date rape, spousal rape, child molestation, sexual assault at day spas, and sexual assault in the workplace.
Situations where rape victim compensation might be awarded from a third-party defendant include:
- Parking garage owner’s failure to provide security monitoring at night
- Failure of a home nursing service to screen its employees’ criminal background
- Inadequate security from intruders in apartment building or hotel
For victims of childhood sexual abuse, California recently passed new legislation giving victims of abuse a longer period of time to file a lawsuit as adults.
In cases where a civil action for damages cannot be sustained, Bay Area sexual assault compensation attorney Todd Emanuel can assist with an application to the California Crime Victim Compensation Program, which can cover the expenses of medical treatment, therapy, counseling, and other losses incurred as the result of a sexual attack.
For additional information and a free consultation, contact the Emanuel Law Group at our San Mateo County office, or in one of our other locations throughout the Bay Area. We want to hear from you.