Damages Available in A Child Sexual Abuse Case in Tennessee

Child sex abuse victims in Tennessee may recover damages against the abuser for the following types of losses:

  • medical expenses
  • lost wages (if any)
  • pain 
  • suffering 
  • disfigurement 
  • disability
  • loss of enjoyment of life.

If the injuries  result in future or permanent physical or emotional problems, additional damages may be recovered for 

  • future medical bills related to the injury
  • future lost wages or lost earning capacity 
  • pain
  • suffering
  • disfigurement
  • disability 
  • loss of enjoyment of life.

Punitive damages, which are available to punish the abuser for his or her conduct, are also available.

The jury evaluates each of these elements of the damage claim and makes a decision as to the fair value of the claim.  Of course, these same factors are considered in reaching a settlement of the claim.

There is no artificial limit on damages to sexual abuse victims if a lawsuit is filed against the abuser.  However, there can be an arbitrary cap on damages if a lawsuit is also brought against a person who negligently permitted the abuse to occur, such as a day care center, church camp, school,  or other entity.

If your child was a victim of child sexual abuse and you want to fully understand what rights you and your child have, please contact me at 866-812-8787 or fill out the contact form.  I will be honored to listen to you and explain your rights – there is no charge for this service.