Tampa Sexual Assault Lawyer

Were you or a loved one sexually assaulted in Tampa, FL? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering–regardless of whether the attacker is facing criminal charges. An experienced Tampa sexual assault lawyer at Catania & Catania, P.A. can help you fight for the maximum compensation possible. 

Our lawyers have been serving victims in Tampa, FL, since 1992. We’ve recovered more than $500 million dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients.

Are you interested in learning more about how our proven track record of success can help your case? Contact our Tampa law office at (813) 222-8545 to schedule a free consultation and get the legal advice you deserve.

How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help With Your Tampa Sexual Assault Injury Claim

How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help With Your Tampa Sexual Assault Injury Claim

Sexual battery is a criminal offense in Florida. However, sexual assault is also a civil tort. Civil courts compensate sexual assault victims by awarding them compensation from the responsible party.

If you were sexually assaulted, you deserve every ounce of justice the law has to offer. Our Tampa injury lawyers are committed to helping injured parties get justice in the form of financial compensation. 

We’re well suited for the task. Our elite personal injury firm holds Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent Rating,” the highest rating possible. Likewise, Martindale-Hubbell recognized us as “Client Champions” in 2020.

When you trust Catania & Catania, P.A. with your personal injury case, your attorney will:

  • Investigate the circumstances of your assault
  • Identify all responsible parties
  • Hire experts and specialists to strengthen your claim
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies and defense lawyers to maximize your financial settlement
  • Take the responsible parties to trial if they won’t play fair

You don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. With an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney in your corner, you greatly increase your chances of recovering the most compensation possible.

Our lawyers have over 28 years of experience handling complex injury claims. Call our law firm for a free case evaluation today and get legal representation you can count on.  

What is My Tampa Sexual Assault Injury Case Worth?

Factors that will influence the amount of your settlement or verdict include:

  • The severity of your injuries, including emotional trauma
  • The defendant’s actions
  • Your out-of-pocket costs, including medical bills and time off work
  • How the assault has changed your life

You won’t necessarily have receipts to account for your pain, trauma, and suffering. It’s also tough to know how much your future medical care will cost. You’re still entitled to compensation for those “costs”–both tangible and intangible.

Our attorneys can handle the complex task of calculating the value of your injury claim. We work with respected experts and specialists to estimate your claim down to the last penny. With their help, we’ll gain tangible evidence about how your physical injuries and emotional pain might impact your future.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims of Sexual Assault?

The emotional scars of unwanted sexual conduct can persist long after your physical injuries have healed. You deserve to be fully compensated for all of the damage a violent sex crime can cause. That includes both economic damages and non-economic damages.

Common examples of economic damages available to assault victims include:

  • Past medical expenses
  • The projected cost of future medical care
  • Lost wages and income
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Counseling 

Our attorneys will also fight to recover compensation for your subjective losses, including things like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and PTSD
  • Physical scarring

If your case goes to court, you may also be entitled to punitive damages from your attacker. Punitive damages are designed to punish intentional infliction of harm. Sexual assault is a cruel and malicious act; Florida courts may be inclined to offer punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.

Did you lose a loved one in a fatal attack? Our sexual abuse lawyers can help you fight to recover damages for funeral costs, loss of financial support, and more by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Are Damages Available if My Attacker is Not Convicted?

You may be entitled to full damages even if your attacker is acquitted or never charged with a crime. You may also be able to recover damages from third parties if your attacker is never identified.

The standard of proof in personal injury cases is much lower than in criminal cases. Criminal prosecutors are subject to a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard. In civil court, we only have to prove that the defendant was “more likely than not” responsible. 

Who Can Be Held Financially Responsible for Sexual Assault in Florida?

Under the comparative fault laws in Florida, all responsible parties can be held liable if their actions or omissions contributed to your assault. 

That, of course, includes the perpetrator of the crime. It’s entirely possible for a person to be held responsible under personal injury laws and Florida criminal law.

However, you might not realize that additional parties could share the blame for your injuries. Sometimes the negligent acts of others allow a criminal act to happen. Third parties can be held responsible for reasonably foreseeable criminal acts that they could have prevented.

Examples of parties who may share responsibility include:

  • Business owners, including restaurants, bars, and stores
  • Hotel owners
  • Landlords and apartment managers
  • Property owners
  • Day care centers
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Nursing homes and hospitals
  • The employer of the sex offender, if you were assaulted while that person was working
  • Government entities, including the city of Tampa

Our team will evaluate your case to determine whether any third parties share responsibility for your injuries.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries

Over 80% of women and more than 40% of all men experience some type of sexual assault or harassment during their lifetime. Sexual assault is a particularly violent sex offense. Victims often suffer extensive physical injuries. Some of those injuries can be life-altering.

We represent victims of sexual assault who have suffered all types of injuries, including:

  • Soft tissue damage
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Injuries to the genitals
  • Stab wounds
  • Facial injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Wrongful death

We’ll also fight to make sure you’re compensated for the emotional trauma you’ve suffered. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our lawyers in Tampa to learn more about getting legal representation today.

How Do I Prove Negligence in a Florida Sexual Assault Case? 

Your attacker can be held liable for the sexual assault in civil court regardless of whether law enforcement officials are able to convict on criminal charges. Personal injury laws hold parties accountable for their wrongful or careless acts.

Most sexual assault injury claims against third parties are based on negligent security. Property owners and others can be held liable for negligent security if they failed to provide the security that a reasonable person would have expected under the circumstances.

In legal terms, you’ll have to show:

  • The property owner or business owed you a legal duty of care
  • The party breached that duty 
  • Criminal activity was reasonably foreseeable
  • The lack of security precautions caused your injuries
  • The amount of damages you suffered

Property owners and businesses always have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for others. The level of security required depends upon a number of things, including past criminal activity in the neighborhood. 

In many cases, a property owner can be held liable for failing to:

  • Install video cameras
  • Provide adequate lighting
  • Lock gates and fences 
  • Hire security guards
  • Properly screen, train, and supervise employees

Failure to install adequate security is a form of negligence. Additionally, employers can be responsible for the violent acts of their employees. For example, if your loved one was sexually assaulted by a nursing home staff member, the nursing home itself can be held liable for damages.

You might not know who is ultimately responsible for your damages. Our Tampa sexual assault attorneys will evaluate your case for free. You can count on us to identify all responsible parties and fight to maximize your compensation award.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit Based on Sexual Assault in Florida?

Under the Florida statute of limitations, you’ll have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That four-year deadline applies even if your attacker is facing criminal charges. 

Handling a complex lawsuit soon after an attack can feel impossible. However, you’ll lose your right to compensation if you wait too long. Our legal team at Catania & Catania, P.A. can handle the details while you recover. All you have to do is contact our offices for a free case review to learn more about our practice areas.

Contact a Tampa Sexual Assault Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been sexually assaulted in the Saint Petersburg or Tampa Bay area, call Catania & Catania, P.A. to schedule a free consultation today. An experienced Tampa sexual assault lawyer can help you understand your legal options, answer your questions, and fight to maximize your settlement award.