Average Value of Sexual Abuse Case against East Mesa Juvenile Facility
East Mesa Juvenile Facility is a detention center for youth offenders between 10 to 19 years old. Located in San Diego, California, East Mesa is a 24-hour maximum security juvenile hall for male and females, who have been charged with a variety of offenses, ranging from truancy to serious crimes, like rape and murder.
These places can be quite volatile at times, and it’s up to the San Diego Probation Department to maintain order and keep everyone safe. Sadly, many of the employees hired by the County of San Diego take advantage of the children that are in these places. As a result, acts of physical and emotional abuse, as well as sexual assault, are extremely common at juvenile halls throughout California. If you are a former resident of East Mesa Juvenile Facility that was subjected to sexual abuse, please consider a free case review with one of our attorneys. We can advise you on your legal rights and provide answers to important questions, like “How much can I receive from a lawsuit if I was sexually assaulted at a juvenile detention facility in California?”
Our main priority is to educate you on the legal actions that are available to you. If pursuing a sex abuse claim is in your best interest, we are more than ready for the challenge of fighting for you and the compensation you are entitled to. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need information from an experienced juvenile hall sexual assault lawyer.
Compensation that can be Recovered
It’s important to understand that a settlement is comprised of various payments, which are known as “damages.” The damages you are eligible to receive are combined to derive a total value, which is the amount you can potentially receive from a juvenile hall sex abuse lawsuit against San Diego County. Categories of payments that may be available to you include:
Medical expenses for physical injuries, as well as treatment for mental health issues
Lost income opportunities, wages, and/or earning potential
Pain and suffering
Cost of legal representation
You may not be familiar with all these damages, but don’t worry, as our lawyers are here to answer all your questions. Our job is to help you understand the legal process and make sure you receive maximum payment from the county, as well as any other entities that have harmed you.
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What are the Factors that Determine the Value of a Sexual Abuse Case?
Each case has its own set of factors and circumstances that will help to determine what the victim is entitled to. That’s why it’s essential to meet with an experienced sexual assault lawyer, who can help you figure out what your own case is worth. Here is a list of some of the issues we discuss with our clients:
The specific acts that were perpetrated on the victim, such as fondling, grooming, sexual harassment, rape and attempted rape.
The types of injuries suffered by the victim, which include mental health issues, like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and PTSD.
How the physical and emotional trauma of the abuse has affected the victim’s life (impact on their relationships, career, lifestyle choices).
The defendant’s actions, i.e., were there any attempts to protect the abuser or a history of abuse at the facility that was covered up?
Is the plaintiff filing a lawsuit on their own or participating in a class action with other juvenile hall sexual abuse victims?
As you’ve probably noticed, valuating a claim is not a straightforward process. There is a lot of ground to cover to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, so please contact us as soon as possible. Our attorneys are ready to take immediate action on your case and fight to bring you justice from a sexual abuse lawsuit against East Mesa Juvenile Facility.
Average Value of a Settlement for Sexual Assault at East Mesa Juvenile Facility
We are frequently asked about an average value for cases of sexual abuse at youth detention facilities, but this is an impossible question to answer, due to the fact that no two cases are alike. The best we can do is to provide you with a range of values that are based on verdicts and settlements we’ve recovered for previous clients. Having said that, there is a signification variation in case values, starting from around $500,000 to over 5 million dollars.
You can see that recovery is high with these claims, and that’s based on many factors that are unique to each claimant. We would say that $500,000 to $1.5 million is a good range to keep in mind, but these are estimates at best, and may not reflect what you can end up with from a lawsuit for sexual abuse at East Mesa Juvenile Facility. For a more accurate case value that reflects the harm you’ve suffered at the hands of the San Diego Probation Department, schedule a free consultation by contacting our office.
Timeline to Settle a Juvenile Hall Sex Abuse Claim
Once you have an understanding of what these claims are worth, you probably have questions about how long it will take to settle your case. The answer depends on the complications that arise during the legal process, and how long it may take to work through these issues. Sometimes, the defendant is quick to offer a settlement in order to avoid negative press, especially if they are a major entity like the County of San Diego. However, initial offers from these agencies are usually very low, and it’s more than likely that we will need to negotiate for a higher payment.
While our goal is to resolve your case within 6 months, that may not be possible if the county is unwilling to negotiate in good faith. If a lawsuit is required, it can take 2 or more years to recover your payment, depending on the type of claim you are filing. We know that this is a lot to process, and frankly, a case timeline is a complex matter that you should discuss with an experienced attorney. For more information on the amount of time it may take to close your case, call us to speak with a juvenile hall sexual assault lawyer.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
No matter how much you can potentially receive from a successful lawsuit, it’s imperative that you take legal action within the statute of limitations that applies to your case. For claims of sexual abuse against a minor, you have 22 years from turning 18 years old (or up to 40 years of age) to sue your attacker or any other responsible entities. You can also base the statute of limitations on the date of discovering the physical or psychological effects of child sexual abuse. Under Assembly Bill 218, you have 5 years from the date of discovery to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault parties. By the way, the law allows you to choose the later of these two dates, so that you have as much time as possible to seek justice. If you’d like to learn more about the deadline to sue for a case of juvenile hall sexual assault, please give us a call.
Schedule a Free Second Opinion
If you have an active child abuse claim against East Mesa Juvenile Facility, you may be in need of a second opinion on your rights and legal options. Even if you have a lawyer that’s handling your case, you may be confused about certain aspects of the law, or feel like you’re not receiving the time and attention you deserve from your current law firm. We offer free second opinions if you want a fresh pair of eyes to review your claim and advise you of the legal actions you can take. Perhaps switching your lawyer is in your best interest, but you are under no obligation to leave your current attorney by speaking with us. Since the consultation is free no matter which road you choose, call us right away to schedule a free second opinion.
The Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Attorneys of DTLA
The lawyers of DTLA Law Group have been fighting for the rights of sexual abuse victims for many years. Our attorneys are thoroughly experienced in lawsuits against private and public entities, such as religious organizations, public school systems, and foster care group homes. If you were sexually violated during your stay at East Mesa Juvenile Facility, you can count on us to recover every penny you deserve from a lawsuit against the San Diego Probation Department.
Our legal services are completely free under the terms of the Zero Fee Guarantee. We put up all the costs of representing you, and wait until the end of your case, when our fees are paid by the defendant. In essence, the only way we get paid is if you get paid. If we fail to recover your settlement, you don’t owe us anything.
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