School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Bakersfield City School District

A school district should look out for its students. It should take steps to ensure their wellbeing, such as hiring reliable staff members and enforcing protocols to handle emergencies, such as allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher. Unfortunately, not all school districts abide by these responsibilities. When they fail, students can pay the price. 

As a survivor of the terrible crime of student sexual abuse at one of the 43 schools in the Bakersfield City School District, you have legal options. Please contact an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi to learn more about your case during a confidential consultation.

Reasons to Choose Our Firm

  • We take confidentiality seriously, always protecting each client’s privacy and interests.
  • We have won settlements and verdicts totaling over $2 billion for past clients.
  • We have more than 25 years of experience representing sexual abuse survivors.
  • We always take a personalized approach to law, tailoring our strategies.
  • We care not only about our clients but also about preventing future incidents of abuse.

When to Contact a Sexual Abuse Attorney

If you are an adult survivor of school sexual abuse in the Bakersfield City School District, you may still have the right to go up against your perpetrator and/or the school district. Filing a civil lawsuit could shed light on criminal acts within your old school – acts that may still be occurring today. Coming forward now could help prevent other students from experiencing the same trauma you suffered. It could also give you justice and closure, as well as a compensatory award if your lawyer wins your case on your behalf.

Types of Compensation Available

Obtaining a financial award is often just a bonus on top of achieving justice for survivors during won lawsuits against school districts for sexual abuse. However, winning compensation could help with expenses you still pay for your past trauma, such as antidepressant medications or psychiatric therapy. A tangible type of relief from the parties that caused your harm could also give you a sense of closure for a traumatic past.

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental trauma
  • Lost wages or future lost income
  • Legal expenses and court fees
  • Punitive damages

An award you could secure from the Bakersfield City School District or another party could help you and your family move forward with peace of mind and financial stability. Find out the potential monetary value of your civil sexual abuse case during a consultation with one of our attorneys today.

Civil Lawsuits Against Public School Districts Were Treated Differently in the Past

Historically, California law enforced the rules of the Government Tort Claims Act against cases involving public schools and their districts. This meant survivors of childhood sexual assault at public schools only had six months (or, sometimes, up to one year) to file their claims or lose the option of demanding compensation altogether. Although a law passed in 2008 to eradicate these requirements, it only applied to survivors with cases after January 1st, 2009.

Assembly Bill 218 has finally changed things for public school abuse survivors in California. As of January 1st, 2020, survivors with incidents dating before January 1st, 2009 also do not have to abide by the requirements of the Tort Claims Act. If you are a survivor of public school sexual assault in the Bakersfield City District, you now have more time to file. It is important to contact an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi expediently. One of our lawyers could help you pursue fair compensation for your losses.

Call (800) 700-8450 for a Confidential Case Review

The attorneys at our law firm only accept cases involving sexual abuse or assault. We have years of specific practice area experience and have represented over 100 survivors of school sexual assault in California alone. We know how to handle cases against large and powerful school districts, including Bakersfield City, for student sexual abuse. If you wish to find out how we can help you as a survivor, please contact us today.