Kern County School Sexual Abuse Lawyer
As a survivor of sexual abuse at a school in Kern County, California, you have rights. You may be able to bring a claim against your abuser as well as the school district in pursuit of monetary damages for the harm you suffered. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi has attorneys who have represented over 100 clients in school sexual abuse cases in California. We may be able to help you file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses. Please contact us today for a free and confidential case review.
Why Choose Us?
- Our goal during every school sexual abuse case is to achieve the best results possible for our clients.
- Our law firm has received recognition around the country for our exceptional legal advocates and case results.
- Our lead attorney, John C. Manly, has over 25 years of experience helping sexual abuse and assault clients fight for justice.
How Can a School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Help?
Kern County has 277 schools and thousands of students. Although parents trust schools and teachers in Kern County school districts to keep their children safe, unfortunately, this is not always what happens. School districts can facilitate crimes such as student sexual abuse by failing to implement proper rules and protocols to prevent abuse. If you suffered student sexual abuse in Kern County, a lawyer could help you go up against the district or another powerful educational institution in pursuit of justice. Hiring an attorney can level the playing field between you and the defendant, improving your odds of a successful case.
Why File a Claim?
Bringing a claim for school sexual abuse can repair the damages you suffered in a few ways. It can bring justice against the individual or entity that allowed the sexual abuse to occur, shedding light on dark places in your community and potentially preventing future assaults against students. It can also give you closure and peace of mind after what may have been years of harboring trauma from your past.
Finally, it could result in payment from the defendant for your economic and noneconomic losses. A successful civil claim could end in compensation for your prescription medications, therapy costs, other medical bills, personal pain and suffering, lost income, lost earning opportunities, and diminished enjoyment of life. A judge could also award you punitive damages as a form of punishment against the defendant. Speak to one of our attorneys for an idea of what your claim could be worth.
Childhood Sexual Assault Claims Against Private vs. Public Entities
In the past, school sexual abuse survivors had an additional hurdle to overcome when bringing a claim against a public school. Since public schools are government entities, they had to abide by requirements under the California Government Tort Claims Act. These requirements stated that survivors who experienced public school sexual abuse only had six months from the date of the last act of sexual abuse (or potentially one year) to bring their claims. In 2008, lawmakers amended this requirement, but only changed the deadline for claimants who suffered abuse before January 1st, 2009.
Today, Assembly Bill 218 has changed the government tort claim requirement for childhood sexual abuse survivors with cases that occurred on or after January 1st, 2009. Now, childhood sexual assault survivors with cases against staff members at public school districts no longer have to abide by the tort claim requirement. It is important to contact an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for legal advice right away once you make up your mind to bring a claim against a school district in Kern County.
Contact a Kern County School Sexual Abuse Lawyer
The attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have years of experience and have secured over $2 billion in results for past clients. If you believe you have a case against a school district in Kern County for childhood sexual abuse, please contact us for a private case review. Call (800) 700-8450 to speak to a lawyer today.