Bradenton Sexual Abuse Lawyer

December 20, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

Propelled by the momentum of the Me Too movement, survivors of sexual abuse in Bradenton are stepping up and speaking out. Statistics vary, but an estimated one in three women and one in five men have experienced some form of sexual trauma. Many victims of sexual abuse were acquainted with their abusers and found themselves unable to speak out or ignored when they did.

Recognizing this, Florida legislators have removed the statute of limitations for childhood sexual battery claims. This means that anyone who needs legal assistance with a previous sexual assault needs to speak with a skilled Bradenton sexual abuse attorney today to discuss your case.

Survivors of sexual abuse in Bradenton may be entitled to substantial damages for any physical, emotional, or psychological trauma caused by the abuser. Whether you were molested by a priest or exposed to lewd behavior at work, you may have a civil claim for sexual abuse.

Take advantage of a free case evaluation with a Bradenton Sexual Abuse Lawyers at the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today.

Sexual Abuse Defined

Sexual Abuse in Bradenton

Abuse involves the unlawful behavior of one person that causes or is likely to cause physical, emotional, or mental injuries to another person.

Sexual abuse is a type of abuse whereby an offender causes harm through unlawful sexual conduct, including but not limited to:

  • Sexual battery/rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Molestation/groping
  • Indecent exposure of sexual organs
  • Masturbation
  • Solicitation for prostitution/human trafficking

Florida law uses the term sexual battery instead of rape and often references lewd and lascivious conduct. However, the Sunshine State criminalizes most deviant and unwanted sexual behavior.

Florida law even prohibits unnatural and lascivious acts that don't fall neatly into another category. You can hold employers liable for sexual abuse if an employee was a victim of lewd and lascivious behavior in the workplace. If you were the victim of a sex crime, you're likely entitled to bring a civil claim for sexual abuse in Bradenton.

Examples of Common Systematic Sexual Abuse Cases

Sexual offenders often abuse vulnerable persons through a course of illegal sexual conduct. Abusers commonly prey on children, vulnerable adults, and the elderly because of the unequal power differential between the parties.

This authoritative position often results in the abuser physically threatening the victim with harm or otherwise manipulating a vulnerable person into submitting to the sexual abuse.

Some of the most prominent systematic examples of sexual abuse today highlight this unequal power differential, including:

  • Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by priests - Characterizes cases where persons exerting spiritual authority sexually abused children and vulnerable parishioners.
  • USA Gymnastics - Characterizes cases where doctors or other medical professionals, coaches, and others used their status to manipulate and sexually abuse young girls
  • Boy Scouts of America - Characterizes cases where troop leaders, coaches, teachers, and older peers confused and sexually abused young boys.
  • Harvey Weinstein & Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse cases - Characterize how wealthy and powerful individuals used money and authority to abuse and manipulate others sexually.

Even sexual abuse cases that haven't made national headlines often follow this pattern. Sexual acts that aren't otherwise criminal become so when the conduct is unwanted or unequal.

The responsibility is on the offender to not engage in sexual behavior without legal consent. If he or she does so, it is likely a sex crime, regardless of whether the victim verbally objected to the conduct.

Cases Dolman Law Firm Handles

Sexual abuse can happen anywhere in Bradenton and throughout Florida. Unlike in other states, we are also close to the ocean and may have unique abuse locations like yachts or cruise ships that fall under maritime sexual abuse laws.

Some common types of sexual abuse cases our Bradenton sexual abuse lawyers have seen include:

  • Religious institutions: Abuse is rampant in churches and religious organizations, and we will hold them accountable. Survivors often suffer lifelong trauma.
  • Daycare, foster care, and preschools: These locations are supposed to be safe for children and almost like second homes. Unfortunately, sexual predators take advantage of these businesses and abuse children.
  • Hospitals and medical facilities: Patients and residents in nursing homes or treatment centers are vulnerable to sexual abuse. Some patients cannot speak for themselves, making these cases challenging. Living with your abuser can be especially difficult.
  • Schools, summer camps, and universities: These institutions must keep their students and attendees safe. Failing to take abuse complaints seriously, negligent hiring, or negligent supervision can also contribute to causing sexual abuse.
  • Spas and massage parlors: Clients should be safe, especially when in a vulnerable state. Clients place inherent trust in their spa and massage therapists, but abuse can shatter that trust.
  • The troubled teen industry: This can include boarding schools, wilderness therapy programs, and residential treatment centers. There are reports of staff and other residents committing heinous sexual acts.
  • Youth sports and recreation leagues: Sports teams or organizations like the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts have constant events where children are present. Authority figures, coaches, volunteers, and staff can be the perpetrators of sex crimes.
  • Cruise ships and yachts: This is common in Florida, and any harm you suffer can fall under maritime law. However, sexual abuse may also be part of a personal injury case that can harm the individual and others.

