Tulare County School Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Teachers who sexually assault students and school districts that negligently facilitate abuse must answer for their actions. Do not hesitate to seek legal help from an attorney with experience at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for student sexual abuse in Tulare County. We have helped over 100 survivors of sexual abuse fight for justice and compensatory awards in California alone. We may be able to help you, too. Please call (800) 700-8450 today to schedule a confidential consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- We have years of experience handling school sexual abuse cases, with a long history of successful case results.
- We have a staff of lawyers and personnel to help with each case, dedicating ample resources to achieving the best possible outcome for each client.
- We have a lead attorney who has been included in Super Lawyers, as well as California’s Top 100 Attorneys by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Why Contact a Sexual Abuse Attorney?
A sexual abuse lawsuit can be difficult without help from an attorney. You may not know how to protect your rights or bring a claim against the defendant (the at-fault party). The perpetrator may not be the only defendant, for example, as school districts are often vicariously liable for the actions of their teachers. Going up against a public school district in Tulare County is what we do at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. We are not afraid to go up against powerful educational institutions on behalf of our clients. We can take cases to court, if necessary, for the results you deserve.
New Laws May Affect Civil Suits Against Public School Districts
Another reason it is important to hire an attorney to represent your school sexual abuse case is to help you navigate complicated laws, such as the California Government Tort Claims Act and Assembly Bill 218. Before AB-218, the Tort Claims Act placed a strict six-month deadline on most childhood sexual abuse and assault claims. Although a law passed in 2008 to extend this deadline, it only applied to survivors with cases that occurred after January 1st, 2009.
With the passing of AB-218, lawmakers lifted the six-month time limit for survivors with incidents that occurred before January 1st, 2009. AB-218 means lawmakers have done away with the government tort claim requirement for childhood sexual assault survivors with cases against public school districts. It is important as a survivor to speak to an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible to help you navigate all related civil laws in California.
Do You Have a Case?
Any sexual act between a teacher and a student is a crime. At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we believe perpetrators should face the fullest extent of the law for their crimes. Our lawyers, however, focus on the civil side of cases – the side that aims to give survivors closure. To have a civil case against a person or school district for student sexual abuse, you must have at least four main elements.
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty of care
The burden of proof rests on you during a civil lawsuit for sexual assault. A lawyer from our firm can help you gather evidence to prove these four elements before a judge or jury, if necessary, for compensation for the harm you suffered. Your attorney can help demonstrate that a teacher and/or school district in Tulare County owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care, breached this duty negligently or intentionally, and in doing so caused your damages.
Speak to a Tulare County School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today
If you experienced sexual abuse as a student at a school in Tulare County, California, you deserve justice. The lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you achieve the results you need to move forward from the trauma you suffered. We can help you fight for closure and financial compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses. Discuss your case with us during a free consultation to learn more. Call (800) 700-8450 today to schedule yours.