Were you a victim of sexual abuse during the time that you were detained at a juvenile hall in California? If so, the abuse that you suffered is considered child sexual abuse, and you could have the right to sue. Yes – you can sue even if its been many years since the abuse occurred. If you are interested in exploring the legal options available to you, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Based on the details surrounding your specific situation, you could be eligible to recover significant compensation.
For more information about your legal options, contact the experts here at our firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers have decades of experience and are ready to go above it all to help you recover the highest settlement available for your claim. If you suffered sexual abuse during your time at any detention center or juvenile hall center in the state, our lawyers can help you take legal action and hold the liable party or entity accountable. If you are ready to speak to our lawyers, contact the experts here at our law firm at your earliest convenience.
List of all Juvenile Halls in California
- Alameda Juvenile Hall
- Barry J. Nidof Juvenile Hall (Sylmar Juvenile Hall)
- Central Juvenile Hall (Eastlake Juvenile Hall)
- East Mesa Juvenile Hall
- Eastlake Juvenile Hall (Central Juvenile Hall)
- High Desert Juvenile Hall
- Imperial County Juvenile Hall
- Indio Juvenile Hall
- Kearney Mesa Juvenile Hall
- Kern County Juvenile Hall
- Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall
- Orange County Juvenile Hall
- Riverside Juvenile Hall
- Sacramento Juvenile Hall
- San Bernardino Juvenile Hall
- San Francisco Juvenile Hall
- San Jose Juvenile Hall
- San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall
- Santa Maria Juvenile Hall
- Southwest Juvenile Hall
- Sylmar Juvenile Hall (Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall)
- Ventura County Juvenile Hall
If you were sexually abused at any of the facilities listed above or at any other juvenile detention center in the state, contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you.
The Lasting Effects of Child Sex Abuse
No matter the reason that you ended up detained at a juvenile hall, you were a child, and you should have been kept safe during your time at the juvenile hall facility. Child sex abuse is known to have lasting physical, mental, and emotional effects. The most obvious effects are always physical; physical harm resulting from child sex abuse can include injuries to genitals, injuries to reproductive organs, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, fractures, lacerations, etc. Mental and emotional effects can include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, fear, etc. In addition, victims of child sex abuse are at an increased risk of drug use as well as of suicide.
Do I Have the Right to Sue if I was Sexually Abused at a Juvenile Hall in California?
Yes – you could have the right to file a lawsuit. If the facility was operated by a city, county, or state agency, then you could sue the agency directly. This is because these facilities are supposed to be safe for all detained youth. Operating entities have the duty to ensure that these facilities remain safe – they must ensure that they are subjecting employees to background checks, properly training employees, properly supervising employees and detainees, and actually addressing reports of sexual abuse or any sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, youth detained at juvenile hall facilities are often overlooked just based on the fact that they are detained. However, no matter the reason that youth is detained (whether it is because of committing a crime, awaiting a court date or adjudication, or simply waiting for a foster placement), these facilities should remain a safe place for all.
If you have further questions about your right to file a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawsuit, contact the experts here at our law firm today. Our California juvenile hall sexual abuse lawyers are ready to help you every step of the way.
What Compensation Is Available for Victims of Sexual Abuse at California Juvenile Halls?
Some of the different type of compensation available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical expenses – including expenses for mental health services
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
- Wrongful death benefits – awarded to surviving family if the victim ultimately died as a result of the abuse
- Treble damages for coverups – total compensation could be tripled if the abuse was part of a coverup under California law
For more information about the specific compensation that you could be eligible to receive, it is important that you seek legal assistance immediately. Our lawyers are more than ready to fight for your rights and do everything possible to secure the highest recovery available for your claim.
The Average Value of Sexual Abuse Cases against Juvenile Halls
What is the average value of sex abuse cases against juvenile hall facilities? Child sex abuse cases are typically high-value cases that can range anywhere from $1 million to $7.5 million – in some cases, settlement values go well above this range. Ultimately, the value of a child sex abuse claim is based on many factors, including the type of abuse suffered, the resulting harm, whether the harm was permanent or had lasting effects (including physical, mental, and emotional effects), and whether the sexual abuse was covered up. In California, victims can be awarded triple damages if it is determined that their sexual abuse was covered up.
For more information about the possible value of your sexual abuse case against a juvenile hall in California, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you need.
Getting a Settlement – How Long Do I Have to Wait?
Here at our law firm, we understand how difficult it can be for victims of child sex abuse to come forward and file lawsuits. The process can be physically, mentally, and emotionally tolling. Here at our firm, we are committed to settling these types of cases as quickly as possible – so that you can get your settlement and put the traumatic experience behind you once and for all. Typically, we can settle these cases within six to eight months. Sometimes, the settlement process takes longer as issues come up; still, our team will do everything possible to settle your case in under two years. We are also committed to keeping our clients up to date every step of the way so that they are never left in the dark wondering what is happening with their claim.
Class action lawsuits typically take well over two years to settle. For more information about the time that you might have to wait to get a settlement for your child sex abuse case against a juvenile hall center in California, contact our lawyers today.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Under California law, victims who were sexually abused as minors have until the age of 40 or 5 years after discovering the harm caused by the abuse to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file your lawsuit on time, then you could lose your right to sue entirely. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the statute of limitations or deadline to sue that applies to your claim, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you have questions regarding how to file a claim or would simply like to discuss your legal options, contact the juvenile hall sexual abuse lawyers here at our law firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling child sex abuse cases against different types of facilities, including juvenile halls. Our lawyers are ready to go above it all to fight for your rights and help you recover the highest settlement available.
Free Case Reviews – we are proud to offer free legal services, including free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are looking to start your claim or change lawyers if you are unhappy with your current representation, our lawyers can help you. Our sexual abuse experts will be available to answer all your questions and provide you with all the information that you need to fight for your rights.
Zero-Fee Guarantee – our clients are never required to pay upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Since our firm works on contingency, our clients will never pay any legal fees until after winning their claims. Even then, legal fees come from the settlement, so clients will not have to pay anything out-of-pocket.
If you are ready to speak with our trusted California juvenile hall sexual abuse lawyers, contact us today!