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Sylmar Elementary School Janitor Sexual Misconduct Attorneys

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Unfortunately, sexual abuse continues to be a major problem in schools throughout California, including elementary schools. Was your child sexually abused at Sylmar Elementary School? Was your child harmed by the janitorial staff or any other staff at the school? If so, you could have grounds to sue and potentially recover compensation. For more information about the legal options available to you and your family, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.

Our legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group is committed to helping our clients and their families get justice. We are ready to handle your elementary school sexual abuse claim and help you recover the compensation that is owed. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers to explore the legal options available to you, contact us today.

Child Sexual Abuse in Elementary Schools

Child sexual abuse occurs in schools like Sylmar Elementary School far too often. Countless sexual predators work in elementary schools and target children. These children may not understand what happened to them, or they may not have the words to tell a trusted adult that they were harmed.

These abusers often befriend children, talking to them during recess/lunch, giving them gifts, etc. until the children completely trust them. The abuse might occur in a janitorial closet, an empty classroom, or anywhere else on campus; some abusers might lead children away from the school to commit the abuse. Whatever the case, victims are likely to suffer significant harm.

Although every case is different, victims of child sex abuse may suffer the following:

  • Sexually transmitted infections and diseases
  • Unwanted pregnancies (which can risk the life of the child that becomes pregnant)
  • Fractures, lacerations, scrapes, bruises, etc.
  • Mental and emotional harm, including depression, fear, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic, etc.
  • Increased risk of drug addiction
  • Increased risk of self-harm, including suicide

The truth is that victims of child sex abuse often have to deal with the effects of the abuse well into their adulthood and, in some cases, even for the rest of their lives. Some victims might actually have repressed memories that may be unblocked years or even decades after the abuse through rigorous counseling/therapy.

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Can I Sue for Janitor Child Sex Abuse at Sylmar Elementary School?

Yes, if the janitor at your school sexually abused you or your child, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. We recommend that you reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. You could sue the school and the school district. Your right to sue may be on the basis of negligent hiring, negligent training, and even negligent supervising, for example. In addition, if a report was made and the school/district failed to do anything about the situation (i.e., investigate the report and remove the employee from the school), then the school could also be found liable.

This is because schools/districts have the responsibility to keep their students safe. They must ensure that their employees do not pose a risk to children, so they must subject all prospective students to background checks and routine checks once hired. They must also ensure that that all their employees are supervised at all times and that employees are properly trained on both appropriate behaviors towards students and responding to reports of abuse. When a child suffers sexual abuse at the hands of any staff member, including a janitor or a janitorial assistant, the school/district could be liable – and could be sued.

For more information about your right to sue, please do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Whether the abuse occurred at Sylmar Elementary School or at any other elementary school, you could have the right to sue.

Can I Recover Compensation?

Yes, you could potentially recover compensation. What could you recover? What type of compensation could you potentially receive? Although every claim is different, victims of child sex abuse may be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Treble damages
  • Legal fees

Here at our law firm, our team is fully committed to helping you recover the maximum payout available for your claim. Based on the details of your claim, this can be anywhere from $150,000 to $5 million, for example. Our firm is committed to getting our clients the best recovery available within a reasonable time. Although every claim is different, we can typically settle these cases within six to eight months; however, some of the more complex cases may take up to two years (or sometimes more) to settle.

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How Long Do I Have to Sue for Child Sex Abuse at Schools?

Under California law, victims of child sex abuse have until the age of 40 – 22 years after turning 18 – to file their lawsuits for sexual abuse that occurred at a school. There is also a 5-year discovery rule that applies, meaning that victims can file their claims within 5 years of discovering the harm caused by the abuse even if they are passed the age of 40. Although this may seem like plenty of time to file a claim, do not wait to find a lawyer. Failing to file a claim on time can result in losing the right to sue entirely.

If you are a parent interested in pursuing a claim on behalf of your child (while your child is still a minor), there are also deadlines that apply. Contact us today for more information about the time that you have to file.

Sylmar Elementary School Janitor Sexual Misconduct Attorneys

If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, we urge you to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group has many years of experience handling child sex abuse claims involving schools, whether the abuse occurred at the hands of a teacher, a coach, a janitor, or any school staff. Our legal team is committed to fighting for the rights of victims of child sex abuse and getting them justice. If you are ready to speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more about the legal options available to you and your family, contact us today.

To ensure that our team remains accessible to all, we offer free legal services. These include both 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, doing everything possible to ensure that you have access to all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our legal team is ready to guide you every step of the way.

Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Additionally, since we work on contingency, our clients will never be required to pay any legal costs unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will simply not be required to pay anything at all.

To speak with our lawyers about your right to sue for child sexual abuse at an elementary school, contact us today.


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