In addition, victims may seek civil remedies from third-parties in certain situations to receive monetary compensation for their injuries, harm, losses, and other damages. These are the kinds of cases personal injury attorneys can assist with and commonly involve the following scenarios:
- Institutional sexual assault – These cases are based on statutory and common law duties for institutions with knowledge of sexual abuse within the organization to report the abuse to an appropriate entity. Institutional sexual assault cases involve an employee or agent of an institution who assaults a participating member of the institution. Examples of institutions include schools, colleges, medical providers, nursing homes, governmental agencies, and churches. In many cases of institutional sexual assault, the two parties know each other (doctor/patient, teacher/student, caregiver/patient, priest/parishioner, for example).
- Housing property assault – These cases involve a victim being assaulted at a housing complex, such as a rental home or apartment building. In this type of setting, a landlord or property owner is required to meet industry security standards and governmental safety regulations to protect the safety of their tenants from foreseeable criminal acts of others, including sexual assaults. Common situations involve inadequate locks, lighting, security, or dangerous persons in “common areas” of the premises.
- Innkeeper property assault – Michigan law recognizes a special relationship is formed when a member of the public entrusts an innkeeper to provide temporary living arrangements. Hotels, resorts, cruise lines, online vacation rentals, and others holding out their property for rent to the public have a duty to provide safe accommodations to their guests. These cases are similar to housing property sexual assaults, requiring an innkeeper to meet industry security standards and comply with governmental safety regulations on the premises.
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Led by partner and attorney, Jim Graves, along with Michigan sexual assault attorneys, Stephen Sinas, Steve Weston, and Jon Homa, are committed to you and the justice you deserve. Don’t go it alone.
Our success isn’t just based on the compensation we obtain for our clients. Our true measure of success is making strong statements to organizations that fail to protect our loved ones from the horrible acts of others and serving justice to the individuals conducting these acts.
Victims of sexual assault can suffer a lifetime of physical and emotional damage. Oftentimes, the criminal justice system fails to prosecute the offenders or obtain convictions, terribly failing victims and their families. This is where personal injury attorneys step in. By pursuing a civil claim against perpetrators and other liable entities, justice is possible. We have experience successfully handling sexual assault cases in Michigan and Illinois. Rest assured, we will fight for you.
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If you or a loved one are a victim of sexual assault, you deserve justice, support, and to move forward with your life. In a confidential and free initial case review, we will listen to your story. Contact us online or call us at (517) 394-7500 today.
Additional Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault in Michigan
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
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