After you have decided that you, on behalf of your child, are going to pursue a child abuse lawsuit in Florida, you may want to know what types of damages are available in these types of cases. Even if you are still deciding if you want to subject your child to a courtroom trial, you should be aware of the many types of damages available in child abuse cases.
- Medical Costs – If your child was physically abused or sexually abused, he or she will have hospital and doctor bills. Your child should recover financial costs for his or her direct injuries. Additionally, if the injuries require future medical care, then future medical expenses should be recovered as well.
- Psychological Costs – An abused child will need professional help. Seeing a psychiatrist or counselor can be very costly, and a child may need ongoing counseling (even for life). Your child should recover for past and future counseling, psychiatric, and physiological costs.
- Mental Trauma – When child abuse takes place, children suffer mentally and emotionally. Your child should be able to collect damages for emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.
- Loss of Filial Consortium – This type of damage is for parents of the child who was abused. Parents may be entitled to file claims for mental pain and suffering; however, these claims can be restricted. An experienced attorney will advise parents if damages are available to them under Florida law.
To contact a Sarasota child abuse lawyer to learn more about your rights, call the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 or fill out a short form on our website to get your complimentary copy of our book When the Unthinkable Happens: Your Guide to Florida Child Abuse Claims.