Sexual assault in Maryland

Maryland Sexual Assault & Abuse Attorneys

Representing survivors of sexual abuse and assault throughout the state

Our attorneys at Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A. represent individuals that have been victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and work to hold those individuals and the organizations that employ or enable them responsible. We will work with you to identify any organizations, businesses, and/or medical facilities that are responsible for employing or enabling perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse. Victims of sexual assault and abuse may be entitled to substantial compensation if these organizations can be properly identified.

Who can file a civil case in Maryland for sexual abuse or assault?

If you or your loved one was a victim of sexual assault or abuse, you can file a claim against the perpetrator. However, there may be times where other people or parties are also liable. Survivors can sue third parties if the victim can show:

  1. the person of governmental entity owed a duty of care to the victim;
  2. the person or governmental entity employed or exercise some degree of responsibility or control over the alleged perpetrator; and
  3. there is a finding of gross negligence on the part of the third party.

What is Maryland’s law regarding child sex abuse cases?

If you are an adult who has been sexually assaulted or abused, you have three (3) years to file a civil claim against your abuser, and/or any other applicable third parties.

In 2017, the civil statute of limitations for a victim of child sex abuse against a third-party was extended to 38 years old or three (3) years after the perpetrator is convicted of a crime – whichever is later.

Specific to clergy abuse cases involving the Catholic Church, the Maryland legislature is considering a bill which would provide an additional two (2) years for victims to file a claim otherwise barred by the statute of limitations.

Please note that exceptions may apply depending on the facts of your case, so it is in your best interest to contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible, so we can get started.

How civil and criminal sex abuse cases are different

In civil cases involving sexual assault and abuse, the standard of proof only requires us to prove that it is more likely than not that the abuse occurred, which is a lesser burden that criminal cases which require the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the abuse occurred. While you may have been hesitant to pursue or report your case criminally, the facts of your case will be analyzed differently in a civil context.

What kinds of damages can I seek in a civil sexual assault or abuse case?

You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including for any ongoing physical or psychological treatments
  • Lost wages, both past and current
  • Pain and suffering experienced as a result of the abuse, including physical and psychological pain

Why Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A. can help with a civil sexual assault or abuse case

The attorneys at Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A. fight for sexual assault and abuse victims throughout Maryland. While the facts of your case may be personal and difficult to discuss, our attorneys understand the complexities of these cases and oftentimes the hesitations to come forward and discuss what happened due to fears of not being believed, not having proof, or even retribution from the abuser. Our attorneys are trauma-informed and are equipped to identify any and all possible Defendants responsible for the perpetrator’s abuse to ensure that we protect your right to pursue compensation.

Our office accepts sexual assault and abuse cases on a contingency basis, meaning, our fee would be a percentage of what is recovered for you by way of settlement or trial – only if we are successful. Please review our team and let us know if there is someone specific you prefer to speak to.

Maryland attorneys fighting for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

If you have experienced sexual assault or abuse, and you believe an organization employed or enabled the abuser, you should contact one of our Maryland sexual assault and abuse attorneys immediately for a confidential consultation. Please be aware there are statutes of limitations for pursuing cases involving sexual assault and abuse, and our attorneys can counsel you on the options available for your case. Please call us or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation and discuss your options. We maintain multiple offices throughout the state for your convenience.