Sexual assault is one of the most difficult things for someone to go through. Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon occurrence. Sexual assault can result in both long-lasting physical and mental trauma.
Should you choose to go forward with a personal injury claim against your attacker, you can seek compensation for your damages.
Damages After Sexual Assault
After your assault, you are able to seek financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. The courts may also order your attacker to pay punitive damages based on the circumstances of the assault.
Economic damages refer to damages that have clear financial values.
Economic damages you may seek compensation for include:
- Medical bills
- Future/anticipated medical costs
- Lost wages if you could not go to work after the attack
- Therapy expenses
Non-economic damages account for the emotional trauma experienced after sexual assault.
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of consortium (harm done to the victim’s relationship with their family or partner due to the injury)
Non-economic damages are typically a bit harder to assign value to because they are not tangible losses. However, you should never feel discouraged about seeking compensation for these damages. Especially after a sexual assault, you deserve to be compensated for your emotional trauma.
Punitive damages are also commonly sought in sexual assault cases. The purpose of these damages is to punish the attacker. These payments are typically set based on the extremity of the attacker’s behavior. If the assault was especially violent and heinous, the attacker will likely be ordered to pay punitive damages to the victim.
Additional factors that may influence the compensation you can receive for your damages include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The level of responsibility of the attacker
- If you suffer from PTSD due to the attack
Miami Sexual Assault Attorneys
Many people travel down to Miami to enjoy the party scene, visit nearby beaches, and spend time with friends. Unfortunately, some individuals do experience sexual assault on what is supposed to be a carefree vacation. If you were assaulted when staying at a Miami resort, contact Mitchell & West, LLC today. We are here for you and we want to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.