School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Hayward Unified School District
The Hayward Unified School District oversees 43 schools and thousands of students in California. If you were one of them and experienced the terrible crime of sexual abuse or assault from a teacher, speak to an attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi today. Our lawyers have experience bringing lawsuits against public school districts in California on behalf of assault survivors. We may be able to help you hold the district accountable for the crimes you suffered. Call us at (800) 700-8450 for a free consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- Our attorneys have represented over 100 school sexual abuse survivors in lawsuits throughout California.
- Our law firm exclusively handles sexual abuse and assault cases, providing experienced lawyers to obtain justice for clients.
- Our attorneys have collectively won more than $2 billion in case results for clients through hard work and dedication.
- Our lead attorney was named to California’s Top 100 Attorneys by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was included in Super Lawyers.
Services Our Law Firm Offers
Retaining an attorney could help you in many ways during a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Hayward Unified School District. Your lawyer will know how to take care of the complex processes surrounding your case while you concentrate on healing. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is a full-service law firm that performs many duties for clients.
- Free case evaluation
- Accurate estimate of your case’s worth
- Investigation of the facts of your case
- Identification of the correct defendant(s)
- Filing of your claim with the county court
- Negotiation of a fair compensatory award
- Protection of your identity and privacy
Whether you are curious if you have a lawsuit or wish to seek counsel on how to proceed with a case, contact us to request a consultation. We can take over your claim no matter where you are in the process, then guide you through it from beginning to end. Our attorneys will help your case any way possible upon accepting you as a client.
Were You Attending a Public School at the Time of Assault? A New Law Might Bring Positive Change
Until recently, California law forced survivors of student sexual abuse at public schools to obey the Government Tort Claims Act when bringing lawsuits. This meant just six months in most cases, and one year for some, to file their claims before missing the statute of limitations. In 2008, state lawmakers passed a law amending the requirement, but only if the abuse occurred on or after January 1st, 2009.
Recognizing the unfairness of the law for survivors, in 2019, the California Legislature amended the rule again – this time, eliminating the Tort Claim requirement for survivors with abuse experiences dating back to before January 1st, 2009 as well. Today, all student sexual abuse survivors have until age 40 to bring their lawsuits, or five years after the date of recognizing that childhood sexual abuse caused their harm (whichever is later).
Justice in School Sexual Abuse Cases
It is not enough to only hold the individual teacher or another perpetrator responsible for school sexual abuse. The greater school district may also bear accountability for allowing the abuse to occur. The Hayward Unified School District may be legally responsible for failing to prevent the abuse from occurring, such as negligently ignoring allegations of teacher sexual misconduct. It could also be vicariously liable for the misconduct of its employees or volunteers. Filing a lawsuit against all at-fault parties could prompt institutional change and ultimately prevent future incidents of student sexual abuse from occurring.
Speak to an Attorney About Your Case Today
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we have dedicated our lives to helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault. We know how these cases work in California and how to obtain positive results. We also know what survivors need during this difficult time: respect, guidance and trustworthy counsel. Let us walk you through your claim against Hayward Unified or another party. Please contact us online or call (800) 700-8450 for a free legal consultation near you.