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Pregnant at MacLaren Hall? – You May Have the Right to Sue!

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MacLaren Hall (now known as the MacLaren Children’s Center) opened back in the 1940s; it was supposed to serve as a have for children who were unwanted, abandoned, or abused. However, because of overcrowding at juvenile halls, youth with criminal backgrounds were also housed at MacLaren Hall, causing the facility to be run similarly to a prison. At one point, MacLaren Hall housed more than 4,000 children.

This facility operated for more than 40 years. It closed only after a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California; this lawsuit proved that the county failed to provide the youth at the center with adequate medical care. It has been approximately 20 years since MacLaren Hall’s closure. The property was converted into county offices.

In June of 2022, another lawsuit was filed against the county on behalf of 12 people, all of whom claimed that they were sexually abused at MacLaren Hall. According to the lawsuit, victims (some as young as 5-years-old) were pulled out of their beds at night and abused by MacLaren Hall employees. Victims claimed that reports were ignored; some victims suffered further abuse for trying to report or reporting their abuse.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse has always been a major problem in the foster care system. Although MacLaren Hall was supposed to be a safe place for children, the children were instead subjected to nightmarish conditions and horrific abuse. Many victims were left dealing with the aftermath of their abuse – some even got pregnant as a result of the sexual abuse that they suffered at the hands of employees.

If you were abused during your time living at MacLaren Hall and ultimately got pregnant as a result, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the county. For more information about the legal options available to you and your right to sue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our expert team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group. Our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need and help you get justice.

Our team has decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including child sex abuse claims. Our sex abuse lawyers are more than ready to handle your claim and help you recover the maximum payout that you are owed. Contact us today.

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Can I Sue if I Got Pregnant due to Abuse at MacLaren Hall?

Yes, you can sue. Although you wouldn’t be suing specifically for the pregnancy but rather for the sexual abuse. Your right to sue for sexual abuse at MacLaren Hall is based on the county’s failure to keep you safe while in the facility. MacLaren Hall was operated by Los Angeles County; therefore, this lawsuit would be filed against the county.

Child sex abuse can come in many forms, including rape, attempted rape, sodomy, any form of penetration (including with objects), groping, touching, forced kissing, etc. The aftermath of abuse looks different case to case. Some victims may suffer sexually transmitted infections, injuries to reproductive organs, injuries to genitals, and pregnancy. Victims are also likely to suffer mental and emotional harm, including but not limited to depression, fear, panic, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Of course, this can be long-lasting harm that can require extensive medical care and, in some cases, counseling and therapy. Some victims suffer from suppressed memories; different areas of their life can be affected, and they may not even know it (this may include a general mistrust of authority, an inability to hold down a job, an inability to form normal relationships, etc.).

In the case of pregnancy, specifically, victims may find themselves having to go through the unwanted pregnancy, which takes a physical, mental, and emotional toll on the victim. Whether the victim chooses to raise the child or give the child up after birth, there is still significant mental and emotional trauma that occurs as a result.

If you got pregnant as a result of the abuse that you suffered during your time at MacLaren Hall, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Can I still sue even though it has been years? Yes, you may still have the right to sue – as victims of child sex abuse have among the longest timeframes to file lawsuits.

For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.

Can I Participate in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits are relatively common in these situations of foster care child sex abuse as many victims suffer similar harm. Although there has been class action lawsuits against Los Angeles County for the abuse suffered at MacLaren Hall, these lawsuits have concluded. Still, more class action lawsuits can arise. You may be just one of many victims that got pregnant from the sexual abuse. If you are considering starting or joining a class action lawsuit, reach out to a child sexual abuse class action lawyer as soon as possible.

What Compensation Is Available for Victims of Child Sex Abuse at MacLaren Hall?

This depends on the specific details surrounding each claim. In general, child sex abuse claims may result in some of the following compensation:

  • Medical costs (including costs associated with mental health services)
  • Lost income or lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Treble damages (for cases in which the abuse was covered up)
  • Legal expenses
Understanding the Average Value of Child Sex Abuse Cases

What is the average value of my case? How much will I be awarded if I file my lawsuit for child sex abuse that left me pregnant? Although these are very common questions, they are questions that can be very difficult to answer. The different factors that determine the value of these claims include the type of abuse that occurred, the harm caused by the abuse, and the permanency of the abuse, for instance. In addition, if the abuse was covered up, then the victim would be eligible to receive treble damages – or up to three times the damages awarded. In general, these are high value cases. A single-action lawsuit can easily be worth $1.5 million, for instance. Class action lawsuits are known to reach multi-million-dollar settlements.

Here at our law firm, our experts are committed to helping our clients recover the maximum payout available for their claims. Whether this means that we have to negotiate a settlement or take the claim to reach a verdict, our lawyers are ready to go above it all to secure the maximum recovery available for your claim.

How Long Does It Take to Settle MacLaren Hall Sexual Abuse Claims?

Although our team can sometimes settle these cases in six to eight months, sometimes this simply is not possible. In general, the more complex the case, the longer it takes to settle. In general, our team is committed to settling even complex child sex abuse claims in under two years. When it comes to class action lawsuits, the settlement process can take many years, simply because of the type of case.

Our team understands the mental and emotional toll that these lawsuits can take on claimants. Therefore, we are committed to handling these claims effectively from the start until being able to secure the highest payout available. We understand that receiving a settlement will never erase the trauma resulting from the child sex abuse. Still, pursuing compensation and receiving it a payout represents getting justice and holding the negligent entity accountable.

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How Long Do I Have to File My MacLaren Hall Child Sexual Abuse Claim?

All claims are subject to a statute of limitations – or a deadline to sue. This establishes the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. Under California, victims of child sex abuse have until the age of 40 (that is 22 years after turning 18) to file a lawsuit; there is also a 5-year discovery rule (or 5 years after discovering the harm resulting from the abuse). So, how long do you have to sue? If you are under the age of 40, you may still have the right to file your lawsuit. If you are over the age of 40 but are within the discovery rule, you may still have the right to sue. If you are unsure of the time that you have to pursue your claim, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file your claim on time.

MacLaren Hall Abuse Led to Pregnancy – Child Sex Abuse Lawyers

You should have never been subject to sexual abuse during your time at MacLaren Hall. If the sexual abuse that you suffered ultimately led to pregnancy or any other harm, you could have the right to file a lawsuit against Los Angeles County. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, we urge you to seek legal assistance with the legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Our lawyers are more than ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need. Contact us today to speak with our MacLaren Hall pregnancy child sex abuse attorneys.

To ensure that our legal services remain as accessible as possible, our team offers free legal services. These include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Whether you want to begin the legal process or redirect your claim after starting it elsewhere, you can trust that our team is ready to guide you every step of the way. To benefit from our free legal services, contact us today.

Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure, so our clients will not be required to pay any legal fees if their claims are not successful.

If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us today.

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