School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Mt. Diablo Unified School District
School sexual abuse is a terrible crime the lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi work hard to eradicate. Attorney John C. Manly, founder and managing partner at our firm, has dedicated his life toward helping sexual abuse survivors and bringing an end to this crime. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse at a school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, we can help. We can identify the at-fault parties and go up against them in pursuit of damages on your behalf. Please do not wait to contact our firm at (800) 700-8450 for a private consultation with an attorney.
Why Clients Trust Us
- We believe in pushing for change on an institutional level, not just helping clients. It is our mission to prevent sex crimes in the future.
- We bring years of experience to the table, as well as a history of successful lawsuits. Our founder has over 25 years of experience in this practice area.
- We always treat sexual abuse and assault cases with the highest standards of confidentiality. We can protect your identity from start to finish.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
An attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi will know how to handle your claim for the best possible outcome. We can take care of each step of the claims process on your behalf, from filing the initial lawsuit against the appropriate school district to negotiating a fair and full settlement. While you attend therapy and spend time with your family to heal, we can take care of your case for you. You can rest assured that a lawyer from our firm will have your best interests in mind.
What Is Civil Sexual Abuse Litigation?
When most people think about sexual abuse cases, they picture criminal law. While student sexual abuse is a crime that could lead to a sentence against the perpetrator, criminal consequences are not the only ones a sex offender could face. The offender, as well as other parties, could also be civilly liable.
A civil lawsuit is one a survivor’s attorney brings against parties that could be financially responsible for the claimant’s losses. Civil litigation aims to reimburse an injured party for the losses he or she suffered because of the defendant’s actions, such as pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. It is up to you to hire an attorney to bring a civil lawsuit before the deadline. Your attorney can take care of the burden of proof on your behalf.
During a civil lawsuit, the burden to prove the other party’s fault lies with you or your attorney. The main elements of a civil sexual abuse claim are duty of care, breach of duty, causation and damages. An attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you prove these elements before a judge and jury in California to win your case and obtain compensation.
New Law Changes Things for Survivors of Public School Sexual Assault
Another task a lawyer can achieve on your behalf is filing your civil claim before the deadline, or statute of limitations. Under previous California law, prior to the enactment of AB-218, the statute of limitations on claims against public school districts such as Mt. Diablo Unified was just 6 to 12 months if the abuse occurred before January 1st, 2009.
AB-218, however, allows survivors of childhood sexual assault to bring claims with an extended statute of limitations. With AB-218, cases against public school districts no longer need to abide by the rules of the California Government Tort Claims Act. Claimants will have until age 40, in most cases, to file.
Do Not Wait – Contact an Attorney Today
Regardless of the extended statute of limitations, it is important to seek counsel from an attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible. Prompt action against Mt. Diablo Unified School District for you or a loved one’s sexual abuse could lead to a stronger lawsuit. It could also lead to justice, closure and compensation sooner for you and your family. Please do not hesitate to discuss your potential school sexual abuse case with one of our attorneys. Call (800) 700-8450 or request a callback online today.