Child Abuse Personal Injury Lawsuits: How They Operate

Few acts draw as much rage as the abuse or neglect of a child, and with good reason. While criminal penalties for child abuse provide some measure of accountability against the perpetrator, they do not compensate the victim for the horrific injuries and harm they have endured.

Personal child injury law is often not the first place a child's parent or guardian may think to turn when attempting to protect an abused child from further harm. But civil lawsuits offer unique opportunities to demand restitution from those who have failed to provide a child with the support and nurturing they need to thrive.

I am Bill Galione, and my law firm, The Galione Law Firm, P.A., represents plaintiffs in civil lawsuits involving injuries to a child. As an experienced attorney, and as a father myself, I am committed to assisting families recovering from catastrophic injuries that have been inflicted upon their children.

How Do I Sue An Abuser For Child Abuse And Neglect?

Under Florida law, child abuse is understood to be emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect or abandonment by a parent or caretaker. If your child's well-being is in immediate danger, I can act as your lawyer and coordinate with county services to help ensure that the child is placed in safe temporary custody with you or another relative.

A lawsuit can be filed in conjunction with or separate from criminal prosecution related to the abuse. If your child's abuser is found guilty of the child abuse or child neglect charge, this may aid your personal injury lawsuit, but even if they are acquitted or the charges are dropped, you may still prevail in your lawsuit against them.

A child (represented by their parent or guardian) may sue his or her abuser for child abuse, or another legal caregiver may sue on behalf of the child. A plaintiff suing for child abuse or neglect may include several "causes of action" in their claim, including assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress or the negligent infliction of emotional distress.