Signs of Sexual Abuse 

Signs of Sexual Abuse 

Sometimes, sexual abuse incidents are so traumatic that the victim doesn't come forward. If the victim is a child, they might not realize anything wrong has happened. Family and friends can be essential in identifying signs of sexual abuse.

If you see the following changes in a loved one, delve deeper:

  • Genital injuries 
  • Fear of certain people 
  • Sexually transmitted infections 
  • Not wanting to be alone with a specific person
  • Bruising around the wrist or other areas that can indicate forced sexual activity 
  • Discussing sex and sexual acts at an inappropriate age level
  • Change in personal habits like wetting the bed or refusing to change

Take any necessary steps to protect the person and then call our Bradenton sexual abuse attorneys.

Emotional and Physical Harms Commonly Caused by Sexual Trauma

Physical wounds are easier to heal than emotional ones. Unfortunately, the majority of sexual abuse claimants suffer from severe psychological and mental trauma stemming from the abuse.

Survivors healing from sexual trauma report suffering from the following emotional injuries:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety & anxiety-related disorders
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Night terrors
  • Depression
  • Self-hate/low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse & alcoholism
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many of these disorders are conditions underlying PTSD, which is one of the most common injuries suffered by victims of sexual abuse in Bradenton. Claimants may obtain damages for these emotional injuries as well as the physical impact of the abuse, such as bleeding, bruising, pain, fertility issues, STDs, pregnancy, and incontinence. An experienced civil sexual abuse claims lawyer can work with psychotherapists and economic experts to quantify your claims for a judge and jury.

Victims May Suffer Physical Injuries

Sexual trauma may also lead to physical injuries that require additional medical treatment and expenses.

Some examples of physical injuries include:

  • Genital and anal injuries
  • Bruises, cuts or scratches
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
  • Broken bones
  • Scars
  • Head trauma
  • Reproductive injuries

These injuries are a painful reminder of what has occurred. This can be overwhelming for anyone, but Dolman Law Group is here for you.

How Common is Sexual Abuse?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in three women and one in four men will experience sexual violence in their lives. Yearly, about 430,000 people in the county are victims of sexual abuse in some form, and about every 73 seconds, someone suffers sexual assault. RAINN also reports that nine out of ten reported rapes happen to women.

Many victims never report sexual assault; others lose their legal rights because statutes of limitations pass before they come forward. With so many unreported assaults, the overall numbers are much higher than agencies report.

Dolman Law Group empathizes with your situation. We understand this is a difficult time, and you should take time to heal and get treatment following your report of abuse. Let us handle the rest of the legal process. You will not have to worry about anything.

Persons and Entities Potentially Liable for Sexual Abuse

Regrettably, few sexual abusers have the means to compensate their victims fully. Offenders are often imprisoned, insolvent, or deceased, but Bradenton claimants may have other recovery options.

In addition to suing a sexual offender directly, the following parties may be contributorily or vicariously liable for the abuse:

  • The sexual abuser's employer, if you were abused on company property or by a working employee
  • The owner of the property where the sex crime occurred
  • A parent company or other overseeing entity, i.e., The Boy Scouts of America
  • A person who had a legal duty to report and prevent the abuse but failed to do so
  • Any accomplices who aided the abuser during the offense, such as standing watch
  • Any person or entity that covered up the abuse
  • Any person who aided the offender in escaping or fleeing justice

Generally, attorneys recommend suing all potentially liable parties for your damages. You may recover needed compensation from an insurance policy, such as an employer's liability insurance, while you fight to recover from a liable offender. However, Florida does not recognize joint and several liability, which means each party is only responsible for their assigned percentage of fault.

