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If you were the victim of sexual assault by a dentist, you have the right to compensation. Silva Injury Law can help you with this process. Contact our firm today to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation. 

You Have the Right to Sue the Dentist

California law allows you to seek justice through the civil court system. You can file a lawsuit regardless of whether the dentist faces criminal charges. 

However, you must act quickly. California law only gives you ten years to file a claim against the dentist. The court may refuse to hear your claim if you wait too long.

Why File a Civil Suit?

While criminal prosecution can formally punish the perpetrator, it often doesn’t address the harm done to you. Filing a civil suit can help you create a personal solution for your physical, emotional, and financial losses. 

There are several reasons to consider filing a civil suit:

  • Financial compensation. Securing funds in a settlement or court award can reduce some of the burdens due to the assault and facilitate your path toward recovery. These damages may address healthcare costs, lost earnings, and mental anguish.
  • Holding the dentist accountable. A civil suit holds the dentist financially accountable for their actions and sends a clear message condemning sexual misconduct. You seek justice for yourself and help prevent future harm to others. 
  • Closure and healing. You can tell your story, confront the perpetrator, and get a resolution acknowledging the dentist’s wrongdoing. This process can be instrumental in your healing journey and help you move forward with your life.

Silva Injury Law wants to help you move forward after the dentist’s sexual assault. Speak with our firm today to take the first step towards closure.

Building a Strong Lawsuit

Building a strong lawsuit is crucial for victims of sexual assault by a dentist to seek justice effectively. Here are essential steps to strengthen your case and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Report the Dentist’s Behavior

Reporting the dentist’s behavior to the appropriate authorities is the first step in building a lawsuit. Contact law enforcement and file a report with the Dental Board of California. These organizations don’t tolerate a dentist accused of sexually assaulting patients. Your complaint will trigger an investigation and create a record of the assault. Even if the state doesn’t file criminal charges, you can still use these records in a civil suit.

Documenting the Incident

Keep track of all details regarding the assault. Write down everything you remember about the incident, including dates, times, and locations. Keep track of any relevant communications like emails or text messages. Likewise, gather physical evidence related to the sexual harassment in the dental clinic, such as clothing worn during the assault. The more comprehensive your documentation, the stronger your case will be in court.

Get a Medical Evaluation

Seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think you have physical injuries. A medical evaluation can reveal injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Additionally, consult with a mental health professional to assess and address the emotional impact of the assault. Your medical records and doctor’s testimony can help support the value of your compensation claim.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

An experienced attorney with a record of winning sexual assault cases will be your strongest advocate. They understand the complexities of these cases and the legal options available to you. Your attorney will guide you through the legal process, gather evidence, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

How Silva Injury Law Can Help You Get Justice

At Silva Injury Law, we understand the trauma and challenges associated with sexual assault by a dentist.  Our team is here to support you on your road to recovery and hold the dentist accountable. 

Free Initial Consultation

We offer a no-cost, confidential consultation to discuss your case in detail, allowing you to share your experience in a safe space and understand your legal options. Our attorneys will answer your questions about sexual harassment in dentistry and guide you through the legal process with compassion and understanding.

Personalized Legal Strategy

We understand that every case is unique, so we tailor our approach to fit your specific needs. Our legal team will work closely with you to develop a custom strategy to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. No matter what it takes, we’ll fight tirelessly to protect your rights and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Negotiating a Settlement

In many cases, reaching a fair settlement outside of court can provide a quicker and less stressful resolution for victims of sexual assault. This process takes a measured approach, so we’ll handle all communications with the opposing party and their insurers. Our trained negotiators will advocate for you to secure a settlement that captures the full extent of your losses. 

Advocating at Trial

If necessary, our experienced trial lawyers will fiercely advocate for you in court. We will present a compelling case that tells your story and seeks the justice you deserve. Throughout the process, we’ll keep you informed and empowered to make decisions in your best interests.

Schedule a Free Consultation

You don’t have to navigate this difficult time alone. Silva Injury Law has over 20 years of experience fighting for victims. Our compassionate attorneys understand the complexities of these cases and are dedicated to helping you achieve justice and secure the compensation you deserve.  

Schedule a free consultation today to speak with a California sexual assault lawyer.

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