May 29, 2015

How is a civil sex abuse lawsuit resolved?


gavelThere is no one definite answer to how a civil sex abuse lawsuit is resolved. In most cases, it happens before a trial occurs as only a small percentage of civil sex abuse lawsuits actually make it to trial. Most are resolved with a settlement.

One possible outcome is financial compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering, loss of work, medical bills, or a number of other expenses. Even if the defendant is a negligent party, he, she or the institution can still be required to pay restitution. In addition to financial repayment, some settlements can be negotiated to include a public apology or the altering of an institution’s policies regarding sex abuse and hiring employees.

Some common third-party defendants that could be liable for the crime include:

  • Bars/Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Landlords
  • Religious Institutions
  • Employers

Civil Cases and Trials

You’ll have the options of mediation and arbitration if agreeing on a settlement becomes exceedingly difficult. However, if both parties can’t agree, your lawsuit could be resolved with a trial. In this case, the trial would follow much of the same format as a criminal case.¬†Still the standard of proof in a civil trial is lower than that of a criminal trial.

It’s important to remember that no two civil sex abuse lawsuits are the same, so it’s important to discuss potential outcomes with an experienced sex abuse¬†attorney. To learn more about the civil justice system, check out our overview page.