You cannot generally sue a state employee or state entity for your sexual abuse. This situation often arises when the Department of Children and Families knew about the abuse and didn't take action or a foster child was placed in a sexually abusive household.

However, Florida's Torts Claims Act permits victims of sexual abuse to sue the state after meeting certain administrative prerequisites. Recovery in such cases is limited to $200,000, but Florida law allows plaintiffs to petition the legislator for additional relief.

If you suffered sexual abuse while in foster care or the Department of Children and Families failed to prevent known abuse, call an experienced Bradenton personal injury attorney to discuss your claims.

Penalties for Sexual Abuse in Bradenton

Penalties for Sexual Abuse in Bradenton

The legal system harshly punishes perpetrators of sex crimes. Sometimes, a criminal penalty can even be a life sentence. Sexual battery is a second-degree felony with 15 years of incarceration.

Child sexual abuse convictions can have steeper penalties. Perpetrators may also be subject to federal criminal laws, often harsher than our state laws.

One penalty that applies to most sexual abuse cases is registering as a sexual predator.

These criteria may apply to cases involving:

  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual misconduct
  • False imprisonment of a minor
  • Child pornography
  • Kidnapping a minor
  • Lewd conduct in the presence of a child under 16

Laws also prohibit sexual predators from residing in specific areas where children may frequent. For example, predators cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, or other places children are. Authorities may also bar them from residing in subsidized housing.

When they register, the state will need the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Workplace
  • Birth date
  • Social security number
  • Fingerprints
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Photographs

These are only criminal penalties and do not directly compensate victims for their harm and losses. To stand up for the compensation you deserve for your abuse-related injuries, consult Dolman Law Group regarding a possible civil injury action.

Tort Claims for Sexual Abuse and Battery in Bradenton

Civil sexual abuse litigation is a subset of personal injury law. Personal injury attorneys handle various types of tort litigation. Torts are civil wrongs occurring when a person's actions (or failures to act) cause injury and harm to another. Florida recognizes civil claims for sexual battery and torts based on abuse, which includes sexual violence.

Civil Claims for Sexual Battery

There is no statute of limitations applicable to civil claims for sexual battery if the victim is younger than 16. Sexual battery is the equivalent of rape in Florida, but it covers a wider variety of sexual behavior.

Survivors of sexual abuse might have a civil claim for sexual battery if the abuse involved any vaginal, anal, or oral sexual penetration without consent.

Even slight penetration is sufficient to sustain a sexual battery claim, and this often includes any direct vaginal touching. The penetration does not have to be with a sexual organ and can consist of other body parts or objects.

Civil Claims for Intentional Torts Based on Abuse

Florida also recognizes torts based on abuse, including sexual abuse. This tort references sexual crimes against children, vulnerable adults, the mentally impaired, and the elderly.

However, it may support a general claim for systemic unlawful sexual touching. Torts based on abuse often involve multiple counts of sexual abuse and sexual caregiver abuse. Every unlawful sexual act may support a separate claim for abuse damages.

For example, if you were unlawfully sexually touched eight times as a child, you may have eight tort claims. An intentional tort claim for sexual abuse generally encompasses long-term abuse claims. It may be difficult to link your injuries to one crime, so sexual abuse survivors may claim damages against a defendant for tortious sexual abuse.

There is a statute of limitations applicable to intentional sexual abuse torts. Many victims must file their case within seven years of a child victim turning 18 years of age, within four years of leaving the control of the abuser, or within four years of discovering the sexual abuse caused an injury.

For example, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse might file a claim for damages when she first discovers her PTSD is linked to the abuse, even after the seven-year statute of limitations expired.

Generally Battery Claims

If someone touched you without permission, and you found that touch offensive or the offensive touch caused you damage, you may have a general claim for battery. Battery is presumed in sexual assault cases, but it may cover unlawful behaviors that walk the line between lawful conduct and sexual assault.

Claims for Negligence Against Non-Abusers

One of the most common tort claims is negligence. Victims of sexual abuse may claim negligence if a party or entity had a legal duty to protect them, breached that duty, and that breach resulted in the sexual abuse damages.

