Sexual Assault Lawyers in Miami, FL
Hundreds of Millions Won On Behalf of Victims in Florida & Beyond
Sexual assault cases are deeply frustrating and traumatic, and sadly, the criminal justice system does not always provide for the needs of victims. However, a civil claim may be able to offer an assault victim the closure, justice, and financial compensation they need. With more than 200 years of collective experience, our Miami sexual assault lawyers have spent decades representing the victims in Florida and throughout the country.
Sexual assault civil claims can provide a plaintiff with compensation for:
- Psychological trauma
- Emotional counseling
- Medical treatment
- Loss of employment or wages
- Any damages resulting from the assault
Since 1984, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. has been wholeheartedly committed to serving the needs of the injured-including those heinously injured by sexual assault. Our lean firm size and limited caseload allows us to focus on your needs, not running an office. Limited caseloads also allow our lawyers to prepare your case more quickly, as more of their time is committed to your case than other firms could provide. This approach has allowed us to consistently outmaneuver and outwork legal adversaries in hundreds of cases. It has also allowed us to represent clients from across Florida, the country, and the globe—such as Peru, England, Australia, and Indonesia.
Speak with our team in a free case consultation-we can provide the answers you need while helping you figure out your next step. Call us at (305) 770-6335.
Our Experience with Sexual Assault Cases
In one of our proudest cases, our premises liability lawyers in South Florida successfully obtained justice for a client who was raped at a motel in Key Biscayne. Though her attacker was never found, our investigation found that the sliding glass window into her room had a faulty lock. Even more concerning, the motel owners attempted to fix the lock after the fact to hide their liability. We were able to successfully prove fault on our client's behalf, and the motel eventually settled with us for a confidential sum.
The Burden of Proof-What if My Attacker Was Found Not Guilty?
Even if your attacker was exonerated by a criminal court (or never caught, like in our previous case), a civil claim may still be possible. Criminal law is a different court system from the civil one, so even if a person is found innocent of sexual assault, they can still be found liable for the same incident in civil trial. That's because the burden of proof for the courts are different.
Defendants in criminal cases must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt-which means the evidence must be as certain as possible for a person to be found guilty of the crime. Civil claims, however, are proven based on a "preponderance of evidence." That means the evidence must prove a person's guilt is more convincing or more likely than their innocence. It's a far easier standard to meet, giving victims the chance to obtain justice.
Who Else Is Responsible for My Attack?
In cases where the attacker is unable to be found, other factors may allow you to seek justice. For instance, in the case above, our premises liability attorneys cited negligent security as the reason for our client's harm. Our sexual assault attorneys in Miami are thorough investigators, so if there is anyone at fault for your damages, we will discover it.
As a result, it may be possible for you to seek damages from:
- Hotel or motel owners
- Private security companies
- Lock manufacturers
- Universities or schools
- Alarm system manufacturers
If you're unsure about whether you have a valid claim, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain offers free consultations. It's simply an initial meeting that allows you to tell your story so we can explain your legal rights. If you have the ability to pursue a civil sexual assault claim, we'll tell you. If you do not, we'll tell you that as well, freeing you to seek another way of moving forward.
Contact our firm or call (305) 770-6335 for a free consultation as soon as possible. Let us determine if you have a viable case and what we can do to pursue justice alongside you.