Assembly Bill 2777, also referred to as the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, gives sexual abuse survivors a window of opportunity to pursue compensation. Two different deadlines may apply, depending on the situation.
The December 31, 2023 deadline applies if:
- The sexual abuse occurred on or after your 18th birthday;
- An entity, such as an employer, school, or church, shares some responsibility for the abuse;
- The entity attempted to prevent the disclosure of a previous instance of an allegation of sexual abuse; and
- You file a case with the court by December 31, 2023.
The December 31, 2026 deadline applies if:
- You suffered sexual abuse on or after your 18th birthday;
- You suffered abuse on or after January 1, 2009; and
- Your case was time-barred because the statute of limitations expired.
No institutional coverup of sexual abuse is required for this deadline.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse in California and you meet the above criteria, Assembly Bill 2777 may give you a window of opportunity to file your case. A lawyer from our legal team can help you file an action to reopen your case.
December 31, 2023: AB 2777 May Give Plaintiffs a One-Year Window to Review Case Cover-Ups
Plaintiffs have until December 31, 2023, to revive claims where they allege that one or more entities engaged in a cover-up effort of sexual abuse.
Whether the entity or entities were successful in the cover-up has no bearing on the plaintiff’s claim(s). The claim is valid if the entity or entities took a concerted effort to conceal the abuse from the public or the plaintiff.
December 31, 2026: AB 2777 May Give Certain Survivors a Three-Year Window to File a Case
Per AB 2777, plaintiffs have until December 31, 2026, or four years from the date it became effective to submit a civil action about their case. An attorney from our team can file your case with the court and guide you through litigation.
What Damages Can You Claim in a Sexual Abuse Case?
If you decide to file your case and pursue compensation, you may be able to receive financial awards for the following types of damages:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Past and future income loss
- Reduced earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological and emotional trauma, including diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Psychotherapy or counseling costs
- Diminished quality of life
You may recover other types of damages, depending on what you’ve endured because of the abuse. Our team advocates for sexual abuse survivors, and we understand each case is unique in the type of injuries people can suffer. We will remain sensitive to your case and represent you so your voice is heard in court.
How a Lawyer Can Help You with Your California Sexual Abuse Case
If you decide to hire a sexual abuse lawyer from our firm, we provide the following services to help you build your case:
- Investigating your case to identify potentially liable parties involved with your case
- Retrieving evidence that supports your case, such as medical records, psych evaluations, and witness testimonies
- Filing legal motions on your behalf
- Communicating with other involved parties on your behalf
- Calculating your damages to determine how much compensation to pursue
- Presenting your case in court in front of a jury, if necessary
- Negotiating a settlement agreement, if possible
Our team will also be available for legal counsel should you ever have any questions about your case.
Call Greenberg Gross to Get a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse in California, you may qualify to file a claim. The Greenberg Gross team will discuss your case with you and determine whether you meet the criteria under this new law. Act quickly as the windows of opportunity are short.
Hire a lawyer from Greenberg Gross to build your case and hold the appropriate parties accountable for your injuries and damages. Call for a free consultation to learn more about how our team can help you.