For example, if you reported that a college professor made unwanted sexual advances towards you, the university had reason to believe he posed a danger. If you are subsequently sexually assaulted, the university may be vicariously liable for sexual abuse and directly liable for negligence.

A qualified personal injury lawyer in Bradenton can often determine whether you have multiple claims for compensation based on sexual abuse. Childhood victims, vulnerable adults, and the elderly often have various avenues for compensation.

Internet Sex Crimes in Bradenton 

Internet Sex Crimes in Bradenton 

Technological advances have brought many benefits to society but also many challenges. The most significant disadvantage is that people can facilitate abuse online and commit internet sex crimes.

Some ways individuals perpetrate sexual crimes online include: 

  • Social media pages
  • Online chat rooms
  • Emails
  • Text messaging
  • Smartphone communication applications.

Police and other organizations are often also online, trying to catch predators before they harm children. Even with these efforts, sexual abuse beginning with online communications is more and more common.

Dolman Law Group stays abreast of laws applying to internet abuse and how they can impact your sexual abuse claim. Speak to our Bradenton sexual abuse lawyer today.

Damages Potentially Available to Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Successful plaintiffs in Bradenton sexual abuse cases may recover both compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages repay claimants for direct harm and financial loss resulting from the sexual trauma.

The damages may be measurable, such as medications, therapy, and substance abuse treatment, or intangible, such as emotional distress or pain and suffering.

Compensation is available for past losses as well as future anticipated losses stemming from the abuse. Expert economists may calculate the past, present, and future value of these intangible damages for a judge and jury.

Because sexual abuse is an intentional tort of a heinous nature, claimants might also recover punitive damages. Punitive damage awards are lump sum financial penalties, similar to criminal fines, aiming to punish the offender for intentional and egregious conduct.

They are only available against the offender or another person/entity that participated in the abuse. Punitive damage awards are not generally recoverable from insurance companies or in negligence cases.

Alternatives to Filing Bradenton Sexual Abuse Litigation

Many survivors of sexual trauma in Bradenton don't want to go to court. They may have privacy concerns, lack evidence, or know that actual financial recovery is unlikely.

No matter the reason, a qualified Bradenton sexual abuse compensation lawyer can discuss the viability of the following alternatives:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Legally binding arbitration and mediation may help claimants looking for a quicker means of resolving civil claims against liable parties.
  • National victims compensation funds - Victims of systematic sexual abuse throughout organizations, such as The Boy Scouts of America, may generally claim damages from a dedicated compensation fund. Accepting a settlement often requires waiving your right to sue the funding organization—and may result in a far lesser settlement than other methods of seeking compensation. Please consult us before you agree to such a settlement.
  • Insurance claims - If you were sexually abused on the property of another, you might file a claim directly with the applicable insurance company for compensation.

Litigation often results in higher awards for victims of sexual abuse in Bradenton. However, dedicated personal injury attorneys consider the expense, delays, and emotional requirements of litigation before recommending the best avenue of relief.

What to Bring to Your Initial Consultation 

When you schedule an initial consultation, whether it is for your sexual abuse case or your child, our sexual abuse law firm in Bradenton will treat you with compassion and respect. Dolman Law Group takes these cases extremely seriously, and we treat every victim with compassion and respect.

You might gather and bring the following to your first meeting with our team:

  • Police reports if you reported the abuse to the authorities
  • Health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare card
  • Umbrella or excess liability insurance policies
  • Testimonials from others like spouses, friends, employers, and physicians. These parties can describe how the incident has changed your life.
  • Witness contact information if anyone saw the abuse or can provide information about changes in your life stemming from the abuse.
  • Medical records, bills, and psychological treatment records
  • Letters, emails, text messages, and other interactions you had with the perpetrator
  • Any insurance company documentation if this applies to your case
  • Anything else you deem relevant to this sex abuse case

Of course, never worry if you do not have all these documents. We can discuss how to proceed based on the information we can review at your consultation.

You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of a legal consultation, as it only adds more to your plate in an already overwhelming time. Know that our Bradenton sexual abuse attorneys aim to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible for you.

