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Jacksonville Sexual Assault Lawyers

Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault in Florida

Undergoing sexual assault is highly traumatic for any person. From navigating severe symptoms of PTSD to recovering from physical and emotional wounds, many survivors of sexual violence feel like their lives will never be the same again. If you were sexually assaulted in Florida, you're not alone. Our Jacksonville sexual assault attorneys can provide the experienced representation and unwavering support you deserve. 

At Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., our compassionate advocates are familiar with the immense hardships and unjust legal hurdles that many victims face after sexual assault. That's why our firm is committed to helping clients and their loved ones navigate the legal intricacies of their claim, guiding their steps wisely within a justice system that often fails to prioritize their well-being. With over $10 million recovered for the wrongfully injured in Florida, our knowledgeable lawyers can fight tirelessly to obtain justice. 

If you've experienced sexual violence, our firm can aggressively protect your rights and pursue justice. Call (904) 295-1050 to schedule a free, confidential consultation. 

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What Constitutes Sexual Assault in Florida?

In Florida, sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not or cannot be given. This includes instances of rape, attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment. The severity of the assault can vary, ranging from nonconsensual groping to forced sexual activity.

As a victim of sexual assault, you may be eligible to pursue damages by filing a civil lawsuit. This right extends to children, adults, and elderly individuals who have been sexually assaulted or abused. To do so, the victim must prove that the assault occurred, and that the harm resulted from the assault. 

In some cases, the victim's family may also be eligible to file a lawsuit, particularly in instances where the victim is a minor or incapacitated (such as disabled or elderly individuals). 

Civil Sexual Assault vs. Criminal Sexual Assault

It's important to note that civil lawsuits are separate from criminal proceedings and can be pursued regardless of the outcome of the criminal case. Even if your sexual abuser is found not guilty in criminal court, you may still seek compensation in a civil case. 

This is because the burden of proof in criminal court is much higher and requires evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, while civil cases require plaintiffs to establish guilt by a preponderance of evidence (e.g., that it is “more likely than not”). 

Our skilled lawyers have more than 150+ years of combined experience helping victims navigate the complexities of their case and supporting them through each step of the process. We can evaluate your unique needs to maximize the value of your claim and pursue the fullest extent of damages possible.

Common Types of Sexual Assault Lawsuits

Victims can sue perpetrators for sexual assault after various types of sex offenses. Often, members of vulnerable demographics, such as young children and the elderly population, are at a higher risk of sexual assault, making it even more crucial to secure skilled representation from a qualified attorney. 

Common types of sexual assault cases include:  

  • Rape or incest
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Nursing home sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault in the medical setting

Recovering Damages in a Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuit

In a civil sexual assault lawsuit, victims can seek compensation for various losses (“damages”). Our Jacksonville lawyers can evaluate your claim to recover maximum compensation by identifying all available damages, including financial losses (economic damages), non-financial losses (non-economic damages), and punitive damages, which may be awarded in certain cases to punish defendants for extreme malice or violence. 

Some examples of recoverable damages in sexual assault lawsuits include: 

  • Medical expenses: This includes all costs associated with immediate and ongoing medical treatment following the assault, such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and psychiatric therapy sessions.
  • Future medical expenses: If the sexual assault resulted in injuries that require ongoing medical care or therapy, these anticipated costs may also be included.
  • Lost wages: If you had to take time off work due to the assault, whether for recovery or legal proceedings, you can be compensated for this lost income.
  • Loss of earning capacity: If the injuries or psychological trauma from the assault prevented you from working or forced you to adjust your employment, we can help you seek damages for loss of earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering: This refers to the physical pain and emotional distress experienced as a result of the assault, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and related conditions.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: This covers damages for the diminished ability to enjoy the pleasurable aspects of life due to the assault.

Remember, every case is unique. It’s imperative to consult a trusted sexual assault lawyer who can help you determine which damages are recoverable and ensure your claim is well-fortified with strong evidence. 

Three Decades of Proven Results & Record-Breaking Verdicts

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. is committed to helping survivors take the first step toward healing by holding abusers accountable for unforgivable atrocities. We understand the severe injuries and psychological effects that sexual assault inflicts on undeserving victims and their families, often leaving them with permanent scars. That’s why our firm offers aggressive representation and compassionate support for victims who are ready to speak their truth. Don't wait to take back your life after sexual trauma. Our lawyers are here to empower you to transition from victim to survivor by bringing your abuser to justice.

If you or a loved one has experienced sexual violence in Florida, contact us online to discuss your case with our trusted Jacksonville attorneys.

Why Hire Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.? 

While no amount of compensation could possibly make up for the unimaginable pain and trauma of sexual assault, seeking justice can empower victims to regain a sense of control and take the first step toward healing. As board-certified attorneys, our nationally acclaimed firm has a longstanding reputation for securing record-breaking settlements and proven results for our clients. 

We prepare every case for trial to ensure our clients are compensated fairly. When you partner with Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., you’ll put over 150+ years of experience on your side. Our lawyers have access to a vast network of critical resources to build a robust and well-fortified case on your behalf, empowering you to exercise your agency after unforgivable atrocities. 

From arranging expert testimonies to gathering valuable evidence, we’re here to walk with you through every step of the process. 

As your legal representative, we’ll provide:     

  • Personalized representation: Our team has over 150+ years of combined experience securing personalized results and top national verdicts for our clients. Our impressive track record of record-breaking settlements is a testament to our attorneys’ commitment to truly improving the lives of our clients. 
  • Knowledgeable advocacy: Navigating the legal intricacies of your claim can be challenging and confusing, especially while recovering from sexual violence and trauma. We can help you take the first courageous step toward justice by guiding your steps with wisdom and integrity to ensure you feel supported and fully informed. 
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We Are Edwards & Ragatz

Explore What Sets Us Apart
  • Innovative & Strategic Legal Strategies
    At Edwards & Ragatz, we offer custom legal strategies tailored to your situation. Our approach ensures that we collect higher settlements than what an insurance adjuster might offer.
  • Committed to Quality Legal Counsel
    Our commitment to a compassionate legal process means we speak with you on-site at the accident location, offer flexible meeting times, manage paperwork on your behalf, and provide consistent updates.
  • Proven Legal Experience & Advocacy

    With more than 150+ years of combined legal experience, we have taken on multiple million-dollar corporations and received recoveries through the relentless pursuit of justice.