Breaking News – Joel Sanchez Madrigal (age 47), a Fontana man who worked as a youth softball coach, has been arrested under allegations of sexual abuse. Investigators are searching for additional victims.
Madrigal was arrested on the suspicion that he sexually abused a twelve-year-old girl. He was arrested on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Bloomington, California by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. According to the authorities, Madrigal is accused of being in contact with twelve-year-old girl, including committing lewd acts by force and attempting to commit sexual penetration with a foreign object. Since Madrigal was a girls softball coach in the area, investigators believe that there may be other victims. They are urging anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.
If your child was a victim of this Fontana softball coach, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact us as soon as possible. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our child sex abuse lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim.
About Child Sex Abuse
What is child sex abuse? Child sex abuse is an umbrella terms that refers to any sort of sexual conduct towards a minor – as minors can never consent to sexual contact. This can include rape, attempted rape, penetration with objects, fondling, touching, groping, massaging, kissing, masturbating in front of the minor, forcing the minor to touch the attacker, sending inappropriate images or texts, or even making sexual comments to minors, for example. Child sex abuse can look very different from case to case.
No matter the specific abuse suffered, victims are likely to suffer significant consequences. Some of the effects of child sex abuse include the following:
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Injuries to genitals
- Injuries to reproductive organs
- Fractures, lacerations, and other injuries (especially if there was a struggle)
- Mental and emotional harm (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, etc.)
- Increased risk of developing drug addiction and substance abuse problems, in general
- Increased risk of self-harm and committing suicide
Unfortunately, many victims of child sex abuse deal with the aftermath of their abuse for the rest of their lives. They must go through many years of counseling/therapy to work through the trauma caused by the abuse. Some victims even block out the incident, and they suffer for many years without knowing why (until they undergo extensive therapy/counseling to unblock repressed memories).
Who Is Liable for Child Sex Abuse?
This is a very important question. Of course, the attacker should be held responsible for the sexual abuse that he or she inflicted on the minor. However, depending on the circumstances, civil lawsuits may be brought forth against specific entities – like those that may have negligently hired the abuser, for example.
Although the authorities did not provide information on the organization that the suspect was affiliated with (whether it was a private youth sports organization, an after-school program sports team, or a school sports team, for example). All of these entities could potentially be liable for negligent hiring (failing to subject individuals to background checks), negligent training, negligent supervising, etc. In addition, these entities could be liable for failing to investigate and address any reports of sexual misconduct or sexual abuse made against their employees. In other words, victims (and their parents) could sue these entities.
For more information about the legal options available to you for child sex abuse, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Can I Recover Compensation?
Yes – you could be eligible to recover compensation for the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a softball coach. Although every claim is different, some of the categories of compensation available for recovery can include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Treble damages
- Legal fees
Here at our law firm, our child sex abuse experts are more than ready to fight for your rights to recover the maximum settlement available for your claim. You might be wondering about the possible value of your claim or even the time that it could take to settle your claim. In general, these claims are associated with high settlement values, although the specific value of your claim will be strictly based on details of the abuse (like the type of abuse, the times the abuse occurred, the resulting injuries, etc.). Besides being committed to getting you a fair settlement, our team is also committed to resolving your case within a reasonable length of time; for some cases, we may be able to reach a settlement in under eight months, while some cases may take up to two years to settle.
File Your Claim on Time – How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
This is one of the most important questions that victims could ask as all claims are time-sensitive and failing to file on time could result in losing the right to sue. Victims of child sex abuse have until the age of forty (or twenty-two-years after the age of eighteen) with a five-year discovery period to pursue their claims. If you are a parent looking to file a claim on behalf of your child, do not wait to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible for information on the total length of time that you have to pursue your claim.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our child sex abuse lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group understand how difficult it can be for victims of child sex abuse to pursue claims. We are committed to making the legal process as simple as possible for victims and their families. When you allow our team to handle your claim, you can trust that our lawyers will do everything necessary to handle things smoothly and help you recover the settlement that you are owed. If you would like to speak with our legal team about the options available to you, contact us today.
We offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our coach child sex abuse lawyers will answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. Even if you are not sure about whether you want to pursue a claim, you can trust that our team will help you access all the information that you need. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee Guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, our team works on contingency, so our clients will not be responsible for legal fees if they do not win their claims.
Contact our child sex abuse lawyers today.