Resources for Sexual Abuse Survivors 

As a survivor, you might benefit from all available assistance. This is a life-changing situation, and you must get proper support. You should heal and take time to get through this unfathomable trauma.

Some helpful resources can include:

  • Lauren's Kids: This organization uses education and awareness through campaigns to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • The Florida Department of Children and Families: They have a reporting hotline if there is child sexual abuse: 1-800-962-2873. 
  • NSVRC: This is a national resource that provides resources and information for responding to and preventing sexual abuse. There are online toolkits and resources for advocates and survivors.
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence: This resource provides education, advocacy, and support for survivors in the state. It is a network of victim advocates and resources for survivors. You may find support in your community as well.
  • RAINN: This is a national organization and the largest anti-sexual violence organization. It has online chat services and a hotline at 800-556-HOPE, which are not confidential.
  • The Trevor Project: This organization provides suicide prevention services and crisis intervention with a focus on LGBTQ youth. 24/7 online chat support and a hotline at 1-866-488-7386 are both confidential.
  • Victim's Service Center of Central Florida: This is a Certified Rape Criss Center. It is available in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola Counties. It offers advocacy and free counseling for survivors of sexual violence. You can reach their 24-hour hotline at 407-500-HEAL.

You may want to use these resources for support. They can connect you with mentors and others in your community who have similar experiences and offer help during this difficult time.

Legal options are also available; seek advice from a Bradenton sexual abuse attorney.

Bradenton Sexual Abuse FAQs

What does “sexual abuse” mean in Florida?

Florida law contains a few different definitions of sexual abuse. Generally, it is defined as any act of a sexual nature that causes or is likely to cause significant impairment to the victim's physical, emotional, and mental health. Sexual abuse may include threats or forcing a victim to commit a sexual act against his or her will. A single criminal act can constitute sexual abuse in Bradenton, but abuse often refers to a continuing course of abusive conduct by an offender.

Are there different types of sexual abuse?

Florida civil law identifies three categories of persons most vulnerable to sexual abuse: children, the elderly, and vulnerable adults. Sexual abuse victims falling into these categories may have claims for exploitation and neglect in addition to sexual abuse. Protections also exist to compensate and protect vulnerable parties who were abused by a legal guardian or caretaker.

The following definitions may apply to specific categories of sexual abuse in Bradenton:

  • Sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult - An act of a sexual nature committed to or in the presence of a person older than 18 who is functionally impaired due to sensory, physical, developmental, emotional, or mental disabilities, brain damage, or age-related infirmities, without his or her informed consent. Sexual abuse includes rape, molestation, exposure of sexual organs, inappropriate touching, and solicitation to prostitution or pornography.
  • Sexual abuse of a child - Any sexual contact with a child younger than 18, including but not limited to sexual battery, rape, molestation, indecent exposure, forced sexual touching, masturbation in a child's presence, solicitation, and even prostitution. Child sexual abuse also includes the touching of any vulnerable or sensitive areas on the child above or below the clothing. There are limited exceptions for consensual conduct between minor victims older than a certain age.
  • Abuse of an elderly or disabled adult - This category is similar to sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult but covers physical or psychological injuries to an older or legally disabled adult or actively encouraging any other person to commit such an act.

Adult victims of sex crimes who do not qualify as elderly or vulnerable still have a claim for sexual abuse or sexual battery in Bradenton courts.

Are sex crimes the same as sexual abuse?

While these are not the same, victims of sex crimes almost always qualify to bring a civil claim for sexual abuse in Bradenton. There are some limited exceptions for non-violent sex crimes against adults, but these are rare.

You may bring a claim for sexual abuse in Bradenton court and support it with evidence that you were the victim of a sex crime. The offender did not have to be prosecuted for or convicted of the crime itself, and lack of criminal activity will not bar a civil claim for sexual abuse.

The legal standards are different, and substantially less evidence is needed to hold an offender liable for sexual abuse damages than to obtain a criminal conviction. If the offender was convicted of a sex crime, you might use this as evidence of liability.

Can sexual abusers be prosecuted for sex crimes in Bradenton?

