Las Vegas Sexual Assault Attorney
Sexual assault is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can endure. Being forced into an unwanted sexual act against your will, or when you are incapacitated and unable to consent, can leave you with physical and psychological damage that may remain with you for the rest of your life. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you will work with law enforcement to have the perpetrator arrested. But although it may get a dangerous criminal off the street, a conviction for the crime of rape doesn’t help you with the medical bills, long term psychotherapy, and loss of ability to enjoy life that often results from a sexual assault. For that, you will need the help of a very experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney who will assist you in making a civil case to recover money in compensation for your damages.
In many cases, the defendant will be a property owner who has failed to provide an appropriate level of security to prevent this heinous crime. It might be a corporate or individual owner, or a management or security company of a hotel, casino, bar, or nightclub that negligently failed to protect you from assault on the premises, or it may be the administration of an institution that allowed an employee or other individual to prey upon you in a situation where you were vulnerable.
Where Sexual Assaults Occur in Las Vegas
Because hotels and casinos form such a large part of the Las Vegas economy, when the security is insufficient, sexual assaults may occur. Most hotels and casinos employ security staff, but their efforts are often focused more on protecting their money than in providing security for guests. The hallways, parking garage, elevators, and rooms of your hotel may not be monitored, and security personnel may not be available when you are threatened with an attack. Unfortunately, sexual assault is all too common in the hotels and casinos on the strip. Some victims are drugged with date rape or club drugs, including rohypnol (“roofies”), ketamine, or GHB, rendering them both incapable of consent and unable to resist the assault.
Other sexual assaults and rapes in Nevada may take place in schools, hospitals, churches, or even on the job. In these cases, the perpetrator is usually someone the victim knows and trusts, who uses this trust to get close to the victim. These victims may be particularly vulnerable because of their extreme youth, advanced age, or mental or physical impairment.
Even in the absence of a criminal conviction, you may be able to recover monetary damages in a civil action. The rapist may never be caught, or there may not be sufficient evidence to prove guilt “beyond as reasonable doubt,” the standard required for a criminal conviction. The standard of proof in a civil action is “a preponderance of the evidence,” which means that the defendant must be shown more likely to have been at fault than not. It is a less ponderous standard to meet. With a skilled civil practice attorney, you may be able hold the person who assaulted you or the business or institution that failed to provide adequate security accountable for your damages, even without a criminal conviction.
Damages Resulting from Sexual Assault
Damages caused by a rape are typically both physical and psychological. Physical damages may include:
- Vaginal or anal bleeding
- Inflammation or infection
- Vaginismus causing painful during sexual intercourse
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Psychological problems often outlast the physical problems that follow a rape, and may include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Post-rape syndrome
- Anxiety disorder
- Loss of self-esteem
- Depression and mood disorders
- Loss of ability to enjoy sex
Las Vegas Sexual Assault Lawyer
It is hard to talk about rape. But as hard as it is, it is important not only that you get the help you need, but that the perpetrator is punished whenever possible, and the negligent premises owner is held accountable for the lack of security that allowed the assault to happen. With a compassionate and experienced attorney on your side, you can help make Las Vegas a safer place while getting enough compensation to provide you with the services you need, now and in the future, to recover from the trauma.
Eric Woods in a Las Vegas personal injury attorney who understands what you are going through. He has helped many victims of rape and sexual assault throughout his thirty-plus year career. He understands that you may prefer not to have to relive the trauma by testifying publicly, and is usually able to settle most cases out of court. He has the superior negotiating skills that these sensitive cases require, and will work tirelessly to spare you unnecessary stress and anxiety while fighting for a recovery that will compensate you for both economic and non-economic damages. But if you do not receive a settlement offer that reflects the full extent of your losses, Eric is always prepared to take your fully documented and persuasive case to trial.
For compassionate and aggressive legal representation in your fight to recover damages following sexual assault, call the law office of Eric Woods to arrange your free consultation. Eric accepts cases on a contingency retainer, so there’s no risk to you: you will never pay legal fees or costs unless you receive money for your damages.