Sexual Assault Lawyer in Denver, Colorado
Sexual assault is a serious problem in our society. The physical and emotional trauma of a sexual assault can affect a victim for many years. A sexual assault survivor may require ongoing medical care and counseling. Sexual assault includes unwanted sexual contact, groping and attempted and completed assaults. Contact our Denver sexual assault lawyer today.
A business or organization that employs a sexual predator or sex offender may be liable for the assailant’s conduct. Many victims feel helpless to respond. Taking legal action after a sexual assault can focus attention on a business’s negligent hiring or lack of security and prevent others from being traumatized.
Colorado Sexual Assault Lawyer The Sawaya Law Firm
Attorney Michael Sawaya and the legal team at The Sawaya Law Firm are dedicated to helping victims of Colorado sexual assault. We are proud of the law firm’s heritage of justice. Our compassionate and committed attorneys take seriously our mission to seek justice for those who have been harmed through the negligence or misconduct of others.
The 12 core values on which our firm was founded 40 years ago have guided our success and enabled the firm to grow to more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members. The Sawaya Law Firm offers a free and confidential consultation to sexual assault victims. Our attorneys can review the details of the incident and discuss your legal options. We understand that the assault was not your fault. Nothing you said or did invited the assault. We are here to offer trusted counsel and support. Our Colorado sexual assault attorneys serve clients in Denver, Greeley and throughout Northeastern Colorado.
Can a Sexual Assault Victim Sue the Assailant for Compensation in Colorado?
A victim of sexual assault may file a personal injury lawsuit and demand monetary damages from the perpetrator and their employer or the owner of the property where the assault occurred. A rapist or sexual predator may face criminal prosecution. A sexual assault lawsuit is a separate civil lawsuit initiated by the victim, seeking monetary damages. It is independent of any criminal charges or criminal prosecution of the assailant.
As a victim of sexual abuse in Colorado, you may be entitled to pursue legal action against the assailant and the assailant’s employer or the owner of the premises where the assault occurred, if lack of security facilitated the assault.
A compassionate sexual assault injury attorney at The Sawaya Law Firm can help you understand the appropriate legal steps options available to you to hold accountable your assailant.
What Types of Organizations and Businesses May Be Liable for a Sexual Assault?
More than one party may be legally liable for a sexual assault. Businesses, organizations or institutions that disregard complaints about inappropriate conduct by an employee, have lax employee screening procedures and fail to take reasonable steps to prevent customers or guests from being sexually assaulted or abused may be liable.
Some common types of businesses and organizations named in Colorado sexual assault lawsuits involving sexual assaults include:
- Day care and child care centers
- Spas, gyms and health clubs
- Tanning salons
- Bars and restaurants
Property owners including owners of hotels, ski lodges, and resorts have a legal responsibility to prevent injury to guests on their premises and to take reasonable safety measures to prevent guests from being sexually assaulted. A hotel or lodge that employs a sex offender and allows the person access to room keys may be liable for assaults on guests committed by the individual by negligently failing to provide adequate security.
A spa or health club that employs a massage therapist who engages in unwanted sexual contact with guests and has a record of complaints may be liable for the therapist’s conduct. Businesses and organizations need to take seriously reports of sexual assaults or unwanted touching by employees or people representing the organization. Some businesses and organizations fail to respond appropriately. They disregard the complaints or try to make a problem go away by simply transferring a problem employee to another business location.
If the leaders of a school, church, or other organization fails to respond to complaints about inappropriate sexual conduct by a teacher, coach, youth group leader or other, the organization may be held legally responsible for failing to take steps to prevent sexual abuse or assault.
Sexual assault civil cases are complicated cases to pursue. A lawsuit may involve multiple insurance companies representing different defendants. You will need the help of an experienced and determined sexual assault lawyer in Colorado who will do a thorough investigation, identify all the potentially liable parties and build a strong case for compensation.
What Does the Victim Have to Prove to Hold the Assailant’s Employer Accountable?
An employer may be held responsible if negligent security of the property or negligent employment of perpetrator led to the sexual assault. As part of a Colorado sexual assault lawsuit alleging negligence by a business or organization, the plaintiff must show:
- The business had a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps to keep customers and guests safe from injury;
- The business failed to fulfill its legal responsibility;
- By its failure to uphold its legal duty, the business caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by the sexual assault victim;
- The victim suffered actual harm.
A knowledgeable Colorado sexual assault lawyer at The Sawaya Law Firm will be able to analyze the situation, discuss your legal options and help you determine the appropriate steps to take in your personal injury case.
What Kinds of Compensation Can Be Obtained Through a Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit?
A victim of sexual assault may pursue financial compensation by filing a sexual assault lawsuit against the perpetrator and other liable parties. The types of compensation that may be sought include compensation for:
- Present and future medical care related to the assault
- Lost income from missed work
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress including shock, humiliation, grief and anxiety
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium by the victim’s spouse
- Punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer for malicious and wrongful conduct.
Medical bills and lost income are also referred to as economic damages, while pain and emotional distress are known as non-economic damages. Punitive damages are limited to a sum equal to the total amount of economic and non-economic damages.
Our sexual assault attorneys in Colorado will gather your medical bills and consult with your doctor to estimate expected future medical treatment and counseling expenses as part of your recovery. We will submit a demand letter seeking full compensation reflecting the severity of the harm you have suffered.
Insurance companies representing the defendants typically try to resolve the cases out of court. Insurers do not want these cases to go before a jury. They are aware that sexual assaults and wanton acts of a sexual nature shock the conscience of the community and often prompt a jury to award significant damages.
If the case goes to court, you want an attorney who is a seasoned trial lawyer who can build a strong case, help you prepare and present the evidence of your personal injury case persuasively to a jury.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Sexual Assault Lawyer?
At The Sawaya Law Firm, we are committed to the belief that victims of sexual assault should not have to pay out of pocket to seek justice for the harm they have suffered. We offer free and confidential consultations to discuss your concerns and your legal options.
If we handle your sexual assault injury case, our attorneys handle your case on a contingent fee basis. We do not get paid a legal fee unless we obtain money for our client through a negotiated settlement or a court award. If we do prevail in the case, we receive an agreed upon portion of the final settlement or award to cover our legal fee and expenses.
Our Colorado sexual assault injury legal team will take seriously the harm that you have suffered and do everything possible to hold accountable those who caused your injury. We want to help you reach closure and move forward in a positive direction. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.