California Sexual Abuse Lawyer

When a person is charged with a sex crime in California, and when he or she is found guilty in a court of law, most of us are relieved that the individual will no longer hurt anybody and that justice has been served. However, criminal trials related to sexual abuse rarely address the well-being of the survivors of the abuse. It is often appropriate for survivors of sexual abuse to hire a California sexual abuse lawyer and pursue restitution for what happened to them through a civil lawsuit against the alleged perpetrators.

At Greenberg Gross LLP, our sexual abuse attorneys are dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse obtain a sense of justice and compensation for what happened. We have a track record of success, have obtained multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients, and are here to support you in any way we can.

Why Trust Greenberg Gross LLP With Your Sexual Abuse Case?

  • Our two founding partners have been named among the top 100 lawyers in California. Others have been listed by national publications as “litigation stars,” “best lawyers,” and “superlawyers.”
  • We offer elite, high-quality legal representation to survivors of sexual abuse when they need it the most.
  • Greenberg Gross LLP has significant experience helping sexual assault survivors seek justice for what they have gone through.
  • We take California sexual abuse cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only collect legal fees after we obtain the compensation that our clients deserve.

How Can a California Sexual Abuse Attorney Help?

Sexual abuse cases are unlike other personal injury claims. It is very easy for survivors of sexual abuse to feel overwhelmed by the task of filing such a complex claim, particularly when going up against major companies or institutions. However, a California sexual abuse lawyer can help level the playing field. Your attorney will provide a strong voice during the legal proceedings, both in and out of court, and make sure you always feel heard. At Greenberg Gross LLP, we will:

  • Conduct a complete investigation into the incident in an effort to gather all evidence needed to prove liability.
  • Keep your identity private and anonymous, if that is what you desire.
  • Work with experts to assess an honest and fair maximum compensation award on your behalf.
  • Ensure that the civil lawsuit is filed within the California statute of limitations time frames.
  • Work with various experts, including medical professionals, investigators, and others when establishing proof and liability for the case.
  • Handle all settlement negotiations and court proceedings on your behalf.

Types of Sexual Abuse Cases We Handle

Sexual abuse cases do not revolve around one “single” law in California. Often, the charges that a perpetrator faces criminally revolve around various types of sex crimes in California. These sex crimes manifest themselves in various forms. In some cases, sex crimes and sexual abuse cases revolve around a single individual. Other times, these crimes are the result of the institutional failings of a larger body. Sexual abuse cases can involve physical sexual conduct as well as non-physical offenses. Some of the crimes that our California sexual abuse lawyers are ready to assess and help you with include the following:

  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Sodomy
  • Oral copulation of a minor
  • Child prostitution
  • Incest
  • Stalking
  • Child pornography
  • Internet sex crimes

Who Can Be Held Liable In These Cases?

The perpetrators of sexual abuse can include various actors. This includes individuals such as:

  • Members of the clergy and other church leaders
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Daycare employees
  • Health care professionals
  • Sports coaches
  • Family members
  • Counselors and therapists
  • Boy Scout leaders and Girl Scout leaders
  • Various trusted mentors
  • Employers and coworkers
  • Military personnel

Our California sexual abuse attorneys often discover that companies and institutions also are responsible for the abuse that a person sustains. These institutions often know that abuse has taken place and fail to take appropriate steps to keep those under their care safe. Sometimes, institutions work actively to cover up instances of sexual abuse, and they regularly allow the perpetrators of sexual abuse to continue operating or working.

Time Limits for Filing a Sexual Abuse Claim in California

California has multiple timelines for sexual abuse and sexual assault criminal cases, though abuse survivors need to be aware of the statute of limitations for civil claims. The statute of limitations will vary depending on whether or not the abuse survivor is a child or an adult over the age of 18 (at the time of the incident).

AB 218 significantly expanded the statute of limitations period for filing civil lawsuits if the survivor was a child at the time the abuse occurred. Now, survivors must file a civil lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator of the abuse either:

  • 22 years after reaching the age of majority (40 years of age), or
  • 5 years from the date the individual discovers or reasonably should have discovered a psychological injury or illness after reaching the age of majority

Adult abuse survivors must commence their civil action from the later of the following periods:

  • Within 10 years from the date of the last act, or attempted act, of the abuse or assault
  • Within 3 years from the date the survivor discovers or reasonably should have discovered an injury or illness as a result of the sexual abuse or sexual assault or the attempted abuse or assault

Compensation for Victims of Sexual Abuse in California

There may be various types of compensation available to survivors of sexual abuse in California. While our California sexual abuse attorneys understand that no amount of money will ever erase the pain of what happened completely, various types of monetary awards could help satisfy a survivor’s debts and financial losses for:

  • Medical expenses, past, and future
  • The costs of therapy or rehabilitation
  • Lost wages, if a survivor cannot work
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological effects
  • Legal fees and court costs

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Sexual Abuse Lawyer in California

At Greenberg Gross LLP, we fight for justice. Our goal as sexual abuse attorneys is to hold the perpetrators of sexual abuse in California accountable for their actions. We want to ensure that survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault receive compensation and closure for what happened to them. Contact us for a free consultation.

This site is dedicated to the sexual assault and trafficking practice group of Greenberg Gross LLP. To access the firm's main website, go to ggtriallaw.com.