Unfortunately, sexual abuse allegations in the foster care system are very common. There have been many instances of reported sexual abuse in foster care. Undeniably, many reports of sexual abuse have largely remained out of the public’s eye. A lawsuit filed by 12 victims describing a well-known foster home as a “house of horrors” has finally brought attention to the travesties that innocent children have been subjected to in foster care homes over the years.
The lawsuit alleges that children in the Los Angeles County foster care system were subjected to sexual abuse at the MacLaren Hall. There were allegations of children as young as 5 years old being pulled out of their beds during the night and abused by employees. According to the lawsuit, the victims who spoke up as children claimed that their reports of abuse were largely ignored and that they were even further physically abused for snitching.
Why is abuse in the foster care system so common? Abuse is common for a number of reasons, including but not limited to improper screening, training, and supervising of employees, as well as the failure to take reports of abuse seriously from the start. In many of these cases, reports are either lost or destroyed or the reported employee is transferred to another unit or another facility where they can continue to abuse even more children.
Without a doubt, these foster care centers and the agencies that oversee them have to be held accountable. If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse during your stay at MacLaren Hall, you must speak with a child sexual abuse lawyer as soon as possible.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have experienced with sexual abuse cases and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to begin or continue your MacLaren Hall lawsuit.
Our law firm has been approached with many questions about this topic, including what is the average value of a sexual abuse case against MacLaren Hall? Without a doubt, this can be a very difficult question to address. To do so, we have to evaluate the factors in each case – which typically include the victim’s age, the type and severity of abuse, and the impact that the abuse had on the victim’s life, for example.
Here at our law firm, we are ready to provide you with the information that you need to gain a better understanding of past settlements and what you could potentially be eligible to recover. For more information about your right to compensation as well as the legal options available to you, contact the experts here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group today.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive if I was Sexually Assaulted at MacLaren Hall?
Ultimately, the amount of compensation that you could receive if you were a victim of sexual abuse at MacLaren Hall will be based on the harm that you suffered and the effect that said harm had on your life. In the recent lawsuit filed for sexual abuse in MacLaren Hall, incidents including groping and rape, for instance. One of the most horrifying incidents consists of one of the plaintiffs being impregnated by her rapist and having a baby while still living at the facility. Without a doubt, the long-lasting effects of sexual abuse cannot be ignored – especially in children who were already coming from less-than-ideal situations (hence living in a foster care facility).
There is no doubt that money does not make up for the trauma resulting from childhood sexual abuse. However, victims can recover monetary compensation for the harm that they suffered. A successful foster care sex abuse lawsuit could include recovery for some of the following:
- Medical expenses for all physical injuries resulting from the abuse
- Expenses for mental health services, including counseling and therapy, for instance
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
Many foster care sex abuse cases include punitive damages, which are awarded in cases of gross negligence in which the defendant’s actions were especially extreme resulting the victim in deserving more payout; in essence, punitive damages are a sort of punishment for the defendant. Our experts expect that punitive damages will prove to be significant in sex abuse lawsuits against MacLaren Hall as the sexual abuse happened for years and was completely ignored even during the class action lawsuit in 2002 that caused the facility to close. In California, there is no limit to the punitive damages that claimants can receive.
Past Verdicts and Settlements for Foster Care Sexual Abuse Cases
Consider some of the past outcomes for foster care sexual abuse cases listed below:
How Much Can My Case Be Worth?
- A 17-year-old sued for the abuse that he suffered in multiple foster homes all before the age of 3. His lawsuit alleged that the state agency and the appointed foster agency failed to screen foster parents prior to placement, resulting in abuse. The victim ultimately received $1.25 million from the state agency.
- A boy that was deaf and had other disabilities was repeatedly raped and sexually tortured by other residents at a facility in Florida. Although the residents (who were also minors) had histories of being sexually violent, the boy was often left alone with them. The facility took no action whatsoever. The abuse left the boy with permanent physical issues as well as mental distress. The case settled for $4 million.
- In May 2021 a lawsuit settled that awarded seven victims of child sex abuse at a group home a total of $6 million. At the time of the abuse, the victims were 11 to 17 years old. They were abused by staff, directors, and even other residents.
