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Boulder City NV Sexual Assault Lawyers



We Fight for the Rights of Sexual Assault Victims in Boulder City, Nevada 

At High Stakes Injury Law, our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers are tireless advocates for victims rights. We are committed to fighting for justice for victims of sexual assault—and that means hold any negligent third parties accountable. With more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts recovered for victims and families, our firm is on the side of people who need legal help the most. If you or your loved one was the victim of sexual assault, we are here to help you get justice. Contact our Boulder City sexual assault attorney today for a free, strictly confidential initial consultation. 

More Than One in Four People Experience Sexual Assault

The sad reality is that sexual crimes including sexual abuse remain an all-too pervasive problem in our society—with more than one in four people experiencing it at some point in their lives (National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)). It is a staggering and heartbreaking statistic highlights the widespread nature of sexual violence, affecting individuals regardless of age, gender, or background. The women and especially younger women, are disproportionately victims of sexual misconduct.  If you have been a victim of sexual violence, including sexual abuse. Contact our sexual abuse attorneys today for a free initial consultation. We are happy to discuss your options before filing a sexual assault charge.

Criminal Charges Can Be Brought Against the Offender

Sexual violence is a very serious criminal offense. Victims of sexual violence have the right to see their offenders face criminal charges, which can lead to imprisonment and other penalties, potentially including life-time registration as a sex offender. Victims can also pursue civil lawsuits against the perpetrator. While criminal proceedings focus on penalizing the offender for breaking the law, civil cases aim at compensating the victim for their losses and suffering. Unfortunately, offenders often may lack the resources to fully compensate their victims. That being said, third parties can also be civilly liable for sexual assault if their negligence contributed to the incident. Reach out to our sexual abuse lawyers for a free case evaluation and we can fill you in on the legal process in these kinds of cases.

A Third Party May Be Liable for Sexual Assault (Negligence)

In Nevada, many civil sexual assault claims including those involving sexual abuse are pursued against third party defendants. A third party can be held responsible for sexual assault if their negligence or failure to ensure a safe environment contributed to the crime. Here are four examples where a third party may be found liable:

  • An Apartment Complex: If an apartment complex in Boulder City fails to implement adequate security measures and a resident or other guest is sexually assaulted as a result, the complex may be held liable for not maintaining a safe living environment. For example, broken locks at an apartment complex could be a safety hazard that contributes to assault. 
  • A Hotel: Hotels in Boulder City must ensure the safety and security of their guests. If an assault occurs because of lax security measures—from as broken door locks to malfunctioning windows to inadequate surveillance at the entrance—the hotel can be liable for failing to protect its guests
  • A Business: Businesses in Boulder City must ensure the safety of both employees and customers. If a business neglects to conduct proper background checks on employees or ignores reports of inappropriate behavior, and an assault occurs on their premises or by their staff, they can be held accountable.
  • A School: Educational institutions in Boulder City are responsible for the safety of their students. If a school fails to properly investigate complaints of sexual harassment or assault, or does not take adequate steps to prevent such incidents on campus, it can be held liable for the harm students suffer as a result.

Each of these examples highlights the importance of third parties in maintaining safe environments and the legal obligations they have to prevent sexual assault. An institution that fails to properly protect people could potentially be legally liable for a sexual assault. 

Be Proactive: A Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Most Claims

Under Nevada law (N.R.S. § 11.190), most sexual assault claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. In other words, a claim—including a lawsuit against a negligent third party such as an apartment complex, business, or institution—must be filed within two years of the assault. If legal action is not taken in a timely manner, then the case may be dismissed. However, there is a special law in place for minors who were victimized. A minor may have an additional twenty years after his or her 18th birthday to file a civil lawsuit (N.R.S. § 11.215). 

