Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges, and there have been allegations that Fogle engaged in sexual conduct with up to 14 underage girls. The focus of this article is what, if any, damages the minors can potentially recover in a personal injury lawsuit.
Aside from ruining his life, the lives of his victims, his wife and children, Fogle could spend years in prison and a major financial loss. He faces at least five years imprisonment and has already agreed to pay $1.4 million to the 14 victims.
Should a personal injury lawsuit go forward, the charges that are most likely apply to cases like this are:
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress
- Negligent infliction of emotional distress
With these charges, a victim can recover not only general damages, but also punitive damages for their attacker’s actions.
In these types of cases, the majority of damages paid will come from the physical and emotional harm caused to the minor. The child might need therapy and the person who injured them should pay those costs for however long it takes to overcome the emotional distress that these incidents have caused. An expert could be useful to prove these types of damages to a jury or judge.
Earlier this year, a jury awarded a child abuse victim $28 million in damages, which included money for punitive damages. These types of lawsuits are serious, victims of these crimes deal with long-term damage, which may or may not be helped with a financial compensation.
These incidents aren’t only damaging to the victim of sexual abuse, but damaging to their families as well. Victims of child abuse may be able to recover damages for their distress. If you know someone who is a victim of child abuse, please have them call the personal injury lawyers at Kahn Roven, LLP at (844) 9-INJURED. Victims have rights and they need to know what their rights are.