You send your children to public school in Palm Springs, California, to get an education, not to become the victims of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, sexual abuse in public schools is more common than you might realize. Perpetrators of sexual abuse can be found in every level of public schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools.
California’s civil legal system allows people to take legal action to hold their perpetrators accountable for sexual abuse when the abuser was a teacher, administrator, another member of the school staff, a school volunteer, or even another student. If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual abuse, a Palm Springs public school sexual abuse lawyer could help you seek justice.
How a Greenberg Gross Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Help You
The state of California takes the rights and safety of its children seriously. There are laws we can use to hold a perpetrator accountable for their actions. At Greenberg Gross, we champion the rights of Palm Springs public school sexual abuse survivors and help them receive the justice they deserve.
We use our years of experience winning multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements to hold perpetrators accountable for the harm they cause to school children. We are compassionate and respectful to our clients. We take the time to listen to you and respond to your phone calls and emails.
Sexual abuse cases are unique. These cases require more of an attorney than other legal matters. We bring sensitivity and kindness to these cases but do not back down from an aggressive defense by a public school system. You have already suffered trauma from the sexual abuse. You can think of us as the castle walls that protect you from the onslaught of litigation that is part of demanding justice.
Compensation in Palm Springs Public School Sexual Abuse Survivor Cases
First and foremost, we want to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions and to make it clear that what they did was wrong. They should not get away with sexually abusing schoolchildren and go on with their lives as if nothing happened.
In addition to the justice and vindication, you might be able to go after additional compensation, including:
- The cost of mental health services to address the emotional harm from sexual abuse.
- Medical bills to treat conditions related to sexual abuse.
- Loss of enjoyment of life, which is often experienced by survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Pain and suffering compensation for the physical discomfort, emotional distress, and inconvenience that resulted from the sexual abuse.
Depending on the facts of your situation, there might be additional types of monetary damages that we could pursue on your behalf.
Who Can Be Liable for Palm Springs Public School Sexual Abuse
People who use their position of authority at a public school to commit acts of sexual abuse on school children can include:
- School volunteers
- Other members of the school staff
- Older students who are placed in a position of authority over younger students
The liable parties for sexual abuse that occurs at public schools are not limited to the perpetrator. When individuals at the school knew or should have known about the abuse and did nothing to stop it, they can bear responsibility along with the perpetrator.
Also, individuals and the district could have liability if they failed to establish safety protocols that would have made sexual abuse of students difficult, if not impossible. Finally, anyone engaged in a cover-up after sexual abuse got discovered could be held accountable.
When You Can File a Lawsuit for Sexual Abuse at a Palm Springs Public School
For decades, sexual abusers got away with their actions because the deadline for filing lawsuits prevented many people from taking legal action against the perpetrators. California lawmakers changed the statute of limitations, effective in 2020. AB 218 allows victims of childhood sexual abuse a longer timeline than before to file civil lawsuits.
- People whose lawsuits got prevented by the previous statute of limitations now have a three-year “look back” window to file lawsuits, regardless of how long ago their sexual abuse happened. However, that window closes on December 31, 2022.
- A sexual abuse survivor has until their 40th birthday to file a civil lawsuit, or five years from the point at which they discover the abuse, whichever date is later.
We realize that these procedural rules can be confusing. We would be happy to explain how the new statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse applies to your case. Please feel free to reach out to us for guidance even if you think that the statute bars your claim. The purpose of the new rule is to allow these lawsuits, not to prevent them.
What Our Legal Team Can Do for You on Your Palm Springs Public School Sexual Abuse Case
Litigation can be highly stressful and labor-intensive. Palm Springs public school sexual abuse cases are no different. If you try to handle your case on your own without a lawyer and legal team, you will have to relive those childhood experiences many times. The stress of litigation can compound the emotional distress you have already suffered.
We can take on the perpetrator and the school district because we have the experience and resources to do so. The defendants might have the financial wherewithal to intimidate a plaintiff into dropping their legal claim, but you will not have to worry about that when we are on your side.
We can draft the litigation documents, gather the evidence, negotiate directly with the defendant and any insurance company, and take the case to trial if necessary. We have paralegals, investigators, and additional seasoned professionals on our legal team.
How to Get Help from Greenberg Gross on Your Public School Sexual Abuse in Palm Springs Case
You do not have to go through the rest of your life wondering, “what if?” Our legal team is not afraid to take on the perpetrator who wronged you, and the institution that enabled the abuser. You can contact us today for a free initial consultation with no obligation.
We can help you stand up for your rights, hold the at-fault parties responsible, and get justice. With the pursuit of justice can come closure, peace, and healing. You deserve the opportunity to put things right. Greenberg Gross is ready to listen.