A recent change in law created the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act. Starting January 1, 2023, you have a one-year window of opportunity to file cases previously barred by the statute of limitations, as long as your case meets certain criteria. If filed within that time, your lawsuit can hold your abuser or any entity who covered up your abuse liable. A four-year window might also apply. The new law is complex and can be difficult to decipher on your own. Lawyers from our firm can review your case and its details to help you seek justice.
Assembly Bill No. 2777 Creates a Short Window for Previously Barred Adult Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Sexual abuse is a serious matter. These cases should be investigated to hold the abuser responsible and to offer various forms of relief to the survivor. Assembly Bill No. 2777 (AB 2777), also known as the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, extends the statute of limitations for certain adult sexual abuse lawsuits.
A California sexual abuse lawyer can help you file your lawsuit on or after the new law’s effective date. As long as your lawsuit is filed before December 31, 2023 and you meet certain other criteria, you may be able to seek financial compensation regardless of when the sexual abuse occurred. Our team will help you determine if you meet the criteria.
A Four-Year Window of Opportunity May Apply for Survivors of Adult Sexual Abuse
If your abuse occurred on or after January 1, 2009, and your case was previously time-barred due to an expired statute of limitations, you may have until December 31, 2026 to file your case.
Building an effective case takes time, focus, and attention to detail. The sooner you get a law firm involved in your case, the better. Your case could benefit from a prompt investigation.
Recoverable Damages for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
If you or someone you love is a survivor of adult sexual abuse, you can hold the abuser and any other involved parties financially liable for their actions. The lawyer who handles your case will explain the specific compensation you are entitled to recover. In general, compensation can include the following:
- All medical care and expenses related to the abuse and your recovery
- All income loss for the time your recovery prevents you from returning to work
- All physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering related to your case
You do not have to assess your damages on your own. The lawyer who represents you will do this for you. They may reassess your previous lawsuit and use it as a base to determine the monetary value of your recoverable damages.
The Benefits of Working With Our Local Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Building a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse can be a harrowing process. When our lawyers handle your case, they take on all the hard work for you. They can:
- Investigate your case and the abuser
- Identify all potentially liable parties
- Gather the necessary evidence
- Respect your confidentiality and privacy
- Explain your rights and legal options
- Compile and organize supporting evidence
- Comply with the new statute of limitations
Your lawyers can also fight hard to negotiate a fair financial settlement on your behalf. You do not have to attempt to file your previously time-barred lawsuit on your own. A lawyer in your area can help you comply with AB 2777.
How AB 2777 Can Help Your Lawyers Identify Liable Parties
If you are a sexual abuse survivor, your previously barred lawsuit can be revived because of attempts to cover up any abuse you or others suffered. If your lawyers determine this was the case, they may be able to pursue compensation from the abuser and the institution that engaged in a cover-up. Those institutions can include one or more of the following:
- Healthcare professionals
- Counselors and therapists
- Negligent property owners
- Church leaders and clergy
- Teachers and administrators
- Team members and coaches
The individual or entity responsible for your safety can be held liable for your financial recovery. When our sexual abuse attorneys handle your case, they will explore every possible avenue of financial recovery.
Call Our Firm for a Free Review of Your Sexual Abuse Case
In California, the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act means you could have a new window of opportunity to file your sexual abuse lawsuit. Eligibility for this filing window depends on many factors.
Contact our case review team at Greenberg Gross to explore the compensation options you have available based on the new law. You can also learn more about what our sexual abuse attorneys can do to help you.