We have already discussed the different categories of compensation that could be available for recovery and past settlements for similar cases. However, you could still be asking yourself how much compensation can I receive? Foster care child sexual abuse cases can range significantly. We have seen case settlements ranging from $1,000,0000 to $7,500,000 depending on the case. So, how much can your case be worth? There are many factors to consider. These factors can include the following: the specific type of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct suffered, how many times the sexual abuse happened, the extent of emotional and mental suffering caused by the abuse, and whether the abuse resulted in any injuries. These are all case-specific factors. However, another important factor is your lawyer. If you have an incompetent lawyer, your case value is likely to suffer. Here at our law firm, our lawyers are completely dedicated to getting you the highest recovery available for your claim. Whether we have to negotiate a settlement or take your claim to trial, you can be certain that our lawyers will do everything possible to secure the maximum payout available.
How Long Can It Take to Settle My Case If I File a Lawsuit?
There is no specific length of time that applies to all foster care sex abuse cases. These cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to reach a settlement. It really all depends on how hard the legal team fights for your claim. In addition, the time that it takes to settle a lawsuit can also be affected by the type of lawsuit that is being filed – like an individual lawsuit or a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits typically take many years to settle for a number of reasons, including that they consist of many victims, the lawsuit must be certified, etc. Of course, individual lawsuits can also have a long settlement process, especially if the case goes to trial.
Something that could contribute to a speedier settlement is the on-going media attention that these types of cases get. Due to negative media attention, defendants are sometimes more willing to negotiate a settlement to close the case and stop the negative attention; regardless, it can still take some time to finalize the settlement, as all parties have to agree to the settlement. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, then the only other option is to file a lawsuit.
Upon filing a lawsuit, it can take one year or more to resolve the case. Here at our law firm, our lawyers are ready to do whatever it takes to resolve your case out of court. We normally ask for mediation soon after filing the lawsuit. In our experience, our method has had a high success rate. Of course, if the defendant refuses to budge, we will not hesitate to take your claim to trial to ensure that you get a fair verdict.
How Long Does It Take to Settle MacLaren Hall Sexual Assault Cases?
How long do I have to wait until I get my settlement check? As mentioned above, there are many factors that can ultimately affect the time that claimants have to wait before reaching a settlement. Here at our law firm, we are dedicated to reaching settlements on all cases, including childhood sex abuse cases, in six to eight months. We understand how frustrating it can be for claimants to even thing about waiting for months or years for a settlement – especially after something as traumatic as child sex abuse. Therefore, we always aim to settle these cases as quickly as possible and for the highest value possible.
It is important for you and all claimants to understand that even very minor complications can significantly delay the settlement process. Some minor issues can result in the settlement process extending to about twelve months, while more moderate issues can push this to eighteen months. Severe issues can push the settlement process to two years or more.
Here at our law firm, we will always be upfront with you. You will be kept up to date with the settlement timeline every step of the way. You will never be left wondering what is going on. You can trust that our lawyers will always prioritize your case and getting you the best settlement available within a reasonably time.
For more information about the time that it could take to settle your MacLaren Hall childhood sexual assault claim, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to get you the settlement that you are owed.
How Much Time Do I Have to File My Lawsuit?
All claims are subject to a strict deadline – or a statute of limitations. Victims of child sex abuse have up to the age of 40 or 5 years after discovering the harm caused by the abuse to file their lawsuit (whichever comes later). In addition, victims that had been barred from filing a lawsuit due to an expired statute of limitations now have a 3-year window to file their claims. This is based on AB 218. For more information about the total time that you have to file your MacLaren Hall sex abuse case, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Contact the Child Sex Abuse Lawyers at the DTLA Law Firm
Here at our law firm, our child sex abuse lawyers are ready to help you get the justice that you are owed. You deserve to be compensated for the sexual abuse that you suffered during your time at a foster care facility. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, do not hestiate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are more than ready to take on your case and ensure that you are awarded the highest settlement available for your claim.
We offer free legal services, which include free legal services and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – ensuring that you have access to absolutely all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim. If you are ready to benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will not have to pay upfront legal fees to speak with our lawyers. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will simply not pay anything.
Si usted sufrió abuse sexual infantil, tiene el derecho a someter una demanda. Es importante que busque ayuda legal lo mas pronto posible para empezar el proceso legal. Aquí en nuestra oficina legal, estamos listos para ayudarle completamente en español. Si usted sufrió abuso sexual en MacLaren Hall o en otro orfanato, usted puede demandar y ser compensado. Para mas información, no dude en contactarnos en cuanto le sea posible.