At Hill Law Firm, we are passionate about putting an end to school sexual abuse in the San Antonio community. We represent survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against teachers, school personnel and educational institutions to bring perpetrators to justice. If you or a loved one is a survivor of school sexual abuse, our lawyers may be able to help you hold one or more parties accountable while protecting your rights and identity. Contact us today for a confidential meeting with our lead attorney.
Why Choose Us?
- We have reliable and experienced sexual abuse lawyers.
- We have built a reputation for excellence in sexual abuse law.
- We have years of successful case results.
- We handle client affairs with the highest standards in confidentiality.
When to Contact an Attorney
The civil claims process is separate from a criminal case against an alleged sexual abuser in San Antonio. The main purpose of a civil case is to reimburse the survivor for damages he or she suffered because of the abuse. It is up to you as a survivor or the parent of a survivor to bring a civil claim if you wish to pursue damages after school sexual abuse. Contact an attorney from Hill Law Firm for assistance. We can take care of the legal legwork of bringing a sexual assault claim against a school while you concentrate on moving forward. You can have total peace of mind with our lawyers on your case.
What Is Sexual Abuse?
Texas Penal Code Section 22.011 states that a person commits sexual assault if he or she intentionally or knowingly engages a child in any of the sexual activities on the list. It does not matter whether the perpetrator knew the age of the child at the time of the offense or whether the child consented to the sexual act. Any contact between the perpetrator’s sexual organs and the child or vice versa can constitute youth sexual abuse.
If a teacher knowingly and intentionally engages in sexual acts with a student of any age, he or she can be guilty of sexual abuse. Using a position of trust and power to coerce a student into sexual activities could qualify as sexual abuse. It is also against the law in Texas for college and university employees to fail to report sexual misconduct to school authorities. A student could have a sexual abuse case against a teacher, staff member, school or school district after actions that meet the definition of sexual abuse in Texas.
Who Is Liable?
When a staff member of any organization engages in sexual misconduct, the employer can be liable through the legal doctrine of respondeat superior (also called vicarious liability). This doctrine states that it is the superior’s responsibility to control the activities of the subordinate. If an employee commits wrongdoing such as sexual abuse, the employer will be vicariously liable. This rule holds schools responsible in most sexual abuse situations where the offender is a teacher, administrator, janitor or another employee of the school.
Your lawyer may be able to hold a school or the larger school district responsible for your sexual abuse incident in San Antonio. This could result in better compensation than bringing a claim against the individual responsible alone. Proving liability, however, will take establishing that the sexual abuse occurred using a preponderance of evidence. This burden of proof means the plaintiff’s version of events is more likely to be true than not true. An attorney from Hill Law Firm could help you prove a sexual abuse case using the proper tools, resources and strategies.
Are You Eligible for Compensation? Contact Us to Find Out
If your lawyer succeeds in bringing a sexual abuse lawsuit against a school or another party, you could receive compensation for you or your child’s damages. Recoverable damages in a sex abuse suit generally include medical bills, therapy costs, medication expenses, past and future pain and suffering, emotional distress and legal fees. The courts in Texas will allow your lawyer to demand compensation for the survivor’s economic and noneconomic damages.
Find out if you have grounds for a school sexual abuse case today. Schedule a free consultation using our online intake form or speak to an attorney confidentially at (210) 960-3939.