Daycare abuse lawsuits sometimes follow in the wake of criminal charges. The criminal charges usually mark the end of the abuse but, for the families, there is little beyond a bit of personal satisfaction in seeing an abuser sent to prison for a long time. For the families, the most important thing is being able to go on with their lives. Because abuse has such devastating effects on families, it’s sometimes difficult to do this and the financial resources required can be considerable.
Some of the Expenses
Your expenses may be very high when you’re trying to start recovering from an abusive situation. You may end up having to pay for counseling, medical expenses and other costs related to recovering. The money that you paid the daycare is something that they’re certainly not entitled to, given the situation, and the costs of the daycare that the victims already paid for is sometimes added to the damages.
An experienced daycare abuse attorney will be able to work with your family to come up with a realistic figure that you should seek in damages. You may also end up losing out on work and having other costs related to the abuse and your attorney will be sure to include these in the sum that you seek.
What Are Settlements?
Settlements are sometimes negotiated between the parties. These are agreements where the plaintiff agrees to drop the lawsuit in exchange for an agreed-upon payment from the defendant. This is sometimes advantageous to both parties. The plaintiff gets a guaranteed amount—it’s never a given that a jury trial will win—and the defendant doesn’t have to pay court fees for a case they feel you will win, anyway.
Settlements should never be taken without the advice of an attorney. Even if you don’t have an attorney and you’re offered a settlement, you should find an attorney at a daycare abuse law firm to negotiate the settlement for you. They can usually end up getting far more than you’d be likely to get on your own.
There are never guarantees that a claim will win, but there are ways that you can make sure that you’re working with an attorney who believes that your case will win. If you work with them on a contingency agreement, they don’t get paid unless you win. Under this agreement, you can be sure that your attorney anticipates that your claim will pay out in trial.