Experienced Sexual Abuse Attorneys Serving New Mexico and Texas
You should not have to go through this alone. We are here to help.
Sexual abuse is a crime under New Mexico law, punishable by huge fines, jail time, probation, and registration requirements for life. However, any criminal sentence for a conviction does little to help you get your life back as a victim.
Plus, if your abuser was never charged or convicted, you may feel that your options to get justice are limited.
Fortunately, New Mexico law protects victims of sexual abuse by also providing non-criminal, legal remedies. At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our sexual abuse attorneys in New Mexico have experience pursuing justice against individuals who caused the abuse or allowed it to continue.
Please contact our office to set up a consultation regarding your case, and read on for some important information about compensation for a sexual abuse claim.
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Legal Remedies Through a Personal Injury Lawsuit
You’re probably aware that you have legal options if you’re hurt in a car crash, on someone’s property, or in other accidents that weren’t your fault. Your rights in a sexual abuse case are similar in that you seek compensation because of someone’s wrongdoing. The difference is that negligence is to blame in injury-causing accidents, whereas intentional misconduct is behind sexual abuse.
These cases are called intentional torts, and you can file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation. To prove your case, you must show that you were the victim of sexual abuse and suffered losses as a result. So, you should note that a lower standard of proof applies in civil cases. You don’t need to show proof beyond a reasonable doubt as you would in a criminal matter.
Potential Parties to Personal Injury Litigation
You definitely want to hold your abuser accountable, but you may not realize that there are additional parties that may be liable in a civil case for sexual abuse. In some situations, there might have been some other person or entity with authority over the person who mistreated you. It may be possible to also seek compensation from:
- The school that employed an abusive teacher, coach, or employee;
- The church where the offensive minister, priest, or another member of the clergy served;
- A school group or troop that allowed the abusing individual access to children;
- Police officers and prison officials who did nothing to stop sexual abuse of prisoners; and,
- Many others.
There are multiple forms of compensation available in a sexual abuse case, as your losses are serious and life-changing. Monetary damages for emotional distress are the most common type, along with medical bills, suffering, and diminished quality of life.
We are still grateful to Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro for getting us through a challenging time with professionalism and expertise. Our case was handled with care and precision. This is a firm our family trusts and recommends without reservations.- Amy C.
Ms Chaparro is definitely a go getter and a person of her word. I was with another attorney who did nothing for the first couple of months, so I changed law firm. Ms Chaparro took my trucking case even during the difficult covid situation. She work tirelessly on my case and got me my 6 figure settlement she promised me. Definitely recommend her and her law firm.- Jackie Arms
Alejandro Acosta is a great lawyer. He gave us peace of mind and handled our case pretty seamlessly. No issues and just solid answers. No runaround and he settled our case with the outcome he predicted. I have sent his info to a few friends and family. Great lawyer!- Madison Hernandez
Contact Our Sexual Abuse Attorneys in New Mexico to Discuss Your Case
If you were the victim of sexual abuse, it may be hard to think that monetary damages could make the horrific experience go away. However, compensation may support you through difficult times. It can also pay for therapy to help you recover from the ordeal. To learn more about your rights, please contact Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. to schedule a free consultation. You can reach our offices in El Paso, TX at (915)308-1000 or Carlsbad and Las Cruces, NM by calling (855) 931-1345 or visit us online.