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East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Lawyer

East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility is a maximum security youth detention center located in San Diego, California. Like any juvenile hall, East Mesa is supposed to provide a safe and secure environment for children who are awaiting court proceedings or have already been sentenced by the courts. Tragically, acts of child abuse are all too common at these facilities, including physical abuse and sexual assault.

If you were sexually assaulted by a guard, probation officer, or any other employee of East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, please take some time to explore your rights and legal options with the attorneys of DTLA Law Group. Our lawyers have extensive experience with sexual abuse cases against private and public entities, including public school systems, religious organizations, foster care group homes, and youth detention centers. We are more than ready for the challenge of representing you and ensuring that the County of San Diego pays for their negligence and misconduct.

Los Angeles Juvenile Facilities Sued for Incidents of Sexual Assault and Physical Abuse

Nearly 300 boys and girls that were detained at juvenile halls throughout L.A. County filed a lawsuit in December 2022. The plaintiffs allege that they were repeatedly subjected to acts of child abuse, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, and beatings from the guards and officers of the Los Angeles Probation Department. Most of the victims were too scared to report the abuse, as they were threatened with even more violence or additional time on their sentences.

These brave individuals are finally coming forward, and it’s a powerful statement to anyone out there who was failed by the juvenile justice system. We hope this lawsuit will provide you with hope and courage, and the realization that you don’t have to suffer in silence. DTLA Law Group is with you every step of the way, and we will not rest until you are properly compensated by the County of San Diego.

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The payments you can receive from a successful lawsuit depend on the losses you’ve suffered as a result of being sexually abused at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. A sexual abuse lawyer at our office can verify which damages you can ask for, but these lawsuits usually include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Counseling fees / rehabilitative services
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering / emotional distress
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Punitive damages     

In addition, it’s possible that you may be entitled to treble damages under California’s law on child sexual abuse. If it can be proven that the defendant engaged in a cover up attempt to conceal evidence of what you went through, they may be ordered by the court to pay you three times the value of your settlement. As you can imagine, this is a significant addition to any award, so it’s crucial to work with an attorney that can explore every available avenue to maximize your payment.

Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: Average Case Values

The effects of sexual violence, especially on a minor, produce lifelong injuries to the body and mind. When these cases happen in places that are supposed to keep children safe, victims typically end up with settlements ranging from $1 million to $7.5 million. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a rule of thumb when it comes to how much you can receive from a sexual abuse lawsuit against East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. Factors like the extent of your injuries, the number of incidents, and the specific acts that took place are used to determine what a client is entitled to from the at-fault party. Thus, we recommend that you contact our law firm and schedule a time to speak with one of our attorneys.

How Long Does It Take to get Paid on These Claims?

Our goal is to negotiate your settlement and help you move forward with your life as quickly as possible. That’s why we strive to recover all payments within 6 months, though we want to be upfront about the fact that these cases can take longer to resolve. Much of this has to do with the complications that are involved when you’re suing a government entity, especially for incidents like child sexual assault. It can take one or more years to achieve the settlement you deserve, especially if your case goes to trial.

Statute of Limitations to File a Child Sexual Assault Lawsuit

In California, the statute of limitation to sue for a sexual abuse case is 10 years if the victim was an adult (18 or older) at the time of abuse. But the time limit is greatly extended for acts of child sexual abuse, which means you may have grounds for a lawsuit even if you were assaulted many years ago.

Under California’s Assembly Bill 218, you have up until the age of 40, or 22 years after turning 18, to file a compensation claim for childhood sexual abuse. Alternatively, you can take legal action within 5 years from when you discovered the effects of sexual abuse while you were staying at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. If you’re wondering which of these dates you should go by, the answer is: whichever comes later.

Regardless of which statute of limitations applies to your situation, speaking to a lawyer right away is the best way to ensure that justice is served. Our lawyers are ready to take immediate action on your case, so please give us a call as soon as possible.

Free Second Opinion

If I’m in the middle of a sexual abuse claim, can I switch my lawyer? Can I get a new lawyer if I’m not happy with how my case is being handled?

A lot of claimants come to us with these questions, and we certainly understand the frustration you feel if you’re dissatisfied with your current attorney. Fortunately, the law allows you to fire an attorney no matter where you are in the legal process. But is changing lawyers really in your best interest? That’s the question we would like to help you with during a free second opinion consultation. Yes, you read that right – this is a completely free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. If you decide after the consultation to switch over to our law firm, we will take care of the entire transfer process at no cost to you. For a free second opinion from a child sexual abuse lawsuit attorney, contact us today.

Speak to a Juvenile Hall Sexual Abuse Attorney

The law is meant to protect society from criminal behavior, but juveniles that are on the wrong path also deserve protection from the legal system. In particular, county agencies like the San Diego Probation Department must provide compassionate care and discipline to their residents. Unfortunately, various acts of negligence by these entities allow sexual predators to take advantage of these minors.

The attorneys of DTLA Law Group have been representing sexual abuse victims for many years, and we know the devastation that even one incident can have on your life. If you have been a victim of sexual assault and other forms of child abuse while you were detained at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, our lawyers are ready to fight for you and the justice you deserve.

Our law firm works on contingency, so you don’t have to worry about legal fees. We believe it’s the county that should be paying us, since they are responsible for the abuse you’ve suffered. Thus, we wait to get paid at the end of your case, and if we don’t recover your compensation award, you owe us absolutely nothing under the Zero Fee Guarantee.

If you’re ready to discuss your rights and legal options with a juvenile hall sexual assault lawyer, call us today and schedule a free case review.

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