Yes, most of the time. Sexual abuse normally involves the commission of one of the above sex crimes, but it can also encompass non-criminal sexual behavior otherwise designed to harm the victim's physical, mental, or emotional health. Victims of sexual abuse may seek damages for sexual abuse, sexual battery, or battery and abuse in civil court. Unfortunately, sometimes the statute of limitations to bring a criminal case expires, the offender raises a defense, or there isn't evidence to support a criminal claim.

You can still bring a civil lawsuit for abuse in such situations, as the evidentiary standards are different than in criminal cases. If the sexual offender is incarcerated for a sex crime, a Bradenton sexual abuse claims lawyer may help you explore options for financial recovery.

How do Bradenton survivors of sexual abuse typically sue their abusers?

Survivors of sexual abuse may file a complaint in civil court against the abuser and other liable parties. They do not have to sue each party in a different case, and they can include as many claims as they have against the parties responsible for the sexual abuse. When you bring a case for monetary damages based on physical, mental, or sexual abuse, these are actually subcategories of personal injury claims.

Personal injury attorneys handle more than car accidents in Bradenton. This type of law covers any injury sustained by a person, including emotional wounds and sexual abuse is considered a serious injury in Florida. Typically, a local personal injury attorney will draft and file the case on your behalf with no up-front costs. Plaintiffs' lawyers usually claim a portion (about 33 percent) of any damages you recover in the case and then are reimbursed for any expenses they fronted. In some successful cases, the defendants may even be liable for paying attorney's fees and costs.

Personal injury cases involve tort law. Torts are acts (or failures to act) that cause unlawful injuries to another person. There are many different types of torts, from damage to a business to intentional infliction of emotional distress. Victims of sexual abuse often qualify to bring multiple tort claims. Still, there are two dedicated to sexual abuse claims: civil sexual battery and civil torts based on abuse.

In addition to these claims, victims of sex crimes may have cases for the following torts:

  • Negligence
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress
  • Battery
  • Slander

Individual claims may be filed against the abuser directly, such as sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They may also be filed against persons who had a duty to protect you from the abuse and failed in that duty, such as negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. In some cases, you might sue a person who verbally defamed your reputation when you reported the abuse for slander.

Can I recover damages for sexual abuse if I didn't suffer any physical injuries?

Yes. In fact, victims of sex crimes most commonly suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, substance abuse, social disorders, and mental anguish. These are all considered injuries in Florida. You may recover for these damages even if they are difficult to value, and expert economists can often submit reports to the court to quantify these claims. You may also recover for physical injuries, such as damage to sexual organs, STDs, pregnancy, and fertility difficulties, as well as direct medical expenses incurred.

Because sexual abuse is an intentional and heinous act, victims of a Bradenton sexual trauma may also claim punitive damages. These are extra damages awarded to sexual abuse survivors and sexual battery claimants in Florida to punish the offender for egregious conduct.

How long do I have to bring a civil claim for sexual abuse in Bradenton?

Every tort claim has a statute of limitations, except tort claims for sexual battery that occurred when you were younger than 16. There is no time limit for bringing a civil suit for childhood sexual battery in Florida, provided the statute of limitations didn't expire before 2010.

Claims for torts based on abuse, such as sexual abuse, must be brought within the following timeframe:

  • No later than seven years after a sexually abused child turns 18
  • No later than four years after it's first discovered that an injury is linked to the sexual abuse
  • No later than four years after the victim leaves the control and dependency of the abuser, such as four years from the time you legally separated from a sexually abusive spouse

Whichever period affords you the most time will likely apply to your case, but check with an experienced injury lawyer to know for sure. For example, a 35-year-old victim of child sexual molestation may still bring a civil claim for damages if they just discovered that the abuse caused their PTSD. If your sexual abuse occurred years ago, don't be afraid to contact a Bradenton sex abuse lawyer about your potential claims.

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Discuss Your Claims With a Compassionate Bradenton Sexual Abuse Lawyer

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If you suffered harm as a result of sexual abuse, the offender must be held accountable. You may be entitled to financial compensation for direct losses and, more importantly, for any pain and mental suffering.

Litigation isn't the only way to recover damages, and you may have a viable claim for sexual battery damages, even if it's been years since the abuse.

Call the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today for your free and confidential sexual abuse claims evaluation at (941) 613-5747, or you can write to us using our online contact page.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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