We often hear about perpetrators who are charged with child abuse and who are prosecuted through the criminal justice system. But what about the victim?
What about the child who may be physically, mentally or psychologically scarred for life?
The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick fights for the rights of children who have been victimized by abusers. We seek monetary damages to pay for their recovery, including medical expenses for treatment and payment for counseling and therapy.
We also seek damages to pay for the pain and suffering that these children endure – and which they will endure for the rest of their lives. Child abuse can involve a wide variety of physical and emotional injuries to the child, including:
- Failure to feed
- Failure to clothe
- Inadequate housing
- Dangerous housing
- Lack of medical care
- Vulgar insults
- Belittling the child
- Sexual exploitation
- Fondling and Molesting
- Exposure to pornography
- Forced participation in pornography
- Exposure to sex acts
- Inappropriate or excessive discipline
Who is responsible for these offenses? Child abuse cases may arise in a variety of settings, including schools and child care facilities, churches, summer camps, social and recreational organizations.
Offenders may be working as teachers, clergymen, camp counselors, coaches, and day care providers. In some cases, the offenders are stepparents, half-siblings, uncles, cousins and other family members or older children who are friends of the child.
When a case of child abuse arises, the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick springs into action. We assist our clients in dealing with police and other law enforcement officials, in obtaining support from medical and mental health professionals, in applying for financial and spiritual support, when necessary, and in gathering and assembling the necessary records and evidence.
We explore all available victim’s compensation and victim’s assistance programs. If appropriate, we file a lawsuit against the abuser or the organization which failed to safeguard the child and prevent abuse from occurring.
The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick will also assist clients in recovering restitution as part of the criminal prosecution of the abuser. In some states, a victim of abuse may be permitted to withdraw from school and obtain leave from a part-time job, and child abuse lawyer Mark S. Guralnick will protect these rights too.