- The identity of the abuser. Was the abuse by a parent or caregiver, or was the abuser someone outside the home?
- The nature and severity of the abuse (physical versus purely emotional abuse, sexual versus nonsexual abuse).
- The identity of the potential plaintiffs, which might include parents or legal guardians suing on behalf of their child, or the child suing directly.
A child who suffers emotional or physical abuse can endure both short- and long-term consequences, from injuries requiring medical care to lasting emotional and psychological trauma. In many cases child abuse is a crime. It can also be grounds for filing a civil lawsuit against the abuser to recover compensation for the child’s care. The nature of a lawsuit filed against an alleged child abuser will depend on a range of factors. These will include: