Assembly Bill 2777 affects your adult sexual abuse case by extending the statute of limitations. If you had a sexual abuse lawsuit that was barred under the previous statute of limitations, you may have a new opportunity to file.
The best way to determine whether you qualify for this window of opportunity is to review your case with a sexual abuse lawyer in your area. A lawyer will explain the required criteria.
How Do I Know if AB 2777 Applies to My Case?
You could revive your lawsuit, according to AB 2777 (The Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Accountability Act) under these circumstances:
- The abuse occurred on or after your 18th birthday;
- One or more entities are responsible for the damages (i.e., an employer, school, or church);
- The responsible entity engaged in or attempted a cover-up of the abuse; and
- The claim is commenced before December 31, 2023.
You may qualify to file a lawsuit by December 31, 2026 if:
- The abuse occurred on or after your 18th birthday; and
- The abuse occurred on or after January 1, 2009.
Once your eligibility is determined, a California sexual abuse lawyer will help you prepare your case and fight to recover damages.
Building a strong lawsuit requires attention to detail and can take time. You can ensure your case meets all legal requirements and is filed on time by letting a sexual abuse lawyer handle it for you. Their familiarity with state law — including recent changes — can prevent you from running out of time to revive your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Refile My Case?
A sexual abuse lawyer in your state can make pursuing a previously time-barred case less challenging for you. While you focus on your recovery, your lawyer and legal team will:
- Investigate your case and all liable parties
- Explain AB 2777 and its application to your case
- Maintain your confidentiality, per your preferences
- Compile, organize, and submit supporting evidence
Your lawyer will also negotiate with any insurance company and use the collected evidence to fight for a favorable financial settlement, wherever possible. If your case does have to go to court, your lawyer will represent you during trial.
What Compensation Can I Get if My Case Is Successful?
When your lawyer proves your right to recoverable damages, they will help you obtain compensation for all the physical and psychological health care your recovery requires. Additional recoverable damages can include any loss of wages you experienced due to your abuse and the time you require to recover. Your lawyer will also help you obtain compensation for pain and suffering, as well as mental and emotional anguish.
Can a Lawyer Tell Me Who to Pursue for Financial Recovery?
On your own, it can be challenging to understand who, other than the perpetrator, could be responsible for compensating you. The lawyer who handles your case will help you appropriately assign financial liability to potentially liable parties such as:
- Church leaders and clergy
- Counselors and therapists
- Medical and psychological professionals
- Negligent property owners
- School administrators
You do not have to determine the potentially liable parties on your own. Your law firm will determine which persons and entities are responsible for compensating you based on the facts of your case.
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
While it is possible that your case may go to trial, most civil lawsuits do not. When the weight of the evidence indicates liability, civil cases are usually resolved with a financial settlement.
Your lawyer will collect compelling evidence for you that can include:
- Medical records and bills
- Mental health care records and bills
- Witness statements
- Expert testimonials
Where possible, any criminal evidence related to your case might also play a role in helping you recover damages. Your lawyer will handle evidence collection for you. We will also prepare you for trial if the other party refuses to offer you a fair settlement.
Get a Free Review of Your Case Today
If you or someone you love is an adult sexual abuse survivor whose case may benefit from Assembly Bill 2777, we are here to fight for you.
Learn more about your filing options by contacting Greenberg Gross today. The initial consultation is free and confidential.