Child sexual abuse is a criminal offense, punishable by jail time, fines and more. However, abused victims may be unaware that they can seek additional justice by filing a civil case.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury lawyers have assisted the vulnerable across New York City for more than 40 years. Our aggressive representation focuses on getting results for you. Whether you suffered abuse as a child or are the parent of a child who has suffered, we provide the thorough, dedicated guidance you need.
Why Pursue A Civil Case?
After reporting the offense to the police and enduring the criminal prosecution of the aggressor, you may be hesitant to pursue further legal action. However, benefits to filing a civil case include:
- Recovering compensation — We pursue damages for your physical and emotional recovery efforts, including for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Seeking further justice — Whether or not the aggressor was convicted, victims can still file a civil case to pursue justice that allows them to move forward.
- Holding your aggressors accountable — A civil case can pursue accountability for the abusers beyond the potential penalties issued in the criminal justice system.
Ultimately, a civil case allows you the opportunity to fight back against the trauma you suffered by seeking compensation against your aggressor and other liable third parties.
The New York Child Victims Act
In New York, the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors has recently been extended. This is due to the Child Victims Act (CVA), which provides more time for the survivor to press charges and more time for those in a civil case to make a claim for financial damages.
Some survivors do not properly recall sexual abuse events until much later in life. Prior to the new act, survivors had one to five years after they turned 18 to file a claim. The CVA makes it possible for those who have not already filed a claim to file one up until the age of 55. Another important change the act provides is all claims that have expired under the old statute now have an extension for survivors to seek money damages. The extension is limited, however. If you are thinking about filing a claim that was once expired, contact our law office today.
How We Work With Victims
Sexual abuse cases may go to court but can also reach settlements. Our attorneys work together with our clients and are sensitive to the emotions involved. We also prioritize maintaining your privacy. However, we are aggressive and relentless in our approach to hold your abusers accountable.
Targets of sexual abuse claims include both individuals and institutions such as churches, schools, care facilities, athletic programs and more. Such institutions may have helped, harbored or protected the abuser. We thoroughly investigate your claim to determine who was involved in or allowed such abuse. Once we determine this, we take appropriate action to pursue the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
Learn How We Can Assist You
Learn more about how we help our clients by scheduling a free initial consultation with us in New York City. Working on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay us unless we recover compensation for you. Contact us by calling 212-514-5007 or by sending us an email.