Jacksonville Sexual Abuse Lawyer

March 15, 2024 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

People of any gender identity or age may become sexual abuse victims. Sexual abuse can cause the survivor to experience extensive physical, emotional, and mental injuries. These crimes are often hidden and unreported due to fear, embarrassment, or pressure from the abuser. We know facing an abuser can be frightening and overwhelming. However, you don't have to go through it alone.

The Jacksonville sexual abuse lawyers at Dolman Law Group have made it our mission to protect and empower survivors when they are ready to report sexual abuse and fight for justice. We have conveniently located offices in Jacksonville if you need a lawyer to protect your legal rights after you have suffered sexual abuse. Even if you simply want to know more about the legal process, reach out for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation with one of our empathetic legal professionals.

The person who sexually assaulted you is liable for your injuries, whether they are physical, emotional, or mental. If multiple parties assaulted you on the same occasion, or someone allowed another person to abuse you, a dedicated sexual abuse attorney in our Jacksonville office could explain if one or all of them could be held responsible for your abuse.

Am I Eligible for Compensation After Suffering Sexual Abuse?

Some sexual abuse survivors blame themselves for what happened to them. However, it doesn't matter what you wore or where you went. You have the right to say no, and no one is permitted to sexually abuse you.

Of course, if someone willingly had sex with another person, they would not be eligible for compensation under the law. On the other hand, if force was involved or the victim was unable to give consent, they could be eligible for compensation. Potential legal damages could include compensation for pain and suffering, medical care, lost wages, etc. Many survivors may face trauma such as PTSD for a long time, as well.

Our sexual abuse attorneys can evaluate your injuries and losses while considering what you have already been through and what you expect to go through in the future. Our compassionate injury lawyers can also speak with your medical team to understand any physical injuries you sustained in the attack. All of these injuries could affect the value of your claim.

What Does It Cost to Hire a Jacksonville Abuse Lawyer?

Law firms may have different policies about legal fees. Some law firms charge an hourly rate. This is when you pay them a certain amount per hour for the time they dedicate to your case. Other law firms use a flat fee agreement, which means you pay them a specific amount of money, either in one lump or in a series of regular payments.

Most personal injury attorneys, including the skilled injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group, offer clients a contingency fee arrangement instead of hourly or flat rate fees. In a contingency fee agreement, you pay nothing upfront or throughout the case. You will only pay attorney's fees if and when they successfully resolve your case and recover money for you. If they don't win, you don't pay their fees.

At Dolman Law Group, we understand that many injured people are not able to pay legal fees when they are out of work and trying to recover compensation from someone who caused their injuries. We believe everyone has the right to receive top-notch legal advice and skillful advocacy, even if they can't pay for it in advance.

That's why we don't charge our clients a penny unless we win or settle their case. Basically, if there is “no recovery, there's no fee.” We have so much confidence in our abilities to help you win your case we're willing to bet our fees on it.

Is There a Deadline To File a Jacksonville Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

Florida Statutes § 95.11 imposes a statute of limitations on injury lawsuits, including sexual abuse. The statute of limitations is a legal term that establishes the amount of time a victim can file a lawsuit against the alleged abuser. Civil cases are determined by the time the victim is allowed to file a civil lawsuit to compensate for any sexual abuse they have been through.

In cases like rape, if the victim was a child under sixteen at the time, they must be allowed to reach sixteen to eighteen years of age to file a lawsuit, or an adult may be appointed to represent their interests. Different timeframes may apply depending on the case. Consult with a knowledgeable sexual abuse attorney to understand the deadlines that apply to your unique circumstances.

Our Jacksonville Sexual Abuse Attorneys Have Helped Others Face Sexual Abuse Situations and Recover Compensation

Many abuse survivors who initially brought their cases to a big law firm eventually hired the compassionate team at Dolman Law Group as their Jacksonville personal injury law firm. We will do our best to get you the fair compensation you need. Our lawyers have litigated claims against defendants large and small, including educational and religious entities, such as the Catholic Church and local dioceses.

We can advocate aggressively for your rights and stand by your side until justice is served. The dedicated injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group treat our clients like family, and we care for them throughout their cases. To understand how you will be treated when you partner with the Dolman family, take a look at some of our past clients' reviews, including:

“All this personal injury law firm does is put in hard work and dedication. They did an outstanding job handling my… case. Matt Dolman was on top of his game and his paralegal Karla was on the ball and kept me up to date constantly. I really appreciated the overall quality of service and as far as personal injury lawyers are concerned, they are most definitely top notch in the greater Jacksonville area.” - Saige P.

“...Outstanding service, work ethic, and just a great all around individual. If you are needing a car accident lawyer, Matt is the guy!” - Peter W.

“Solid service, all around warriors when it comes to negotiating, especially with insurance companies. The way Matt Dolman dealt with [my insurance company] was nothing like I've ever seen before. Talk about tenacity. Definitely the right way to treat your clients and make sure things get done.” - Ed K. 

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, understands that every client's case is different. Sometimes, we accept cases similar to the ones we have worked on several times before, but we treat and handle every situation differently to respect each client's needs and desires.

Call Dolman Law Group To Speak with an Experienced Jacksonville Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today

During a free, confidential case consultation, the Dolman Law Group team will answer all your questions and explain your legal rights to help you make the decisions that you are most comfortable with. If you decide to work with us, one of our Jacksonville attorneys will be assigned to your sexual abuse case, and you will receive their personal cell phone number and direct email address so you to reach out to them at any time. We also promise to keep you updated on the status of your case throughout the entire legal process, and you won't pay a penny of attorney's fees unless we successfully resolve your case.

To learn more, please feel free to contact the Dolman Law Group Jacksonville offices at (727) 451-6900 or fill out our online contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our legal professionals. We promise to listen to you, help you work through the details, and explain what your next steps might be. Remember, you are not alone in this battle. Our team is here to support you any time of day or night.

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Jacksonville, FL 32258
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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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