Tulsa Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Representing Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Aizenman Law Group is proud to be a legal team that stands up for survivors of sexual abuse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To make cases easier for our clients, we prepare each one as if it will go to trial and never charge attorney fees unless we end a case with a successful verdict or settlement. We can help file a claim against various abusers and defendants, such as:
- Pastors and churches
- Teachers and schools
- Caretakers and nurses
- Employers and supervisors
- Boy/Girl Scout troop leaders
If you were sexually abused and want to speak up and out about what happened, then you can trust us to help you explore your right to pursue fair compensation, justice, and a sense of closure.
On This Page
- About Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
- Oklahoma Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Abuse
- Damages Available to Sexual Abuse Claimants
- Benefits of a Settlement Instead of Verdict
- Is the Criminal Case Against an Abuser Important?
About Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Filing a civil claim or lawsuit against a sexual abuser will never be a simple process. They are practically guaranteed to vehemently deny your claim because it could jeopardize their finances, reputation, and freedom if they admit to your accusations. To simplify the details of your claim and its management, you should leave everything to our capable Tulsa sexual abuse attorneys.
Oklahoma Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Abuse
The first thing you should know about a sexual abuse claim in Oklahoma is that it is a civil claim that will be subjected to a statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations expires, your claim will be dismissed by the court if you try to file it. The length of the statute of limitations can vary on several factors, though, so you should always check with our sexual abuse attorneys to see how much time you still have to file your claim.
The statute of limitations for a sexual abuse claim in Oklahoma can be as short as 90 days or it can be decades, depending on the type of claim and who the defendant is.
Damages Available to Sexual Abuse Claimants
As a type of personal injury claim, a sexual abuse claim allows you to seek monetary damages from your abuser and any organizations that enabled them, either intentionally or through gross negligence. You can demand compensation in the form of economic and noneconomic damages. In many sexual abuse claims, economic damages include medical bills related to treatments and psychiatric care made necessary by the sexual assault.
Noneconomic damages in a sexual abuse case are often the most significant, though, because these damages relate to less tangible issues like pain, suffering, and emotional scarring. Sexual abuse survivors are often left severely traumatized by the attack, which can manifest as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that interfere with day-to-day life and their close relationships.
In a sexual abuse claim, financial damages can be rewarded based on your abuse-related:
When your PTSD symptoms are particularly severe, you might find it difficult to complete an education or maintain gainful employment. In such a case, compensation could even be rewarded for your lowered earning potential as well as your reduced enjoyment of life.
Benefits of a Settlement Instead of Verdict
As your sexual abuse claim progresses, the case may reach a point at which settlement becomes possible. Why would you want to take a settlement, though, if litigation seemed necessary the whole time?
The truth is that there are distinct benefits from reaching a settlement that cannot be appreciated with a verdict. Specifically, a settlement offer can be kept entirely confidential, which might be something both you and the defendant want. A settlement is also finalized and unable to be appealed, so once the agreement is signed, your case is concluded, and you are owed the agreed-upon monetary amount without further debate.
Is the Criminal Case Against an Abuser Important?
Sexual abuse claims are somewhat unique in the realm of civil injury claims because they have an inherent element of criminality to them. Accusing someone of sexually abusing you is accusing them of a crime that will get investigative and law enforcement agencies involved. Although the criminal justice system is intentionally left separate from the civil court system in Oklahoma, the criminal elements of your case can be important and useful if those elements helped secure a conviction. The evidence that was convincing in a criminal court can be just as convincing in a civil one.
It is also important to note that the lack of a conviction does not automatically undo your civil claim. Defendants can be found not guilty of sexual abuse and still be ordered by a civil court to pay damages to a plaintiff who accused them of the same act for which they were acquitted.