A Palm Springs child sexual abuse lawyer could help you hold the responsible parties legally accountable if you or someone you love is a child sexual abuse survivor. You or your family member could be entitled to compensation for the abuse suffered and its life-long effects.
The lawyers at Greenberg Gross fight for survivors to get justice and hold their abusers responsible for their actions. New California laws protect victims and allow them to seek the justice they deserve.
Child Sexual Abuse Can Happen in Palm Springs
Children under the age of 18 could experience sexual abuse in many situations, even in places we consider safe, including:
- Public schools
- Private schools
- After-school programs
- Athletic programs
- Religious institutions
- Boys & Girls clubs
- Juvenile detention facilities
- Summer camps
A child sexual abuse lawyer serving Palm Springs can listen to what happened, identify the person responsible, and hold them legally accountable for the harm they have caused.
Liable Parties in Palm Springs Child Sexual Abuse Cases
The person who commits the act of child sexual abuse in Palm Springs can be held responsible for their actions. Any entity that facilitated or allowed the abuse to occur may be responsible as well. California law now offers a longer statutory timeline for taking legal action against these individuals in civil court. Even if you tried to file a lawsuit in the past but were prevented by the filing deadlines, there are new laws that could allow you to take action.
Child Abuse Survivors Can Remain Anonymous and Seek Justice
Victims of child abuse often avoid taking their case to trial due to fear of retaliation at the hands of their abuser. Feelings of anxiety, fear, and shame often prevent abuse survivors from holding their abuser accountable in court. Fortunately, there is now a way for you to seek justice without revealing your identity.
California Penal Code Section 293 allows victims of sexual abuse to keep their names private when bringing action against their abuser. Our Palm Springs child sexual abuse lawyer can walk you through this process and explain your legal options. Our team will file the pertinent paperwork in court for you and protect your rights moving forward.
Why Greenberg Gross Deserves Your Trust
We understand that taking legal action against the individual and/or organization responsible for the childhood sexual abuse you suffered could be one of the most important decisions of your life. We would be honored to speak with you during a confidential consultation so we can help you explore all of your legal options.
Here are a few things you might want to consider when deciding who will represent you in your child sexual abuse case:
- Survivors of sexual abuse deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. At Greenberg Gross, we vow to honor our clients and protect their rights. We will listen to you and take the time to answer your questions. We will be aggressive when dealing with the perpetrator, but always open and responsive when interacting with you and your family.
- Our two founding partners have received many accolades, including being named among the top 100 lawyers in the state. Our team of attorneys has received recognition in national publications as “super lawyers,” “litigation stars,” and “best lawyers.”
- We have handled many cases involving survivors of sexual abuse seeking justice for the harm they have suffered.
You can reach out to us today to start the process. We are happy to offer a free initial consultation.
Types of Compensation in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Getting vindication by holding someone legally accountable for the physical, emotional, and mental harm they caused you during childhood is the main goal in the child sexual abuse cases we handle. The responsible parties could be held liable to pay your financial and other losses that resulted from their deviant behavior. Money cannot undo what happened to you, but it can provide some sense of justice as you work to move forward in your life.
The damages you could recover will depend on the specific facts of your situation. These damages might include:
- Medical bills you have already incurred and the anticipated cost of future medical treatment
- Therapy or rehabilitation expenses
- Physical discomfort
- Emotional distress
- Psychological conditions that resulted from the sexual abuse
- Lost wages
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
You might have additional losses that could be recoverable in a Palm Springs child sexual abuse claim or lawsuit.
Our Palm Springs Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers Fight for Survivors
Litigation can be grueling, especially when you try to handle all the heavy lifting yourself. We can take much of the stress off of your shoulders. Also, we can work with experts and professionals who can evaluate the financial value of your claim and provide testimony to the court about the losses you have suffered.
We can draft the documents, collect the evidence, perform the investigation, and do the necessary legal research to build your case. You will not have to deal directly with the defendant or their liability insurance carriers because we can negotiate with them on your behalf. We can handle all court proceedings for you. Of course, any decisions involving your case are entirely up to you. We are here to serve as your advocate.
The Filing Deadline for Palm Springs Child Sexual Abuse Cases
When you want to hold your abuser accountable in civil court, the deadlines are different than with criminal cases. AB 218 sets the filing deadline, also called the statute of limitations, for child sexual abuse cases in California. This law extends the time survivors now have to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator either:
- 22 years after turning 18; (until the victim reaches 40 years of age)
- Five years after the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered the abuse happened.
This law just went into effect in 2020. People who tried to take legal action under the previous filing deadlines but were prevented from doing so by the passage of too much time might still be able to file a lawsuit under the new law.
Call Greenberg Gross Today
You can reach out to us today to get started. We are here to help you hold the liable party responsible and move forward in your life. Call us today for your free initial consultation. Allow us to seek justice on your behalf.