The Code of Civil Procedure amendments following the new Assembly Bill 2777 make it possible to file sexual abuse lawsuits that were previously barred because of a prior statute of limitations. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, and your resulting lawsuit was dismissed because of the statute of limitations, you could have a new filing opportunity. The bill hopes to increase civil accountability with regard to sexual abuse.
The recently passed bill took effect on January 1, 2023. It creates windows of opportunity to file that expire on either December 31, 2023, or December 31, 2026, depending on your circumstances. During these windows, our sexual abuse lawyers can help you file your lawsuit if it was time-barred due to the previous statute of limitations. You can keep fighting for the justice and financial compensation you deserve.
AB 2777 Is Called the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act
AB 2777 offers a reprieve from the previous statute of limitations for certain sexual abuse survivors. Another component of the bill includes filing rights for those whose abusers were protected from justice by a cover-up. This means you can seek justice from your abuser and from parties who knew of the abuse and attempted to hide it.
Our California sexual abuse lawyers can help you file your lawsuit. Your attorneys will listen to your story with compassion and kindness. They can also conduct an independent investigation that will document the cover-up and identify all liable parties.
Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers Can Help You Get Started on Your Lawsuit
If you are an adult sexual abuse survivor whose case was previously time-barred, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit, per the new provisions of Assembly Bill No. 2777 (AB 2777). To build your case, our sexual abuse attorneys will:
- Conduct an independent investigation
- Explain the parameters of AB 2777
- Collect documents and evidence
- Consult sexual abuse and recovery experts
- Protect your privacy
Many civil lawsuits are resolved with a settlement. Your lawyers will handle the negotiation process, weighing each offer you receive and helping you make a well-informed decision.
Your Lawyers Can Identify All Potentially Liable Parties in Your Sexual Abuse Case
More than one person or entity may share responsibility for your abuse. You can recover damages from the abuser, but there are a few other potentially liable parties, including:
- Property owners who failed to provide appropriate security
- Clergy members and leaders in faith-based institutions
- Public and private school administrators
- Healthcare providers including counselors and therapists
You do not have to deal with this difficult part of your case on your own. The lawyers who represent you will handle the legal details and ensure liability is accurately assigned. They can also explain your options for recovering compensation.
Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers Can Assess Your Recoverable Damages
The potentially responsible party(s) could be liable for a wide range of damages. Evaluating your damages can be an emotionally charged process that you should not have to undertake on your own. Your lawyers will help you request compensation for the following:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Past, present, and future losses of income
- Ongoing physical pain and suffering
- Ongoing mental and emotional distress
Your lawyers can analyze your case to determine how much you are owed from the responsible party or parties. They can assign a value to your case, which allows you to seek appropriate compensation.
Your Lawyers Can Start Building Your Case Right Away
The more time your lawyers have to build your case, the better. This will give them time to conduct a thorough investigation and locate witnesses for interviews. This also gives your attorney time to gather evidence that could be time-sensitive, such as surveillance footage.
Time is an important factor in filing your lawsuit. The lawyers who represent you will interpret which statute of limitations applies per the new law, and operate with cognizance of these deadlines.
The December 31, 2023 deadline applies if:
- The date of your sexual abuse fell on or after your 18th birthday;
- An entity shares responsibility for your abuse and resulting harm;
- The responsible entity attempted to cover up information regarding culpability; and
- You filed your case before December 31, 2023.
The December 31, 2026 deadline applies if:
- The date of your sexual abuse fell on or after your 18th birthday
- The abuse occurred on or after January 1, 2009, and
- The case was barred to due a lapsed statute of limitations
Get Help With Your Sexual Abuse Case by Calling Us Today
California’s Code of Civil Procedure has been amended by the new Assembly Bill 2777 to allow sexual abuse survivors a new opportunity to file lawsuits. Cases filed under this new bill must adhere to specific legal parameters.
Contact one of our team members at Greenberg Gross to get a free review of your case today. We can explain how the new bill may create an opportunity for you to recover financial compensation.