At Washington Law Center, we’re aware of the impact that sexual abuse and physical abuse can have on a victim. Our Washington abuse attorneys understand the harm endured by the victims of sexual abuse, child molestation, violent assaults, rape, battery and other violent criminal acts. This type of misconduct is subject to legal punishment that includes monetary compensation to the victim. Washington Law Center will launch a full investigation to uncover the facts that help to punish the perpetrator and provide financial compensation for the abuse victim.
Our Seattle abuse lawyers and Tacoma abuse lawyers understand that no amount compensation can reverse the victim’s mental or physical suffering. Proper compensation for the victim can help with the long-term recovery (counseling, medical care, etc.) of trauma for the abuse victim. Our physical abuse attorneys will help you to hold others accountable for their actions.
Washington Law Center attorneys will be compassionate in the handling of your abuse case. Our team of Seattle assault lawyers, as well as our Tacoma abuse lawyers, are prepared to provide a voice for you or a loved one. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We will discuss your options and what steps you can take at no charge to you. Washington Law Center has a no fee promise. If we do not win your case, you don’t pay any attorney fees.
Although the types of conduct that constitute an intentional tort can be easier to prove than negligence, these cases pose special types of challenges. A party who commits a criminal assault or engages in inappropriate sexual misconduct typically will not have liability coverage for this type of claim. The assailant also might have limited personal assets to satisfy a judgment or settlement. Even if the wrongdoer owns a home or has other assets, these assets may be depleted by the cost incurred defending against criminal charges.
The fact that intentional torts like these often constitute a criminal offense is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a prior criminal conviction can simplify the process of proving liability in a civil lawsuit. Criminal cases are subject to “beyond a reasonable doubt”, which is a higher burden of proof than a plaintiff must establish in a personal injury lawsuit in most situations. Therefore, a criminal conviction can be used to prove wrongful conduct like assault, battery, rape, sexual molestation or similar conduct in a civil lawsuit. The downside is that someone who has been subject to a criminal prosecution and now headed to prison typically will not have the ability to satisfy a damage award.
Loved ones seeking to protect an elderly family member from abuse in a nursing home in Seattle or nursing home abuse in Tacoma should be aware of potential warning signs. Nursing home residents might not be able to report inappropriate conduct because of declining cognitive abilities. Residents who are already the victim of brutality and abuse also might fear reprisals for disclosing staff abuse. Family members of nursing home residents should pay attention to the following warning signs:
Our Tacoma physical abuse attorneys and Seattle sexual molestation attorneys understand the importance of identifying viable defendants in these types of intentional tort cases. A large punitive damages award provides little solace to the victims of sexual assault or other violent crimes if the defendant has no assets against which to enforce a judgment. Priests, ministers, daycare employees and or school teachers often lack the financial means to pay a judgment.
Our Washington abuse attorneys understand the importance of an investigation to establish facts justifying the liability of institutions where acts of abuse can occur, such as:
When employers fail to conduct proper background investigations, those entrusted with the care of vulnerable populations of people, such as children, the elderly and those with medical and physical conditions can be victimized by abuse. Institutions that fail to supervise or train employees properly can also be held liable if caregivers/employees commit assault or abuse. If complaints or reports of inappropriate action are made to administrators or management, the failure to investigate and implement appropriate safeguards or remedial measures can constitute a basis for imposing liability on the institution.
Our Washington abuse lawyers handle the full spectrum of intentional tort claims, which include the following:
The thought of an aging loved one suffering severe neglect or abuse at the hands of caregivers paid to provide 24/7 assistance might seem almost incomprehensible. Unfortunately, abuse committed by staff and other residents in skilled nursing facilities is all too common. Although many state and federal regulations have been enacted to protect nursing home residents, gross violations happen daily in nursing homes in Washington and across the country. When these forms of misconduct are committed against elderly residents in nursing homes, the health, dignity and well-being of some of society’s most vulnerable population is threatened.
Data published by the American Association for Justice provides a troubling picture. There are over 20,000 formal reports of abuse, gross neglect and exploitation of residents in nursing homes and board and care facilities in a typical year. However, the number of incidents might be closer to 280,000 because only one in fourteen cases of abuse or neglect is reported to authorities.
Improper care and treatment of those in residential care facilities for seniors can be difficult to identify. One reason that nursing homes are the site of horrific acts of cruelty involves the high probability that such mistreatment will go undetected.
Sometimes elderly residents do not understand that they are being subjected to exploitation or abuse because of cognitive declines related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In other cases, the resident might recognize that the conduct of a staff member or co-resident is inappropriate but lack the communicative skills to alert administrators or family members. In yet other situations, reports are made to administrators who cover up the inappropriate conduct because of concerns about liability.
Mistreatment and negligent care of nursing home residents can take a wide range of forms that include:
These are only a few examples of common types of nursing home abuse in Tacoma and neglect in Seattle. Elderly residents in nursing homes often suffer harm because of staffing issues. Residential care facilities for seniors frequently fail to schedule adequate staff based on the number of residents. According to one report, 90% of nursing homes are not properly staffed to provide adequate care for residents. Nursing homes often put profits above patient care by failing to adequately screen, train or supervise caregivers.
Child sex abuse in Washington is classified as any unwanted or undesired sexual activity brought on by the use of verbal or physical threats or force. Children are almost 3 times more likely thatn adults to be the victim of sexualabuse or rape. The sad reality is that many of these crimes go unreported.
Examples of sexual abuse or explotation of a child:
If you think you need a lawyer for child sex abuse, contact the attorneys of Washington Law Center today.
In the state of Washington, pursuant to RCW 4.16.190 children’s claims for injuries are extended until they reach the age of majority. This means that children that have been the victim of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions have until the age of 18 before the statute of limitations begins to run.
Washington also has even more protections built in for children who have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse.
According to RCW 4.16.340, a child who has been the victim of sexual abuse may have much a longer window (potentially indefinitely) to file their claim and seek compensation from the perpetrator.
At Washington Law Center, our lawyers for childhood sex abuse have been able to pursue claims on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse well into their adulthood. In one case, our client was nearly sixty years of age. These victims were abused by clergy members, youth homes, foster homes, day care facilities, teachers and members of their own family. Sadly, these victims were unable to realize how childhood sexual abuse had been impacting them their entire life.