Premise Liability / Rape Victims

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Are you a victim of rape? Do you believe the rape was the result of poor security in your building, apartment, or hotel? Have you suffered permanent emotional damage as a result of the rape?


Do you meet any of the following criteria?

  • During the traumatic event you believed you might die.
  • You experienced feelings of intense fear, helplessness, hopelessness and horror during the attack.
  • You re-experience the trauma in any of the following ways:
    • You have recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the rape, including images, thoughts and perceptions.
    • You have recurrent distressing dreams of the rape.
    • You experience the rape reoccurring in flashbacks, illusions or hallucinations.
    • You have intense psychological distress when you are exposed to things, people or places that remind you of the attack.
  • You specifically try to avoid stimuli that makes you recall the rape.

Some examples of this avoidance are as follows:

  • Trying to avoid thoughts, feelings or conversations associated with the rape.
  • Trying to avoid activities, places or people that remind you of the attack.
  • You are unable to remember an important aspect of the trauma.
  • You have intense psychological distress when you are exposed to things, people or places that remind you of the attack.
  • You have a markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities.
  • You feel detached or estranged from others, including loved ones.
  • You have a restricted range of feelings (i.e.: you feel unable to have loving feelings, you are unable to trust anyone, etc.)
  • You have a sense of a foreshortened future (i.e.: you don't believe you will have a normal life span but will die prematurely)

You have persistent symptoms of increased arousal which was not present before the attack such as:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance
  • Exaggerated startle response

Related Cases

$2,200,000

This verdict was the largest sexual assault verdict in Illinois at the time. The victim was raped at work in the Chicago Bar Association Building which was managed by a management corporation. Ms. Zellner subpoenaed the rapist from prison to testify on client's behalf.