When parents send their children to public school, they expect that the staff and faculty will have the children’s best interests at heart. They expect that the teachers, coaches, and staff will watch out for their children and that the school district will create policies and procedures to ensure students are protected.
Unfortunately, these expectations are not always met, and as a result, children sometimes suffer sexual abuse at the hands of people they should be able to trust. If you or a loved one suffered from sexual abuse at a Los Angeles public school, you deserve answers. More, you deserve justice. A Los Angeles public school sexual abuse lawyer at Greenberg Gross LLP can advocate for justice and compensation on behalf of you or your loved one.
Sexual Abuse Is Common in Public Schools
If you or your loved one suffered sexual abuse in a Los Angeles public school, you are not alone. Child sexual abuse is unfortunately common, with more than 57,000 substantiated cases across the U.S. in 2016 alone, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an international anti-sexual violence organization.
Most child sexual abuse survivors report that they knew the perpetrator, and most perpetrators are adults. This can make children hesitant to speak out, fearing retaliation or negative consequences from a relative, neighbor, or authority figure.
Sadly, many child sexual abuse cases in public schools go unreported, leaving survivors without the support they need to seek justice and compensation for the physical, psychological, and financial difficulties they experience due to the abuse.
How Our Los Angeles Sexual Abuse Lawyers Pursue Claims
At Greenberg Gross, we are dedicated to supporting the survivors of sexual abuse throughout the legal process. We provide skillful representation for personal injury survivors, even against large entities like Los Angeles public schools.
After sexual abuse is revealed in a public school, the school and the district may use the substantial resources at their disposal to fight the allegations. They may hire legal teams and engage in intimidating or threatening behavior. You do not have to face these entities alone.
Our attorneys can provide the support you need to fight back against a powerful Los Angeles school district. We will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations and surrounding circumstances
- Obtain evidence to establish the abuser’s liability
- Seek evidence of a coverup by the abuser, school, or district
- Calculate the total damages for the claim
- File a lawsuit against the appropriate parties
- Take the case to trial and defend your right to fair compensation
Our child sexual abuse attorneys are aware of the tactics used by schools and school districts to reduce their liability in child sexual abuse cases. We know how to counter those tactics and will vigorously pursue all the responsible parties to ensure that every involved party is held accountable.
Statute of Limitations in California Sexual Abuse Cases
Per California Penal Code § 288, there may be a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party in a child sexual abuse case. Recent legislation passed under AB 218 expanded the deadline in many cases.
Even if you survived sexual abuse many years ago, you may still have time to seek compensation and justice for your losses. Your Los Angeles public school sexual abuse lawyer will know which deadlines apply and how best to proceed from a legal standpoint.
Establishing Fault in a Los Angeles Public School Sexual Abuse Case
One of the most important steps in a public school sexual abuse case is establishing who is liable. While the abuser is the first and most apparent party to be held accountable, there may be others within the school and the district who could be held responsible for failing to take steps to prevent or stop abuse or covering up the abuse afterward. Those responsible parties may include:
- Administrative workers
- School counselors
- Staff and other school employees
- School district officials
This is not an exhaustive list of potential defendants in a public school abuse case. Our lawyers are passionate about holding all the at-fault parties accountable for abuse they perpetrated, facilitated, or covered up. We will not hesitate to take all the responsible parties to court to seek justice on behalf of our clients.
Damages You May Claim in a Los Angeles Public School Sexual Abuse Case
If you or your child suffered from sexual abuse in a Los Angeles public school, an attorney who handles California sexual abuse cases can help you seek compensation and justice. At Greenberg Gross, we are firmly committed to holding perpetrators accountable for their despicable actions.
Child sexual abuse can have significant lasting effects on survivors, creating physical, psychological, and financial hardships. While we understand that financial compensation cannot make up for the difficulties faced by sexual abuse survivors, our goal is to ensure that survivors have the financial support they need to focus on their health and well-being.
Damages you may seek include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Our attorneys will conduct a thorough case review and advise you of the best way to move forward with your case, depending on the particular circumstances of the situation.
Contact Us to Get Started On Your Los Angeles Public School Sexual Abuse Case
If you or a loved one suffered child sexual abuse in a Los Angeles public school, you do not need to face these challenges alone. The sexual abuse attorneys at Greenberg Gross are here to provide sound legal advice and guidance throughout the legal process. We know how hard it can be to pursue justice, even years later, and we will be here to provide the legal support you need.
Contact our office today to discuss your case and learn more about your legal rights in a California sexual abuse case.