News and information regarding lawsuits and litigation for victims of sexual assault and abuse. Authored by sexual assault victim's attorney, Steven M. Sweat (California sexual assault and abuse victims attorneys and lawyers). For more information go to:
Friday, December 11, 2015
What If I Got An STD From a Sexual Assault?
many physical and emotional injuries that can arise from a sexual assault,
including depression, infertility, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and
more. Not only do California laws hold sexual assailants criminally responsible
for their actions, but the law also allows a victim to file a legal claim for
personal injury to hold their assailants civilly and financially liable for the
harm they caused.
these conditions not only require serious medical attention and treatment but
can also cause difficulties in a victim's life. They may have to disclose to
future potential sexual partners that they have an STD and may suffer emotional
distress as a result of their disease.
delay pursuing a claim
a sexual assault, serving as a witness in the resulting criminal case, and
seeking treatment for physical injuries, emotional issues, and STDs stemming
from the attack can all be overwhelming. It is understandable that a sexual
assault victim may be reluctant to add another potential stressor to their
plate. However, it is important to discuss your legal rights with a lawyer as
soon as you are able. California's statute of limitations2 only provides an individual with
two years from the date of the injury during which to file a personal injury
claim and, if you miss that deadline, you may likely lose your right to recover
for your losses.
news is that an experienced CA sex abuse and assault victims attorney can guide
you through every step of the legal process so that you can obtain compensation
in the most efficient and least stressful way possible. These cases take time
to prepare, though, so you should not delay in contacting a California sexual
assault injury lawyer for help.
Steven M. Sweat, APC 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 450 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 944-0993