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Though it can be difficult to talk about, we must acknowledge that sexual abuse is an epidemic at juvenile halls throughout California. It’s only within the past decade or so that a flood of victims has come forward as adults, who are seeking justice for what happened to them as juvenile inmates. Kern County Juvenile Hall is one of the many detention centers where children were subjected to abuse, and perhaps you are one of these traumatized victims. Alternatively, you may be the parent of a child who was sexually assaulted or harassed during their stay at Kern County Juvenile Hall.

Those who were victimized by predatory staff members at a juvenile hall have the right to sue the entities that failed to protect them from acts of sexual abuse. That includes the Kern County Probation Department, which is the government agency in charge of Kern County Juvenile Hall. Our lawyers have one mission – to hold these agencies responsible and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve by law. Contact us right away and speak to a lawyer that’s experienced in lawsuits for sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers.

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Can I Sue Kern County Juvenile for the Sexual Abuse of a Minor?

Yes, you can sue for being sexually abused while you were an inmate at Kern County Juvenile Hall. As a general rule, lack of supervision, inadequate screening procedures, and failing to investigate claims of abuse are the reasons that sexual misconduct is so rampant at these places. In short, there is excessive negligence and outright misconduct by those who have sworn to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Frankly, it’s impossible for us to go over all the incidents of failure by county officials and juvenile hall administrators when it comes to how they handle allegations of sexual assault. Many times, we uncover years – if not decades – of complaints against the same employee. But those in charge of the worker spent their energies on hiding evidence and silencing the victim instead of making sure that the inmate is protected from further incidents of abuse. If any form of punishment was levied against the abuser, it was either a short period of paid leave or transfer to another juvenile hall.

The toxic culture of child abuse at these facilities cannot be allowed to continue. That’s why we are so passionate in our commitment to juvenile inmates who were sexually abused by someone that works for or used to work for the Kern County Probation Department.

How to File a Kern County Juvenile Hall Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

Chances are, you have come across sexual abuse lawsuits that are filed against county or state probation departments on the news and noticed that they are often filed by multiple victims that were all abused at the same facility. This is known as a class action lawsuit, which you may be interested in being a part of if you were abused by a Kern County Juvenile Hall staff member.

To file a lawsuit or join an existing class action claim, you will need assistance from an experienced class action lawsuit attorney. That way, you can learn about the pros and cons of these lawsuits and ensure that this is the path you wish to take. To explore your rights and legal options, please give us a call and schedule a free case review.

Amount of Compensation for a Kern County Juvenile Hall Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The average value of a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawsuit is between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000 if there are incidents of sexual assault. If you were sexually harassed at Kern County Juvenile Hall, the amount of compensation may be under $1,000,000. But there are plenty of cases that fall below or above these estimates, so please note that your own settlement value may be different than these figures. Ultimately, the types of injuries, their impact on your life, negligence by Kern County administrators, and many other issues will help us figure out how much you can receive as a victim of child sexual abuse. To discuss the value of your lawsuit against Kern County Juvenile Hall with one of our attorneys, contact us today.

How Long is the Process to Settle a Juvenile Hall Sex Abuse Claim?

Lawsuits filed on behalf of an abused minor can take 6 to 24 months to settle, but in reality, most cases take around 1 to 2 years. If you are filing a class action lawsuit that includes many former inmates, the timeline to settle your case may be 2 to 3 years. There are multiple reasons for why it takes 1 to several years for a juvenile hall abuse claim to settle, but as a general rule, lawsuits against the government take longer to resolve due to the protections that public entities have when it comes to being sued. As a result, there are additional procedures we will need to work through, which is why these cases take longer to settle than you may have expected.

Deadline to Sue for Sexual Abuse against Inmates at Kern County Juvenile Hall

A lawsuit for child sexual abuse at a juvenile detention center must be filed by one of the following dates:

  • 22 years from when the child reaches the age of majority, i.e., 40 years old
  • 5 years from when the victim realizes an injury caused by sexual assault / harassment at Kern County Juvenile Hall.

The second standard is known as the discovery rule, and it has to do with the tendency of a child to suppress traumatic memories. They do this because they may not understand what is happening to them (very common in child sexual assault cases), or they are scared of the repercussions if they “snitch” on someone. No matter the cause, repression of abuse often leads to mental health disorders or physical injuries that are not discovered for many years. Fortunately, adult survivors have 5 years upon the discovery of injuries from sexual abuse if they wish to file a lawsuit.

Don’t be concerned if this information is confusing to you, since our legal team is here to answer any questions you have about the statute of limitations to sue for sexual assault during childhood. Just give us a call as soon as possible and ask to speak to a lawyer that can sue Kern County Juvenile Hall for sexual abuse.

Second Opinion Consultation

You may have heard of second opinions for a medical diagnosis, but you can obtain the same service from a lawyer if you have a pending compensation claim against a juvenile detention facility. There are many reasons to schedule a free second opinion with one of our legal experts. Maybe you are offered a settlement, but you want to make sure that accepting the offer is in your best interest. Or, you have concerns about your lawyer’s experience or dedication to your case, and want to know if switching attorneys is the right course of action. We are here to help, no matter the issue, so please schedule a free second opinion by contacting our office.

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Though juvenile inmate sexual abuse has made headlines in the past few years, this is an issue that has existed for many years, based on the victims we have represented for the past few decades. The difference now is that there are more comprehensive laws to help people achieve justice if they were sexually abused while staying at a youth detention facility.

Obtaining the compensation you deserve should never compromise your finances, as far as we are concerned. From the very first time you meet with, you are protected by the Zero Fee Guarantee, meaning you will never be charged out of pocket for the cost of legal fees. Our payment is based solely on winning your case and receiving a percentage of your settlement award. Otherwise, we make absolutely nothing, even if your case is tried in court.

For a free case evaluation with a Kern County Juvenile Hall sexual assault lawyer, please contact our law firm.

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How Long will My Lawsuit Take to Settle?

We have found that the majority of child sexual abuse lawsuits take 12 to 24 months to settle if the victim is filing a lawsuit on their own. If you are part of a class action lawsuit, the amount of time to settle a Gilbert Street Juvenile Hall abuse lawsuit is probably 2 to 3 years. But timelines can vary significantly, with some cases being settled in a matter of months, while others take over 4 years.

Please note that over 90% of these lawsuits are settled by negotiating back and forth with the defendant. But these exchanges must be done in writing after each side has a chance to consult their attorney, and there’s no limit to the number of offers that can be exchanged back and forth. As a result, most lawsuits for the sexual abuse of a minor take over 1 year, and over 3 years if a settlement cannot be negotiated and the case goes to trial.

Free Legal Services for Sexual Abuse Victims

No one should have to choose between financial hardship and paying for an attorney when they are seeking justice for the harm they suffered at the San Bernardino Central Valley Juvenile Hall. That’s why we have a contingency fee structure, where all legal fees are recovered at the end of your case. Plus, we only get paid if you receive payment from a successful lawsuit, so you owe us nothing if we don’t win your case. This is the Zero Fee Guarantee we offer to all our clients, so you can rest easy knowing that you will never pay out of pocket if you wish to hire a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawyer.

To learn more about suing for sexual abuse at Central Valley Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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