Compensating Abuse Victims

Dedicated Representation For Abuse Victims

How to compensate the abuse victim? What do we, as our clients’ advocates, propose in the way of financial compensation for them symbolic of the justice they deserve? How do juries arrive at exact amount of settlement damages?

At the experienced San Francisco sexual abuse litigation law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we use our litigation experience to help determine the amount necessary to adequately compensate our clients considering the impact of an offense that can be as lasting, physically and psychologically, as sexual abuse.

If you have been sexually abused and want to bring your abuser to justice, contact us immediately so we can hear the details of your situation. We have more than 30 years of experience, a statewide reputation and a record of winning results for our clients.

Statutes Of Limitations

California law includes statutes of limitations on cases involving sexual abuse and molestation that require the bringing of lawsuits within a certain time period. The applicable statute of limitations cannot be reactivated once it expires, so it is extremely important to protect your rights in a timely manner.

The filing of a civil claim on behalf of an abuse victim in California must be made within eight years of the so-called “age of majority.” While nearly every state has a basic suspension of the statute of limitations while someone is a minor, we are one of 28 states to extend this statute based on the “discovery” of child sexual abuse or its effects. Lawsuits can proceed when they are, quoting the law itself here, “…Within three years of the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that psychological injury or illness occurring after the age of majority was caused by the sexual abuse.”

Many times, therapy will prompt an adult survivor of abuse to “discover” or dredge up repressed, painful memories of child molestation, especially by clergy, that occurred many years ago. A person has three years to file a claim, in these instances, due to the discovery rule.

After the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church surfaced, our state also moved to allow lawsuits against those in positions of authority who are aware of unlawful sexual conduct and fail to take “reasonable steps” to prevent such behavior. Plaintiffs must file lawsuits within one year of the discovery of the inappropriate behavior.

Results From Advanced Trial Technology Techniques

The attorneys at Abramson Smith Waldsmith use the latest courtroom technology and electronic case presentation on our clients’ behalf. We want juries to see the big picture, when it comes to what you’ve gone through, understand evidence, comprehend complex issues, and be able to recognize inconsistencies in testimony. Our knowledge and use of apps, social media and other forms of digital media help juries see the inconsistencies, and have lead to large settlements and verdicts awarded to our clients as compensation.

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Fighting for justice in cases involving victims of abuse demands attorneys that are respected, experienced and compassionate. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to share your story with an experienced attorney to learn how we can help.

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