UPDATE: The DTLALAW GROUP Sexual Assault and Abuse litigation division is currently investigating sexual assault allegations towards Jacqueline Ma at Lincoln Acres Elementary School. If your child was abused or if you were sexually abused by this teacher, contact our law firm today.
The Details of the Arrest – On Tuesday, March 7. 2023, an award-winning elementary school teacher, Jacqueline Ma (34), was arrested. Ma is a 6th grade teacher at Lincoln Acres Elementary School in National City with the National School District. According to the National City Police Department, the investigation began after a parent reported concerns that their 13-year-old child possibly had an inappropriate relationship with Ma in the past. The school district sent out an email and text message to parents informing them that the 34-year-old teacher was taken into custody after police found enough evidence to book her on six felony counts – including three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and three counts of oral copulation with a child under 14.
The teacher was booked at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility.
Investigators still have not released information regarding when the alleged abuse occurred. According to a Parent, Ma started teaching at Lincoln Acres Elementary School since 2013. Parents are worried that there might be other victims.
Investigators are urging parents who believe that their children were abused by Ma to come forward.
My Child Was Sexually Abused. What Can I Do?
If your child was sexually abused by Ma at Lincoln Acres Elementary School, you could have the right to file a child sex abuse lawsuit. You could have the right to sue the school and the school district for the harm that your child suffered. School districts, in general, have a duty to keep students safe from all hazards – including hazards presented by district employees, like teachers and other staff. They must subject all staff to background checks, appropriate training, and supervision, for instance. When there is any suspicion of sexual misconduct, they must quickly investigate the situation and take the necessary actions to ensure the safety of students. Unfortunately, many schools and school districts do not take sexual abuse allegations seriously and actually try to cover up the sexual abuse that occurs in their schools.
Without a doubt, these schools and school districts should be held accountable for any sexual abuse that innocent children suffer at the hands of their teachers.
Can I File a Lawsuit if I was Sexually Abused by Jacqueline Ma?
Yes – if you were sexually abused by Ma when you were still a minor, you could still have the right to file a lawsuit. As mentioned above, parents can sue on behalf of their children. However, if you were sexually abused as a child, you can file a lawsuit as soon as you become a legal adult (as soon as you turn 18 years old) given that a parent has not filed on your behalf in the past. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit for the child sex abuse that you suffered, contact us today.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Victims of child sex abuse are subject to the following deadlines:
- Until the age of 40 (or 22 years after turning 18)
- 5 years from the date that you discovered or should have discovered that the harm that you suffered was caused by the sex abuse (this is called delayed discovery)
If you fail to file your claim on time, then you could risk losing your right to sue entirely. For more information about the total length of time that you have to pursue your child sex abuse claim against the National School District for the abuse that occurred at the hands of Jacqueline Ma, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Understanding Potential Recovery
Child sex abuse cases are often associated with high-value settlements. First and foremost, it is important to understand that child sex abuse can lead to extensive physical, mental, and emotional harm. Victims can suffer injuries to genitals, to reproductive organs (which can be permanent), sexually transmitted infections, etc. In addition, victims can suffer post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic, fear, depression, etc.
When suing for child sex abuse, claimants could potentially be awarded compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Mental health expenses (including counseling and therapies)
- Lost earnings (or earning capacity)
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Under California law, if the child sex abuse was covered up, then the victim could be eligible to receive up to three times the damages awarded.
So, how much could you receive?
Average Case Value – In general, child sex abuse cases can range from $500,000 to $5 million, and sometimes even more. However, we cannot determine a possible case value without first evaluating your case thoroughly, as there are many factors that can affect the value of your case. For more information about what you could be eligible to receive, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
Average Settlement Time – We understand that having to file a case for something as traumatic as child sex abuse can be very difficult for victims and their families. Because of that, our experts are committed to settling these types of cases as quickly as possible. In general, our team aims to settle these cases within just six months. However, this isn’t always possible due to different complications. Most cases are settled in under 2 years.
Here at our law firm, our expert lawyers are committed to getting you the highest settlement available within a reasonable length of time. For more information about the payout that you could receive and how long you could expect to wait the settlement process to take, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our team is currently investigating the sexual abuse allegations against Jacqueline Ma and Lincoln Acres Elementary School. If you believe that your child was a victim, please reach out to our team as soon as possible. If you were sexually abused by Ma when you were a student years ago, do not hesitate to reach out – you could still have the right to sue even if the abuse happened years ago.
Our team has decades of experience handling child sex abuse cases and holding all negligent parties and entities accountable. 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 absolutely all your concerns. No matter whether you are looking to begin your child sex abuse claim or redirect it after already starting it elsewhere, our lawyers can guide you every step of the way.
Because of our Zero-Fee Guarantee, our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency, meaning that our clients will never have to pay legal fees unless their claims are successful; all legal fees will come from your settlement, so you will not be required to pay anything out of pocket.
If you are ready to speak to our child sex abuse lawyers, contact us today.