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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexually abusing a child is an insidious act that can affect an abuse victim mentally, emotionally, and physically for the rest of his or her life. Often, these incidents go unreported for years because a child is too ashamed to report the incident(s) or has blocked out what happened. It can be years before he or she remembers the abuse.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Joseph Klest is nationally recognized for his work helping victims of child sexual abuse obtain compensation for the injuries they have sustained from being sexually abused as children. He has represented over a hundred child sex abuse victims and counseled hundreds of people that have suffered because they were abused by a family member, a stranger, a family friend, a priest, a teacher, a counselor, or another trusted adult in Chicago, in cities throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Lake County, or elsewhere in Illinois and the United States. Mr. Klest is a member of the Trial Lawyers of America-Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation Group and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Attorney Joseph Klest represents childhood sexual abuse clients who wish to file a personal injury lawsuit because have experienced at least one of the following:

Sexual Abuse by a Family Member Sexual Abuse by Clergy Sexual Abuse by a Teacher or Coach
Illinois’s 2003 Child Protection Act Mr. Klest is a fierce advocate of the right of sex abuse victims to receive compensation. He is the coauthor of Illinois’s 2003 Child Protection Act, which extended the statute of limitations for victims to file personal injury lawsuits against their sexual abusers. Under the revised act, children and adults that were sexually abused as children have 10 years from the time they turned 18 or within 5 years from the time that they realized that their injuries were caused by sexual abuse to file a lawsuit.

Sex Abuse Injuries and Damages
Mr. Klest is a child sexual abuse lawyer who is sensitive to the physical, psychological, and emotional injuries that can be sustained by sex abuse victims. Vaginal, cervical or anal injuries, STD’s, bite marks, scratches, and lesions are among the injuries that can be sustained by someone who was sexually abused, sexually assaulted, raped, molested, or forced into child prostitution or pornography.

Loss of trust, sexual problems, depression, problems forming intimate relationships, prostitution, promiscuity, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide, and post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental and emotional injuries that can affect a person because he or she was sexually abused as a child.

An adult that was sexually abused as a child may end up spending thousands of dollars on years of therapy and other forms of counseling to heal themselves. If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child, you have a right to sue your abuser for personal injury compensation.

Compassionate and Confidential Legal Representation Attorney Klest knows that sex abuse is very sensitive matter, and he will represent you and your case with compassion and with the utmost confidentiality. He will work hard to help you obtain the maximum recovery possible for your injuries.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, contact us online or call (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7843, or (847) 969-9510. You will only pay for our services if we obtain your recovery. We have law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois.