I agree with Attorney Lassen, find an attorney in your area that handles these types of cases and consult with him or her. Good luck.
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I am so sorry that you and your family have to deal with such a horrible dilemma. There is a cause is a cause of action for theses types of injuries. Consult a local attorney who deals with sexual abuse to investigate the facts and determine the best course of action. Good luck and God bless.
First, you must decide if you want to open this issue to public scrutiny. If you file a lawsuit, then it becomes public knowledge (even if the names are redacted).
Second, does the grandfather have any assets to attach beyond a homestead residence, retirement account, or incorporated business? If not, then filing a lawsuit and getting a judgment will be no good unless he wins the FL Lottery. The courts cannot create money. They can only award judgments, and you must then collect upon those judgments.
Third, it is doubtful whether you have a claim. Your daughters certainly do, but you have to prove your own case, and here. it doesn't appear you were within the "zone of danger."
I'm sorry that you and yours had to undergo this horrible event.
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These types of cases are always difficult for the victim and people close to the victim.
I suggest that you consult with a local personal injury attorney to assess the viability of any potential claim. Sexual molestation will not be covered by any insurance and, therefore, you would be pursuing any income or assets held by the grandfather.
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