Sacramento School Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Sacramento County is responsible for thousands of students at 398 different schools. Unfortunately, not every teacher and school employee is committed to the safety of students. Many students suffer unimaginable harm under the supervision of teachers in California. If you or a loved one is a survivor of school sexual abuse in Sacramento County, contact the attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for a free consultation. Regardless of how long ago the incident occurred, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
- We have highly experienced attorneys. Our founder, Attorney John C. Manly, has over 25 years of experience representing sexual abuse survivors.
- We have a long history of achieving positive case results on behalf of sexual assault and abuse clients in California.
- We care deeply about each client who counts on us for representation. Our attorneys use personalized client services to achieve the best possible results.
Services We Provide in Sacramento County
Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is a full-service sexual abuse law firm with an office in Irvine, California. Our West Coast sexual abuse lawyers have spent their lives gathering experience and education in this practice area to better assist survivors with the civil claims process. We can provide many services to clients during school sexual abuse lawsuits in Sacramento County.
- Counseling sex abuse survivors on their rights and options
- Investigating allegations of school sex abuse
- Gathering any available evidence and testimony
- Hiring experts to help our clients’ cases
- Bringing civil actions against child sex offenders
- Representing cases against school districts
- Negotiating for positive results
- Protecting the identities of our clients
Whether you simply want someone to talk to or wish to aggressively go up against a school district in Sacramento County, our attorneys can help. We treat all sexual abuse and assault clients with respect and according to the highest standards of privacy. Our firm has recovered more than $2 billion for past clients.
Who Is Liable?
When sexual abuse pervades a school in Sacramento County, more than just the sexual offender could be civilly liable for the student’s damages. At a private school, the school could be vicariously liable. At a public school, the greater educational institution could be liable. This may be the school district or the government. Like an employer, a public school will be liable for the actions of its teachers, other employees and volunteers. A public school will also be liable for its own actions that may have facilitated sex abuse, such as hiring a teacher with a criminal background or failing to take action against known cases of abuse.
Civil Lawsuits Against School Districts vs. Private Entities
Until recently, the State of California treated lawsuits against school districts differently than the same types of childhood sexual abuse lawsuits against private entities. Since school districts are government entities, claims had to meet the requirements of the Tort Claims Act. One of these requirements was a strict six-month to one-year deadline on bringing the lawsuit if the conduct occurred on or before January 1st, 2009. The passing of Assembly Bill 218, however, changed that.
With AB-218, the California Legislature has done away with the government tort claim requirement for childhood sexual assault survivors for assaults that last occurred prior to January 1st, 2009. After January 1st, 2020, these survivors will not have to abide by previous time limits to seek damages from public school districts for sexual assault. It is important to contact our law firm as soon as possible as a survivor to receive counsel from experienced lawyers.
Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi Today
The lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi offer cost-free and confidential consultations. We always protect the identities of those who contact us for counsel with sexual abuse cases. We invite you to contact us if you have questions about a potential case. Please call (800) 700-8450 to speak to an attorney today.