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Melbourne Sexual Abuse Lawyers

After sexual abuse occurs, many do not know that criminal prosecution of a sexual abuser is not their only recourse. They have the ability to sue for damages in court.

For over 30 years, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has helped those suffering serious injury receive compensation. With over $100 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements, we understand the stories of abuse survivors and have a history of helping them get compensation for the damages they’ve faced.

Our success in the courtroom has led to placement in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, amongst other accolades. Our founder, Doug Beam, receives million dollar settlements and verdicts regularly and our managing attorney, Riley Beam, received a $28.5 Million Dollar verdict in his first jury trial.

We listen to abuse survivors. We are here to help. Interested in understanding your legal options? Take this short quiz or call us at (321) 723-6591 for a completely free and absolutely confidential consultation.

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Our founder started the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit

In the 1980’s our founder, Doug Beam, was a prosecutor starting the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit in Brevard County, Florida. His team helped prosecute sexual offenders across Brevard County and set a reputation for Doug Beam as a defender of survivors of sexual abuse.

Since moving into private practice over 30 years ago, Doug Beam and the sexual abuse lawyers at his firm, have made a name for themselves taking on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovering over $100 Million Dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our team of sexual abuse and assault lawyers have an understanding of how to win cases against sexual predators criminally and civilly.

Our reputation as one of the best personal injury law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County and Central Florida comes from the trust of our community. This trust has led to awards like placement on the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, listing as a Super Lawyer and a 10/10 Superb Avvo Rating. We’ve grown because of our results and how we treat our clients. If you’re looking for an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, give us a call. It’s always free and always fast.

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Six-Figures for Sex Abuse Survivors

Our firm has worked with families across central Florida in cases that involve sexual abuse. In some circumstances, we have helped families recover six-figure settlements.

Do I Need a Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

Every 73 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. With over 500,000 people being sexually abused every year, the scope of the sex abuse problem in the United States is rarely understood.

Unwanted sexual assault leads to lifelong emotional trauma with some of the most extreme trauma being deal to child sexual abuse victims. Many victims of sexual abuse may be surprised to know that they have legal options for compensation.The perpetrator of the sex abuse, and any organizations they are connected to, may be required to uphold certain duties to the abuse survivors.

Every day, we are shocked to find how little perpetrators and the organizations they are connected to are willing to help survivors of sexual abuse. On average, we find that abuse survivor’s claims are undervalued by 2 to 100 times what we get for our client. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point.

Most abuse survivors don’t understand how much help they could be getting.

Few can understand how devastating sex abuse can be. What happens privately, often with trusted individuals, ends up costing the sex abuse survivor an enormous amount financially, emotionally and physically. To make matters worse, the entities that allowed this type of abuse are known for fighting sex abuse lawsuits tooth and nail. When it is time to fulfill their duty to survivors of sexual assault, they are often more focused on their image or their revenue than helping. A vast majority of the time, it is the entity's insurance company that is fighting this case.

The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019 by making sure they were paying out claims that were favorable to them. Great sexual abuse lawyers know these tricks. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our sexual abuse lawyers have brought in over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts and helped our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

If you or a loved one has suffered sex abuse, you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida sexual abuse lawyer. Do this as quickly as possible. Once unwanted sexual assault takes place, there are a number of entities who will, likely, work to discredit you. If you’re suffered any types of sexual abuse and are curious about what legal action you can take, complete this quiz or contact us for a free consultation!

What Type of Sexual Abuse Lawyer Should I Hire?

These three characteristics are a must-have for a sexual abuse lawyer:

Know Their Results

Find a sexual abuse lawyer who has a history of winning cases for survivors of sexual abuse. An experienced sexual abuse attorney will understand the incident, your injuries and what the unwanted sexual assault has caused in your life. Additionally, the right sexual abuse lawyer will understand your medical needs, emotional trauma and will get you the compensation you deserve.

Contingency Fee Only

Good sexual abuse lawyers take the initial financial burden off of the abuse survivors. The way they do that is through contingency fees. All that means is that the client doesn’t pay any money up front. Standard contingency fees are 33.33% of whatever is rewarded.

They Go to Trial

The majority of cases tried by excellent sexual abuse attorneys settle. Why? Because the organizations that allowed the sex abuse are terrified of going to court against great sexual abuse lawyers. Trials are expensive, time-consuming and, ultimately, can expose the organization for the types of sexual abuse they allowed. Entities that allow sex abuse fear sexual abuse lawyers that have the resources, experience and know how to beat them soundly in court.

In a perfect world, when sex abuse happens, we should be able to trust those who allowed for this to take responsibility. Unfortunately, most of the perpetrator’s insurance companies make their money by underpaying abuse survivors. When a sexual assault lawyer represents survivors of sexual abuse, the sexual abuse attorney will know how to deal with companies so that they fulfill their obligations. The sexual assault lawyers at Douglas R. Beam P.A. can evaluate your case during an initial, confidential consultation and map out a plan that details how you can get the compensation you deserve as a result of any unwanted sexual assault that took place.

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is any abusive sexual behavior by one person upon another. Perpetrators of sexual abuse often use physical force or other non-physical methods to take advantage of another person. Any use of a child, or an individual younger than the age of consent, for sexual stimulation is also a type of sexual abuse called child sexual abuse or statutory rape.

Sex abuse is very serious. Survivors of sexual abuse are brave in speaking out and often have to stand up against entities that are trusted and known in their life. If you, or a loved one, has suffered sex abuse, there are a number of resources ready to help you today.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. If you need someone to talk to, their team is available at 800-656-HOPE or https://www.rainn.org.

If you are an abuse survivor or a family member of an abuse survivor looking for legal help, you can also call our office at anytime at (321) 723-6591. Our team has experience handling sex abuse cases and can help you find the best next step as you consider bringing forward a civil lawsuit.

What Kind of Lawyer Handles Sexual Abuse? What is a Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

Two different types of lawyers handle sex abuse cases.

The first lawyer is a prosecutor and they handle cases in a criminal court. These lawyers represent victims of a crime and work to convict the perpetrator of a crime on sex abuse charges. These are the lawyers that a survivor of sexual abuse will work with after they report a sex abuse crime.

The second lawyer is a personal injury lawyer and they handle cases in civil court. Sex abuse litigation in criminal court goes under the category of personal injury. In these cases, personal injury lawyers who specialize in sex abuse cases work with the abuse survivors. Together, they work to hold the perpetrator, the organization they were connected with or their insurance company responsible for the damages that were committed against the individual. This can include suing a foster care organization for allowing child sexual abuse or suing a community organization for allowing unwanted sexual assault.

The sexual abuse lawyer will often work to make sure that an abuse survivors medical bills, counseling and lost wages are paid for. Additionally, they will work to make sure that their client is compensated for any emotional trauma they have suffered due to the unwanted sexual contact.

Hire a Sexual Abuse Lawyer

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Since the 1980’s, our firm’s founder has helped survivors of sexual abuse throughout Melbourne, Florida, Brevard County and Central Florida. The expertise that our sexual abuse lawyers possess and our record of successfully representing abuse survivors has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.

If you or a loved one has suffered sex abuse, call us today. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at help@dougbeam.com or fill out the simple form below.

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