Child Abuse

Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has represented families who have lost loved ones to someone else's negligent actions. Our firm has a proven track record of success, winning millions of dollars in rightful compensation for our clients.

Boca Raton Child Abuse Attorneys

Standing Up for Families and Children

As parents, we always want the best for our children. When we learn someone we trusted with our child has abused or neglected him or her, there is no question we must take every action we can. Filing a lawsuit against the individuals and institutions who hurt our children can hold them accountable and remove them from positions of authority over other youth.

At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we help parents like you find justice against the wrongdoers in our communities. Since establishing our firm in 1988, we’ve handled thousands of cases and recovered hundreds of millions for our clients. Our attorneys know how to investigate and prosecute serious allegations like child abuse. In a free consultation, we can explain how our experience can make your case stronger.

Call us today at (866) 629-1061 to speak with one of our attorneys, absolutely free of charge. We serve clients in the Boca Raton area.

What Does Child Abuse Look Like?

Not all abusers use the same tactics, which means abuse can be difficult to spot. When caregivers leave physical scars on your child, at least it is easy to produce evidence of what has happened. However, the mental and emotional scars can be just as harmful and harder to spot.

Child abuse may take the form of:

  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Grooming
  • Sexual abuse

All these types of abuse can affect a child’s ability to form relationships and trust others. They can lead to low self-esteem and emotional and behavioral issues. Abuse may result in developmental regression and contribute to struggles at school. And, these effects can stretch into adulthood if a child does not receive the help and support he or she needs to heal.

Spotting Child Abuse

Some children tell adults they trust about abusers, but others keep it quiet out of shame. It’s common for children to believe they are at fault for abuse, especially when the person mistreating them is someone they trust and look up to. Therefore, as parents, we must be vigilant for any signs of child abuse.

Signs of physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Frequency and timing of injuries that matches a child’s exposure to a certain adult, organization, or activity
  • Fear of parents or other adults
  • Aggression toward other children and animals
  • Nightmares and/or insomnia
  • Fear, withdrawal, depression, and/or anxiety
  • Immature behavior or acting out, especially in extreme ways
  • Self-destructive behavior

Signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Developmental delays and/or learning disabilities
  • Wetting the bed or pants
  • Speech disorders
  • Obesity or weight fluctuation
  • Extreme compliance or defensiveness
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Destructive or anti-social behaviors
  • Phobias and sleep disorders

Signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Difficulty sitting or walking
  • Bleeding, bruising, itching, or other pain or discomfort in the genital area
  • Bowel problems
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections, or any sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs or STDs)
  • Torn, stained, and/or bloody undergarments
  • Refusal to change clothes, especially in public places like locker rooms
  • Lack of self-care
  • Eating disorders, preoccupation with the body, and/or poor self-image
  • Aggression, substance use, and/or recklessness
  • A decline in school performance and peer relationships
  • Difficulty sleeping or bed wetting, especially at an advanced age

Of course, each child will react to abuse in his or her own way. If you notice your child’s behavior changing suddenly, even if it’s not in most of the ways above, something could be wrong. It’s important to let children know you are there for them, you support them, and if someone is treating them badly it is that person’s fault, not any child’s.

Where Can Child Abuse Happen?

Unfortunately, children are vulnerable—which means any time they are around adults, there is the potential for abuse. While we want to believe those we trust to care for our children are kind and responsible, child abuse may happen at:

  • Schools or educational programs
  • Daycare centers
  • Churches or religious centers
  • Sports teams and clubs
  • After-school and youth programs
  • Recreational facilities
  • Medical clinics, including inpatient settings or long-term care homes
  • Counseling facilities
  • Drug rehabilitation clinics

Though most organizations are not themselves abusive, all it takes is a lapse in judgment—and a lack of supervision—for an abusive adult to gain access to children. Sadly, many of these groups and institutions put multiple children under the care of one adult. This means your child may not be the only one in harm’s way.

Who Is Liable for Child Abuse?

There is no question the person who chooses to abuse your child is responsible for their actions. However, our firm seeks to hold all involved parties liable. This may mean a church, a school, a group like the Boy Scouts of America, or any other large institution can also be named in your suit. Why? Because any organization set up to care for children must have proper protections to ensure no abusers enter its midst.

This means doing background checks on new hires and vetting volunteers. It means providing oversight and supervision so no one adult can threaten or harm children. It means setting up a reporting structure and taking every complaint seriously, even if the alleged abuser tries to discredit the child who brings it.

There are always bad actors out there, and rather than pretend otherwise, organizations must be prepared to find and remove any harmful individuals who make it into their midst. When they fall down in this important duty, they can be named in lawsuits brought by the families of abused children.

Taking Steps to Stop Child Abuse

If your child has confided in you that he or she is being abused, your first step should be to use the Florida Child Abuse Hotline to make an official report. Then, contact our team to learn about your legal options. While abusers may be prosecuted in criminal court, it is often hard to win a conviction when children are the only witnesses. Additionally, criminal charges do nothing for the victims of an abuser. By filing a civil claim (which can be done alongside a criminal claim if necessary), you can secure compensation to place your child in a new, safer environment and help them attend counseling so they can heal from the abuse.

It is everyone’s duty to stop child abuse when we see or suspect it. Anyone who hurts one child is likely to hurt others they have similar access to. By filing a suit, you may be saving other families from facing the same hardships you are. Let us help.

Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is dedicated to bringing child abusers to justice. Call us today at (866) 629-1061 to schedule a free consultation with our Boca Raton attorneys.

A Legacy of Compassion & Excellence

Working With Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
  • Changing Lives by Changing The Law

    Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.

  • A Team of Legal Professionals

    Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.

  • There Are No Upfront Legal Fees

    We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • We Understand the Medicine

    Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians. 

A LEGACY OF CHANGING LIVES

Millions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse $100,000,000
  • Personal Injury Miami-Dade College Parking Garage Collapse
  • Bal Harbour Residential Building Collapse Confidential Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

    A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Woman Who Lost Her Leg After Misdiagnosis

    A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, which was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Family of Mother Who Died During Childbirth

    In 2015, a 23-year-old mother began experiencing severe complications while giving birth in Charlotte County, Florida. The hospital’s staff did not give her the attention she needed, and failed to realize that her complications required an emergency transfer to a Sarasota County Hospital, which had the needed staff and equipment to treat her. The mother and her unborn child eventually died in the hospital.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Misdiagnosis of a Blood Clot

    A 68-year-old man was complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red, and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family.

  • Medical Malpractice Over $1 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim

    A middle-aged man had a history of an aortic aneurysm. His plan was to fly to Stanford University, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. Rather than starting the transfer to Stanford the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died.

  • Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000

    A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.

  • Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000

    A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.

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