Texas Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Houston Attorneys for Sexual Abuse Cases
Being sexually abused, especially by someone you believed you knew and trusted is an absolute nightmare for the victims. These actions are criminal and should be reported to the police. The harm done by these actions may result in a lifetime of physical and psychological care for the victims.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have had success obtaining settlements for sexual molestation and sexual abuse cases where the abusor is in a special position of power or knowledge over the victim and/or the victims parents. Some of examples these situations include being abused by:
- Members of the Clergy
- Teachers at Private Schools & Colleges
- Other kids with past histories of sexual abuse
Call us for a free consultation to discuss whether your case falls into this category. (713) 932-0777.
Sexual Abuse by Pastors, Youth Ministers and Other Clergy
Churches have an obligation to do a background check on anyone they place in a special position of power and trust, particularly when they will work in isolated circumstances with children. When a Pastor or youth minister is not properly vetted or a church ignores reports of sexual misconduct of a church employee, the church may bear responsibility for the harm done. Call us for a free confidential consultation today.
Sexual Abuse by a Teacher at a Private School, College or University
Many public schools are shielded from liability for the actions of their employees by the sovereign immunity laws. Similarly, homeowners policies will exclude liability for intentional acts by the homeowner.
However, when the school is a private school, private university or private college, there may be legal recourse if the professor/teacher was not properly screened at the time of hiring. Background checks are critical when placing someone in a position of authority over students. If you have been sexually abused or molested by a school employee at a private school or university, you may have legal recourse. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free confidential consultation today.
Sexual Abuse or Molestation by Medical/Dental Professional
We have a right to expect medical professionals and dental professionals to take care of us with respect for our persons and our privacy. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Improper sexual contact may when you are under the effects of anesthesia or even when you are wide awake in the exam room. If this happens in Texas, your claim for personal injuries falls under the requirements of the Texas Health Care Liability Act. It is important that you follow the notice and report requirements of the Act in order to preserve your claim. Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a confidential assessment of your case.
Other Persons Homes and/or House Parties
If you have been sexually molested at the home of another person, whether you were there visiting or at a party, you may have legal recourse. In some instances, homeowners insurance will exclude coverage due to the act being an intentional act. However, when the actor is the child of the homeowner and has a history of abuse or the parent allows underage drinking or drug use in the home that leads to sexual contact, there may be civil liability for the parent’s negligence that is covered by the homeowner’s policy.
Extended Statute of Limitations
Children receive extra consideration for the legal system due to their youthfulness. As a result, many personal injury claims based upon sexually-oriented crimes against minors have an extended statute of limitations. There is a fifteen-year statute of limitations for sex crimes against minors in Texas. This is an exception to the general 2 year statute of limitations on personal injuries.
Adults who have been sexually abused also have a slightly longer statute of limitations than normal. Adults who are victims of sex crimes have a 5 year statute of limitations in Texas.
Other states have different periods set by state statute. If your assault occurred in another state, you should check the statute of limitations of your state.
Free Confidential Consultation
If you or your child has been sexually molested and or sexually abused, one of our personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. offers a free, confidential consultation. If we take on your case, you pay us nothing up front and no fees or expenses unless we make a recovery for you. Call today: (713) 932-0777.
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Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.