Child abuse is often a criminal act, but prosecution in the criminal courts does not provide financial recovery to caregivers and/or the victim. To seek compensation for treatment expenses and damages, the victim or legal guardians must go through the civil courts.

The experienced attorneys at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC have a unique combination of experience with personal injury and family law. We can help you navigate the legal systems involved in getting protection and compensation you need to ensure a safe and financially secure future for victims of child abuse.

When Child Abuse Warrants a Personal Injury Case

Any child who requires medical treatment for physical injuries may be eligible to claim damages through a personal injury suit. Common physical injuries resulting from child abuse include:

Some physical injuries may not require treatment but are no less damaging as they leave psychological scars. And, some cases of child abuse only involve psychological and emotional damage. Victims of such child abuse may still claim damages through a personal injury suit.

Who Can Seek Compensation for Child Abuse-Related Injury

Compensation for child abuse-related injuries may be claimed by:

  • A parent or legal guardian who is not the abuser and who has taken responsibility for seeking medical treatment and/or therapy
  • The victim of child abuse

In New Mexico personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of three years. For child abuse, however, if the claimant is the victim who was a minor at the time the abuse occurred, the statute of limitations may not begin until the child turns 18 years old. The statute of limitations may also be extended for victims of sexual abuse.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

Recovering from child abuse may require more than financial compensation. If your child is at risk for continued physical, emotional or psychological abuse or if you as the guardian seeking compensation are at risk for domestic violence, you may need a protective order.

The attorneys at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC are also experienced in family law. We know what agencies in the greater Albuquerque area to contact and how to navigate the legal systems that may be involved in stopping child abuse and recovering damages for it.

For victims who seek compensation as adults, we can provide the legal counsel you need to effectively prove liability and adequately value your damages.

Nothing rights the wrong of child abuse, but compensation can minimize the financial impact of recovery. To pursue fair compensation for your child’s or your own injuries and damages, call us to schedule an interview with our team.

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