Average Value of a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
Are you a former resident of Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, also known as KMJDF, who suffered sexual abuse during your stay? If so, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the county of San Diego. KMJDF is a maximum security youth detention center in San Diego, California. Minors at the facility may be serving time after a court hearing, awaiting sentencing, or waiting to be placed at a facility that’s more appropriate for their needs. During that time, they are vulnerable to child abuse in all forms, including physical abuse and sexual violence.
These incidents can occur between juveniles, but in most cases, the perpetrators are staff members, such as guards, social workers, and program managers. Some juveniles are forced into a sexual act, while others are manipulated into it over a course of weeks or months. These are both examples of sexual assault, as individuals under the age of 18 old cannot consent to sexual activity under California law.
As a victim of juvenile hall sexual abuse, you are likely to have many questions regarding your rights and legal options. For example, you may be interested to know, “What is the average value of a sexual assault lawsuit against Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility?’
For more information on the process of suing for a case of juvenile hall sex abuse, contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation.
Compensation Available to Sexual Assault Victims
As a victim of sexual abuse at a juvenile detention facility, you can seek reimbursement for the harm you suffered, which includes economic and non-economic damages. The specific payments you can demand depend on your financial and emotional losses, but as a general rule, here are the damages that are available in these cases:
Medical costs for the treatment of physical and mental injuries.
Lost wages / income, or lost earning potential
Pain and suffering for the physical and emotional ordeal from being sexually abused.
Emotional distress / mental anguish
Cost of legal representation
Don’t be concerned if some of these terms are unfamiliar to you. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and help you understand exactly what you are entitled to from the abuse you suffered at Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. For a free one-on-one case review with a sexual assault lawyer at our law firm, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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What is the Average Value of a Juvenile Hall Sex Abuse Case?
Having a sense of what can be recovered from these lawsuits is valuable information, and we can say for certain that settlement values are typically high with these cases. But it’s important to understand that your situation is unique, with its own set of injuries and lifelong complications. That’s why it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, who can help you determine what your lawsuit is worth.
A sexual abuse claim against KMJDF may be worth around $1 million to $5 million, based on similar cases we’ve handled in the past. Of course, there are many cases that fall below these amounts, but even lower value claims of childhood sexual assault fall within the 6-figure range. In general, $500,000 is a good starting point for the majority of these lawsuits, while the highest value claims may exceed $10 million.
As we can only provide estimates, it’s in your best interest to schedule a free consultation with one of our legal experts. That way, we can talk about all the necessary factors that apply to your situation and determine a settlement value that’s adequate for what you’ve gone through. Please give us a call if you’re interested in learning the approximate value of your own sexual abuse claim against Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility.
Factors Used to Determine the Value of a Sexual Abuse Claim
In this section, we will provide some information on the factors that are used to determine what a sexual abuse case is worth. These factors are essential to go over, as no two cases are alike, and there are various circumstances that will set one case apart from another. Below are some examples of the elements that we will need to evaluate before we can start the process of calculating your damages:
What types of sexual acts were suffered by the victim?
What was the victim’s age at the time of the abuse, relative to the perpetrator’s age?
What were the injuries sustained by the victim (which include physical and emotional injuries).
Does the victim have long-term or lifelong health issues from the abuse, including psychological damage such as PTSD, depression, suicidal ideation, and sleep disorders?
How have the victim’s injuries impacted their earning potential, interpersonal relationships, and other aspects of their life?
Were there acts of gross negligence by the defendant to cover up evidence of sexual abuse against the victim or other children in the same facility?
What type of legal action is the victim pursuing (filing a claim on their own versus joining a class action lawsuit)?
We know these are very specific questions that will not be easy to talk about. However, our goal is to bring you justice by obtaining the highest possible settlement from the system that failed you. Please know that our lawyers have extensive experience with sexual abuse claims against foster care homes, school systems, and various other entities that are charged with the care and nurturing of children. You can count on us to treat you with compassion and respect as we fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Long Do These Cases Take to Settle?
At the end of the day, suing for a case of childhood sexual abuse is about justice, and providing victims with a sense of resolution so that they can move on with their lives. That’s why our main priority is to settle your claim as fast as possible, while ensuring that you receive a fair amount of compensation. Achieving both of these goals can be a time-consuming process, though we strive to bring a closure to all cases within 6 to 8 months.
However, lawsuits against government institutions often take longer to resolve, especially when a sensitive issue like sexual assault against minors is involved. Depending on the legal actions that are needed (for example, if your case goes to trial), it can take 2 or more years to recover your settlement award from the responsible parties.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The answer to this question is a bit complicated in the state of California due to the provisions of Assembly Bill 218. Essentially, you have up to the age of 40, or 22 years after turning the age of consent, to sue for an incident of child sexual assault. However, it can take child victims a very long time to confront, or even recognize that they were abused in such a manner by the adults that were supposed to protect them. That’s why the law also allows adult survivors up to 5 years after discovering the effects of child sexual abuse to bring forth a lawsuit. We can explain exactly what this means during a free consultation, so that you can choose the statute of limitations that applies to your situation. Keep in mind, however, that it’s important to take action sooner than later, so that you can be one step closer to receiving compensation and putting this painful incident behind you.
Do You Need a Second Opinion?
Have you filed a Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility sex abuse claim with another law firm? Hopefully, you are receiving the time and dedication you need from the lawyer that’s handling your case. If you are not happy with your current attorney, please consider meeting with us for a free second opinion. Many people assume that they’re stuck with a lawyer depending on where they are in the legal process, but you have the right to find new legal representation at any point. Still, this is not a decision you should jump into, and there may be other legal options that are available to you. Our job is to evaluate your case and help you determine the best course of action. This is a free service here at DTLA Law Group, so contact us right away to schedule a second opinion consultation.
Representation from an Experienced Child Sex Abuse Attorney
The horror stories of what juvenile hall residents go through has been well-documented for many years, but unfortunately, many of these children are denied justice from the legal system. The state of California is seeking to change that by allowing as much time as possible for lawsuits to be filed by adult survivors of child sexual assault. If you or someone you know was physically and/or sexually abused at KMJDF, please take this opportunity to speak with one of our attorneys.
All of our clients receive free legal services, starting from the initial consultation. We work on contingency, which means your legal fees are paid by the defendant as a part of your settlement. What happens if we don’t win your case? You are protected by our law firm’s Zero Fee Guarantee, so you are off the hook for any of our expenses.
If you’re ready to speak with a juvenile hall sex abuse lawyer, call DTLA Law Group and schedule a free case review at your earliest convenience.
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