Camellia Elementary School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Lawyers
Was your child sexually abused at Camellia Elementary School? Were you sexually abused at Camellia Elementary School during your time as a student? If so, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit and recover monetary compensation.
Camellia Avenue Elementary School is located at 7451 Camellia Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605. It is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Unfortunately, elementary schools are often the scene of sexual abuse against children. These innocent children are harmed at the hands of the adults that are trusted to keep them safe. In many of these school sex abuse instances, incidents are covered up and abusers are allowed to keep working around children – often resulting in further abuse.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are currently investigating cases of child sex abuse at Camellia Elementary School. If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher, a coach, or any other school staff, we urge you to reach out to the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your right to sue for child sex abuse at a school.
A Summary of Child Sex Abuse
Child sex abuse can be defined as any sort of sexual contact with a minor. This includes but is not limited to fondling, groping, masturbating in front of a child, forcing the child to masturbate, showing the child explicit images/videos, making sexual comments/jokes, performing or forcing the child to perform oral sex, attempted rape, rape, etc. Sexual abuse can have devastating consequences on children. Children can sustain physical injuries, which can include injuries to genitals, injuries to reproductive organs, fractures, scrapes, lacerations, bruises, sexually transmitted infections, etc. In addition to physical injuries, victims of child sex abuse can suffer mental and emotional harm. Mental and emotional harm associated with child sexual abuse can include depression, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress, etc. In addition, victims of child sex abuse are at higher risk of developing a drug addiction and suicide.
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What Causes or Contributes to Child Sex Abuse at Schools?
Child sexual abuse at schools can usually be traced back to negligent hiring, training, and supervision. Ultimately, the school district fails to do their due diligence to keep kids safe. Consider some of the possible failures listed below:
Failing to subject all prospective employees to thorough background checks
Failing to subject all existing employees to recurring/random background checks
Failing to properly train employees regarding appropriate conduct with children or regarding how to report suspected sex abuse
Failing to ensure that staff is never left alone with a child
Failing to have a clear reporting procedure/policy
Failing to investigate reports of abuse from children, parents, or staff
Failing to remove staff at the first incident
Can I Sue for Child Sex Abuse at an Elementary School?
Yes – you can sue if you or your child suffered sexual abuse at an elementary school. This is because school districts have a duty to keep their students safe on the premises – including any hazards presented by staff on the premises. Whether the sexual abuse occurred because the school district failed to subject staff to background checks or failed to address reports of abuse (or any other reason listed above), the school district could ultimately be liable and could be sued.
Can I sue for the sexual abuse that my child suffered? Yes, if your child was abused at the school, then you can file a claim on your child’s behalf. However, if you choose not to pursue a claim, your child will be able to sue for themselves once he or she turns eighteen.
Can I sue even if I am already an adult and it’s been years since the abuse happened? Yes, even if you are now an adult and it has been many years since you suffered sexual abuse at Camellia Elementary school, you could still have the right to sue. You could still sue if your claim still falls under the filing deadline.
Class Action Lawsuit for Child Sexual Abuse at Camellia Avenue Elementary School – Can I file a class action lawsuit? Can I participate in a class action lawsuit?In instances where there are multiple victims, class action lawsuits are likely. You can certainly participate in a class action lawsuit. In general, participating in a class action lawsuit is as simple as opting-in or opting-out (depending on the case). You will need to reach out to a lawyer immediately and express your desire to be a part of the class action lawsuit.
For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, contact the experts here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Our lawyers are more than ready to guide you every step of the way and help you better understand your right to sue.
Can I Recover Compensation for Child Sex Abuse at Camellia Elementary School?
Yes, you could be entitled to recover compensation for child sex abuse at an elementary school. Some of the different categories of compensation that could be available for recovery for your teacher sexual abuse claim include the following:
Pain and suffering
It is important to note that, based on California law, any cases involving cover ups of sexual abuse can be eligible for treble damages – that is, damages can be tripled.
What is the average value of child sex abuse cases against schools?
These cases are generally high-value cases as child sex abuse is known to have long-lasting consequences for victims and their families. In general, the value of these types of cases can range anywhere from $500,000 to $5 million. Of course, there are many factors that must be considered to determine the value of a claim so your specific case value can fall outside of this range. With class action lawsuits, settlements tend to be higher because there are multiple claimants.
How long do these cases take to settle?
In general, these cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle. Typically, we can settle these cases in two years or less. Class action lawsuits, on the other hand, can take well over two years to settle. Here at our law firm, we understand that it is frustrating to have to wait for a settlement, so we are committed to getting our clients the settlement that they are owed within a reasonable timeframe.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse
All cases are subject to a statute of limitations or a deadline to sue. Typically, in California, injury cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. However, things with child sex abuse cases are very different. Under California law, victims of child sex abuse cases have until the age of forty or within five years of discovering the abuse as an adult to file a lawsuit. This means that even if you were abused as a child and are just now looking into taking legal action, you could still have time to sue.
What about government claims? Claims against school districts are government claims, which are subject to a strict six-month deadline in most cases, even in sex abuse cases. We understand that this creates confusion. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to file your child sex abuse case against Camellia Elementary School and the school district, contact us today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group
If you or your child suffered molestation or other forms of child sex abuse at Camellia Elementary School, it is important that you seek the guidance of a lawyer that can help you with your elementary school sexual abuse case. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our legal team has decades of experience handling sex abuse cases and fighting for the rights of victims and their families. We know this is a difficult time for you. To make things just a little easier, we offer free legal services, which 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, ensuring that you have access to all the information that you need to begin or continue your child sex abuse lawsuit. These are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal fees for our legal services. Since we also work on a strict contingency structure, our clients will not be required to pay anything unless they win their claims.
If you are ready to speak with our Camellia Elementary child sex abuse lawyers, contact us today. The Downtown L.A. Law Group is ready to help you every step of the way.
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