Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse often adopt survival strategies that help them wade through the feelings of helplessness, pain, betrayal and fear they may have experienced as a child. These feelings and coping strategies can have long-term negative repercussions on the life and current behavior of the victim, causing a ripple effect.
If you’re the victim of sexual abuse and are dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse, please remember you are not to blame and you are not alone. The Minnesota attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence are experienced in childhood sexual abuse civil claims and will make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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- Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Permanent injury and disability
- And other general damages
The lawyer you choose make a difference®
The lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are here to help. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated. We are prepared to work diligently to make sure you are appropriately compensated for your medical expenses and physical and emotional suffering.
As the victim of sexual abuse, you may face lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, out of pocket expenses, and a mountain of complicated insurance claims. The insurance companies have experienced attorneys looking out for their interests. We believe you should have the very best attorneys looking out for you. Meshbesher & Spence has more than 50 years of experience of representing injured individuals and families and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
You don’t pay anything unless we make a recovery for you
When you hire Meshbesher & Spence, you will not be asked to pay any attorney fees or out of pocket expenses until you receive compensation for your injuries. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you will not be asked to pay anything. This means that you have no reason not to hire the experienced law firm of Meshbesher & Spence. It is important to act immediately to protect your rights. Call Meshbesher & Spence to speak with a lawyer to discuss your potential claim. You will receive a free consultation, and our personal injury lawyers are available to visit you in the hospital, at home, at one of our five office locations, or any place that is most convenient for you.
Here’s a list of the most important things to think about when choosing an attorney to represent you in your claim:
Research your potential lawyer’s experience and track record. This is key in verifying your attorney’s familiarity with cases like yours, their overall capabilities, and record of success.
Make it local
Sure the actors in those frequent daytime TV commercials touting the law offices of some large, important sounding firm might sound enticing but the truth is they’re usually from large impersonal referral services or scammy out-of-state firms looking to snag as many clients as they can without any real regard for you or your case. The same is true for those paid online search ads “trolling” for out-of-state cases. But the worst part is these lawyers don’t have any of the real hands-on experience with your local judges and court system, which puts them – and your case – at a distinct disadvantage.
Always hire an attorney whose practice is based in your state – even better, one in your specific town or area. (Meshbesher & Spence has four locations in Minnesota to serve you – and we make house calls!) Choosing a local attorney is not only best for the outcome of your case, as our extensive knowledge of your state’s laws and local experience will directly support your claim – it also helps support the local economy as well.
Contingency: You pay when they win
Simply put, if you don’t win – you don’t pay! This means that if you don’t win your case, you owe your lawyer nothing. A contingent fee agreement says that your lawyer receives a percentage of your settlement as his or her payment. Because you don’t pay out of pocket, you should not hesitate to approach established firms who may appear to be out of your league financially. You want the very best attorney you can get to take your case – contingency allows you to get the most for your money.
Remember it’s NEVER to your advantage to represent yourself – there’s a reason why it takes so much schooling and experience to become a successful lawyer. Since you don’t pay if you don’t win, you can afford to choose the very best in the business and give your case its best possible chance in court.
Whether your claim is medical malpractice, worker’s compensation or a something else altogether, make sure you choose a lawyer with specific experience in the arena in which your claim exists. Just as an obstetrician has a different and more specialized set of skills than a neurologist or rheumatologist, each area of law has it’s own set of idiosyncrasies and intricate complexities and it will serve you best to choose a lawyer who “does it for a living,” instead of a family friend whose focus may be tax or family law but who does some worker’s compensation claims on the side. Always seek out the most qualified professional for your best chance at success.
Word of mouth
Although word of mouth referrals from friends and family can be your best source of information, be sure to check your source carefully. Ask only people you trust, who have experience in claims (either as plaintiffs or within the legal field), and be sure to ask specific questions about what it was like to work with the attorney they’re referring, whether or not they would hire them again, and why.
If you know or have access to a defense attorney, ask them who their best adversary in the area is. Never choose an attorney solely because they are a friend of a friend, or are related to you or someone you know. These qualities do not necessarily make them the best-qualified attorney to represent you and your case.
The Minnesota attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. We’re skilled in personal injury, class action, criminal defense, and civil litigation. At Meshbesher & Spence, we are proud of the tradition of excellence upon which our practice is built, and continue that tradition in a relentless pursuit of justice for each individual and family in need of our representation. Our work is based upon the belief that the lawyer you choose truly does make a difference, and we believe that every Minnesota family deserves the very best. If you’re in need of an attorney, contact Meshbesher & Spence today for a free consultation call 1-888-728-9866.
THE MINNESOTA CHILD VICTIMS ACT
Through Minnesota’s Child Victims Act, a three-year window has been established during which adults that were sexual abused as a child can bring claims for civil cases against those responsible for the abuse. This includes claims that have been previously barred by the prior statute of limitations.
Minnesota’s Child Victims Act was signed into law on May 24, 2013 and expires in May of 2016 – the window of time to act is limited. In order to allow adequate time to process your case, the sooner you come forward the better. Contact a qualified attorney at Meshbesher & Spence today, if you’re an adult who experienced childhood sexual abuse and you have either not taken action or been denied action prior.
THE EFFECTS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Every year there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse made involving more than 6 million children here in the U.S. Roughly half a million of these children have reported being sexually abused, but they’re in minority. That’s because only an estimated 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they’ve been sexually abused — many never tell.
The sexual abuse of children is both morally and ethically wrong as evidenced by how much it can damage a person’s entire life. Aside from being robbed of their childhood, those who have been sexually abused have difficulty trusting people, problems with self-esteem including self-abuse, feelings of guilt, shame and confusion, depression, withdrawal from society, as well as identity problems, sexual dysfunction, and eating and sleeping disorders. Many of them suffer from repeated victimization, unable to break a vicious cycle that continues throughout their life.
THE BENEFITS OF COMING FORWARD IF YOU’VE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED
Closure. Although, the effects of child abuse go far beyond childhood, coming forward, talking about what happened, and bringing a case against the person(s) that wronged you, may help some people move on with their lives.
Prevention. Sexual abusers are known to be repeat offenders. If they never suffered any consequences for their actions,then most likely they’re still abusing someone. By bringing their behavior to light, and pursuing justice, you could be saving another child from the same torment you endured.
Compensation. Although nothing can make up for what you lost being the victim of sexual abuse, being compensated for your suffering can ease some of life’s external stresses, allowing you to deal with what you are going through on the inside.
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Sexual Abuse Lawyers