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The Antelope Valley Juvenile Court is located at 1040 W Ave J, Lancaster, CA in Los Angeles County. Like other juvenile courts, this is where juveniles are brought before a judge when they commit a legal offense. This includes minor infractions like traffic violations, vandalism, and drug possession, along with violent crimes that require confinement at a maximum security unit. But the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court also handles cases of neglect and abuse, where the child is removed from the home and placed in a different setting, like a residential group facility.

At the end of the day, judges and staff members of the juvenile courts have a duty to protect children and do what’s best for their health and well-being. But they can also be the source of lifelong injury and trauma if they are negligent in their duty of care to a juvenile inmate or ward of the court. Sadly, this is what happens to countless children in juvenile detention centers that are operated by Los Angeles County.

As attorneys with decades of experience in sexual abuse lawsuits, we have seen far too many adults that abuse their authority for the purpose of grooming and sexually abusing innocent children. But the system that allows the abuse to go on day after day, year after year is also responsible for these atrocities. If you or your loved one was sexually abused due to a failure by the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court, please contact us today to learn about your rights from a juvenile inmate sexual abuse lawyer.

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Do I have the Right to Sue Antelope Valley Juvenile Court for Sexual Abuse?

Yes, you have the right to sue for being sexually abused due to negligence by the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court system. Technically, you would be filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, since they are the governing agency in charge of the Antelope Valley Juvenile Office and court house.

Within a court system, there are many individuals that play a role in the arrest, adjudication and sentencing of a juvenile inmate. From probation officers to judges to appointed guardians, a child depends on many adults to look out for their interests. Unfortunately, some of these individuals target children to victimize, which is easy to do within the juvenile inmate population. Sexual grooming, assault, and other inappropriate conduct can happen at a youth detention center, in the court building, or at any other location while a youth offender is out on probation.

In short, there are many opportunities for sexual abuse by a child molester, and most of these cases are due to a lack of preventative measures or a failure to recognize the signs of an inappropriate relationship. Even if they are made aware that a child is being abused in a sexual manner, county officials may choose to hide evidence, let investigations slip through the cracks, or take actions to protect the abuser, rather than the victim.

Virtually every case we have investigated on behalf of our clients involves negligence and misconduct by the court system, probation department, or another entity of LA County. This is why the county of Los Angeles is often in the news nowadays for lawsuit involving the sexual abuse of minors. As a child sex abuse victim, you may have the option of suing for mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other forms of compensation. Just give us a call to learn more about the option of filing an Antelope Valley Juvenile Court sexual abuse lawsuit.

Filing a Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit against Antelope Valley Juvenile Court

If you were one of the many victims of sexual abuse due to negligence by the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court system, you have the right to join a class action lawsuit. Essentially, you are filing a lawsuit with others who were sexually abused as juvenile inmates of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. This is an effective way for hundreds to thousands of people to obtain justice at the same time, though you also have the choice of filing a lawsuit by yourself, which is known as a personal injury claim.

An Antelope Valley Juvenile Court class action lawyer can walk you through your legal options and help you choose the best course of action. Then, we will take care of all the necessary paperwork and fight to bring you maximum payment for the harm you’ve suffered.

Antelope Valley Juvenile Court Average Case Values

Average settlement values for sexual abuse lawsuits against the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court are between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000. But how much you can receive will vary from several hundred thousand dollars to over $10,000,000 based on many issues that we can discuss with you during a free consultation. Generally, the amount of compensation is higher for incidents of sexual assault versus sexual harassment. An Antelope Valley Juvenile Court sexual assault claim may be settled for $2,500,000 to $5,000,000 on average, while harassment cases may be worth $1,500,000 or less. For a detailed explanation on how much you can ask for in a juvenile inmate sexual abuse lawsuit, contact us today.

Settling my Case – How Long will It Take?

Child sexual assault and abuse lawsuits can take 1 to 2 years to settle, based on the legal actions we need to take and cooperation from the County during the negotiation process. It’s also worth noting that the LA Probation Department is dealing with a significant backload of compensation claims from current and former juvenile detention center inmates for physical and sexual abuse. As a result, achieving a fair settlement amount will not be a quick process for most of these cases. If a trial is needed due to the county’s unwillingness to make you a fair settlement offer, resolving your lawsuit will take over 3 years, but we are almost always successful in reaching a settlement out of court. .  

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How Much Time Do I have to Sue Antelope Valley Juvenile Court for Sexual Abuse?

The statute of limitations for a sexual abuse lawsuit depends on your age at the time of the incident (or when the abuse began if there were a series of incidents). For sexual misconduct victims who were 18 or over, the time limit to sue for monetary damages is 10 years. But the deadline is very different for those who were minors, meaning you were younger than 18.

The first option is to file a claim by your 40th birthday, as the law provides you with 22 years to sue for child sexual abuse, starting from the age of adulthood. But there are many instances where the victim does not realize the damage caused by incidents of child abuse until they are much older. We often see examples of adults who seek therapy for mental health disorders that were caused by child molestation and other abuse by a member of the juvenile court system. However, the victim does not correlate these issues with their current suffering because they have spent so much time and energy repressing the trauma they experienced.

Once they fully understand how these events and their mental health struggles are related, this is the point where the discovery rule applies. Regardless of how old you are, California law gives you 5 years from the discovery of injuries associated with sex abuse during childhood if you wish to file a lawsuit.

To learn more about the statute of limitations for an Antelope Valley Juvenile Court sexual abuse lawsuit, contact our office and talk to one of our attorneys.

Zero Fee Guarantee

Here at DTLA Law Group, we have a policy known as the Zero Fee Guarantee. This is our way to ensure that you receive free legal services for the entire duration of your case. If you are eligible for a lawsuit against the Antelope Valley Juvenile Court, we will cover all the costs associated with your lawsuit and ask for reimbursement from Los Angeles County. In other words, we only receive payment by winning your case.

For a free consultation on your rights and legal options, contact our law firm as soon as possible.

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