Skilled School Abuse Attorneys in Marin County, CA
Teachers and school administrators are supposed to keep our kids safe at school. Unfortunately, sexual abuse in public schools is a growing problem in Marin County. Victims of school sexual abuse deserve to be compensated for what has happened to them, and a new law in California gives more opportunities for justice.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our team has more than six decades of experience helping victims of sexual abuse gain justice and compensation. We are ready to help if you or a loved one have been sexually abused in a Marin County school. When you contact us for a free case evaluation, we will work to formulate a plan to help you move forward.
What Constitutes School Sexual Abuse?
School sexual abuse is abhorrent, and it can happen in a variety of different ways at any of the 80 schools in the Marin County School District. Any sexual misconduct between school staff and students is considered sexual abuse and is illegal (even if the student has reached the state’s age of consent). Marin County school sexual abuse can include:
- A teacher sexually abusing a student in the classroom.
- Sexual contact between school staff and a student off school grounds.
- Sexual abuse that occurs on trips away from school.
- Any sexual activity between students and coaches, club leaders, and mentors at school.
How Much Time Do Victims of Abuse Have to File a Lawsuit?
Victims of childhood sexual abuse process what has happened to them in different ways. Sometimes, a report is made immediately, and the process of justice begins. Often, though, victims of abuse do not report what happened until years later. Some victims may not even realize that they have been victims of childhood sexual abuse until adulthood.
AB 218 took effect on January 1, 2020. This new law in California allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a lawsuit until they are 40 years old or up to five years after they discover the adult psychological injury caused by the abuse. This new law also allows for a three-year “lookback” window in which those who were previously barred from filing claims due to time limitations will be able to file lawsuits.
Why Do You Need an Attorney for These Cases?
Now that AB 218 is in effect, there will likely be an influx of school sexual abuse cases filed in the California court system. Because of this, you need a skilled attorney by your side who will ensure that every aspect of the case is completed correctly. Your Marin County school abuse attorney is responsible for:
- Conducting a thorough investigation of the abuse that occurred.
- Ensuring that all court deadlines are met and that all paperwork is completely filled out.
- Handling tough negotiations with the abuse perpetrator’s legal team (including the school district legal team and insurer).
- Taking your case to trial if the defendants do not offer a fair settlement.
A Marin County School Abuse Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse in a Marin County school, please seek legal assistance today. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are dedicated to helping abuse survivors. We understand the devastating impacts of this type of abuse and will get to work securing the compensation you are entitled to. We want to hear from you – contact us for a free and confidential evaluation of your case today.