Riverside School Sexual Abuse Attorney
Riverside County, California contains 26 school districts and 520 schools. These schools are responsible for the wellbeing of tens of thousands of students. Sadly, not all schools or school districts take their responsibilities seriously enough. Many school districts negligently and intentionally facilitate crimes such as student sexual abuse.
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we believe it is unacceptable for a school district to perpetuate student abuse by failing to notify the authorities, allowing teachers with criminal histories to continue teaching or overlooking possible signs of sexual abuse. It is our mission to bring school districts and other entities to justice on behalf of survivors. Contact us today if you believe you have a case.
Why Clients in Riverside County Choose Us
- We are more than qualified to help you seek justice, with national recognition as top sexual abuse attorneys.
- Our lead attorney has awards, accolades and more than 25 years of experience helping abuse survivors.
- We have the case results to showcase our ability to obtain positive outcomes for our sexual abuse and assault clients.
When to Contact an Attorney
Student sexual abuse is an extremely serious crime that no school or teacher should ever commit. If this crime happens, however, survivors should take action to protect their rights and spread awareness. Seeking counsel from a sexual assault lawyer could be one of the first steps toward a brighter future. Speak to a lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible for advice on what to do next. Your attorney can steer you in the right direction toward justice and compensation while you focus on moving forward.
What Makes a Civil Lawsuit Against School Districts Different?
Student sexual abuse claims against school districts take the form of government tort claims since a school district is a government entity. Historically, under the California Tort Claims Act, survivors of student sexual abuse only had 6 months, or in some cases, 12 months, from the date of the last assault to file notices against the agencies where they suffered the abuse. Thanks to a new law, however, that has changed.
Assembly Bill 218, taking effect January 1st, 2020, does away with the requirement for childhood sexual assault survivors to bring their claims within the year. If a survivor previously missed the deadline for an incident that occurred before January 1st, 2009, he or she may now be able to bring a claim under AB-218. It is important if you are a survivor of childhood sexual assault at a school in Riverside County to speak to one of our lawyers right away about a potential lawsuit.
How to Bring a Claim Against a Riverside County School District
School districts can be vicariously liable for the misconduct and criminal actions of their teachers, as well as for the actions of other personnel, such as administrators and volunteers. Going up against a school district in Riverside County, however, can be difficult as a claimant. These are large and powerful educational institutions with plenty of resources to spend on fighting your claim.
If you believe you have grounds to pursue damages from a school district for facilitating the sexual abuse you suffered as a student, contact an attorney right away for legal assistance. An attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can guide you through the steps of bringing a claim, such as naming all appropriate defendants and filing your claim with the Riverside County civil courts. An attorney can then fight for fair results on your behalf.
Contact a Riverside County School Abuse Attorney
We care about our clients at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. We are more than just sexual abuse attorneys. We are our clients’ greatest advocates. Let us take on your school sexual abuse case in Riverside County with tailored legal services and exceptional client care. Begin your case with a phone call to one of our professionals. Call (800) 700-8450 or contact us online to request a free consultation. Initial consultations are always completely confidential.