Recovering Compensation for Sexual Assault Victims in Boulder City

Through a civil sexual assault claim, victims have the right to pursue financial compensation for out-of-pocket costs, intangible losses, and, potentially, punitive damages. These claims can be challenging for any person to take on. Further, a criminal conviction can be difficult as well. Sometimes justice may only be found in filing a civil claim against the perpetrator or a third party contributor. The right legal representation can help to make the difference. Our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers fight for the maximum compensation for victims and families. Financial compensation may include: 

  • Emergency medical costs; 
  • Hospital bills and other medical care; 
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitative support; 
  • Mental health counseling; 
  • Loss of wages and loss of earning power; 
  • Pain and suffering & emotional harm; 
  • Disability, disfigurement, or long-term impairment; and
  • Punitive damages. 

Punitive damages are financial compensation awarded in legal cases that go beyond simply reimbursing the plaintiff for losses. Instead, They are intended to punish the defendant for particularly egregious or malicious behavior and to serve as a deterrent to others from committing similar acts. In Nevada, punitive damages may potentially be recovered against a third party in a civil sexual assault claim if that third party’s negligence was especially egregious. If you have any questions about punitive damages, our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers can help. 

Civil Sexual Assault Claims in Boulder City: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What is a Civil Sexual Assault Case?

A civil sexual assault case is a legal action where the victim of sexual assault seeks compensation for the harm they’ve endured from the perpetrator. Unlike criminal cases, which aim to punish the offender, civil cases focus on providing relief to the victim for damages such as medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages, and other damages. 

When is a Third Party Liable for Sexual Assault in Nevada?

Yes. Indeed, most civil sexual assault cases are brought against third parties instead of against the person who committed the sex crimes. A third party may be liable for sexual attacks in Nevada if they failed to provide reasonable security measures, properly vet employees, or otherwise negligently allowed the assault to occur. Examples include businesses, schools, and landlords who have a duty to ensure safe environments. If their negligence directly contributes to the assault, they can be held accountable in court, offering victims another avenue for seeking justice and compensation.

Can the Statute of Limitations Be Extended in a Civil Sexual Assault Claim in Nevada?

Yes. While the general statute of limitations for a civil sexual assault claim in Nevada is two years, a person who was a minor at the time of the crime has far longer to take legal action. For any sexual assault occurring against a minor after 2011, there is a 20 year statute of limitations to bring a civil legal claim in Nevada. 

Why Trust High Stakes Injury Law for a Civil Sexual Assault Claim

Civil sexual assault claims are notoriously complex. These cases must be handled with the highest degree of care, compassion, sensitivity, and professional skill. Our founder Scott Poisson has fought for the rights of victims and families in high stakes cases in Nevada for more than three decades. We are proactive. Among other things, our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers will: 

  • Conduct a free, comprehensive, and confidential review and assessment of your case; 
  • Answer your legal questions and explain your rights and your options; 
  • Investigate the attack—gathering the evidence needed to establish liability; and
  • Take your sexual assault case as far as needed to get the best results. 

We provide personalized, solutions-focused legal representation to victims. Every client of High Stakes Injury Law deserves top-tier legal representation. We encourage you to check out the reviews from our clients, or history of case results, and to reach out to our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers directly with any specific questions or concerns about your case. 

We Handle Civil Sexual Assault Claims in Boulder City On Contingency

We represent sexual assault victims in civil claims on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee is an arrangement where a lawyer’s payment is based on the outcome of a case—meaning clients only pay if they win their case. It removes financial barriers to legal representation and aligns the interests of the client and attorney. You never have to worry about out-of-pocket legal fees with High Stakes Injury Law. Initial consultations are always free and strictly confidential.

Contact Our Boulder City Civil Sexual Assault Attorney Today

At High Stakes Injury Law, our Boulder City sexual assault lawyers provide compassionate, reliable, and justice-focused advocacy to victims. Negligent third parties must be held accountable for attacks that happen on their watch. If you have questions about your rights or options, we can help. Call us now or connect with us online for a free, completely confidential initial appointment. We represent sexual assault victims in civil claims in Boulder City and throughout Clark County.

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