What to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer for a Sexual Abuse Case
Choosing the right lawyer to represent you or a loved one in a sexual abuse case is difficult. The truth is many unqualified lawyers advertise for sexual abuse cases. However, just because a lawyer advertises for a certain type of case does not mean the lawyer is skilled in handling that type of case.
No ethical rules prohibit lawyers from advertising that they handle sexual abuse cases, even if the lawyer has never handled one before. For example, personal injury lawyers often advertise for sex abuse cases after they read about a high-profile abuse case in the news.
Their strategy is to sign up as many clients as possible, then try to figure out how to the handle their cases or ship them off for a referral fee to a lawyer that actually represents sexual abuse victims.
You Don’t Just Want a Personal Injury Attorney
If you were going to hire a doctor to perform heart surgery would you want to hire a general surgeon, or a cardiac surgeon? Sure, a general surgeon might be able to perform the procedure. In fact, the general surgeon may have successfully performed the procedure a few times throughout his career. However, this experience cannot compare to the cardiac surgeon who spends every day performing heart surgery.
Handling a sexual abuse case is not like handling a car accident case or a slip and fall. Sexual abuse cases are far more complex and require an understanding of complicated liability issues and psychological damages that are not present in personal injury cases. There are lawyers whose entire practice is devoted to representing victims of sexual abuse, you just need to know how to find them.
What to Look for When Searching for a Sexual Abuse Attorney
The law firm’s website is a great starting point. However, many firms create landing pages to try to convince readers they specialize in sexual abuse cases, when in fact it is only one of many different areas they practice. If you are uncertain if the firm really handles sexual abuse cases, do some more digging.
Search Google for the lawyer or law firm you are considering and see if they have been in the news for cases representing victims of sexual abuse.
DO NOT be afraid to ask questions. Specifically, ask the lawyer how many victims of sexual abuse have they represented? What types of cases – church, school, day care, etc.?
Every lawyer wants to get you the largest settlement or jury verdict. The question is, can they? Ask for the results the lawyer has received in similar cases, and not just how much money they got for clients. Many survivors want more than money – they want change, and they want answers to questions, like how could something like this happen to me? Make sure you feel that this lawyer will go to bat for you not just to get you a check, but to get you justice.
Read what our clients have to say about their own experiences working with our firm.
Free Consultations and a Contingency Fee
The reality is that every lawyer who handles these types of cases will give you a free consultation and offer you a contingency fee.
Additionally, however, every law firm should agree to front all of the costs of litigation and only seek reimbursement if the case is successful. If the lawyer you speak with does not, it is time to look for another lawyer.
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Ben and Nate took their time in handling my case with compassion and care. I never had to wonder what was going on. They always made sure to include me in each and every decision that needed to be made before they were made. Their entire staff was always very polite and knowledgeable. I cannot say enough kind words about Andreozzi + Foote; they are simply the best!
One of the best personal injury lawyers in the country. Great experience. Really genuine people at Andreozzi and Associates.
Handled our case SO well even though it took a long time to settle, and STILL helps us with paperwork related to the settlement account every now and then. They were honest with us from the get-go, worked REALLY hard on our behalf, and always kept in touch with us about what was going on. So pleased.
When you and your child are victims of a horrid crime it’s hard to understand why things are the way they are. Information and answers are what you want, but unfortunately the system doesn’t offer that. Nathaniel has fielded and patiently listened to a broken mother wanting nothing more than for someone to help her understand why she has no answers, and through these phone calls Nathaniel has been very informative, honest and upfront. I would recommend Nathaniel and this firm to anyone who is seeking answers, help and professionalism in a firm when going through such difficult times.
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It is impossible to put into words our gratitude for Ben and Nate through the most trying time of our life. As scared, confused, and traumatized parents, the isolation and loneliness of litigation are abysmal. In the beginning, everyone surrounding you has endless bright ideas and can’t say enough how you should pursue action, but then when it comes down to it, these cheerleaders are suddenly silent and nowhere to be found in what feels to be your darkest hour. Thank God we had these two extraordinary men at our side from the moment we contacted them. Their friendship, counsel, and sound resolve to do everything they could in order to balance the scorecard meant more than we can ever convey, and is simply immeasurable. If we had known how simple this seemingly horrific ordeal would’ve been with their help from the start, we wouldn’t have agonized a single minute over doing what we did. If you are in a similar position as I’ve described, take advice from someone who’s been through the worst, thankfully with the best. Call them!