Child sexual abuse lawyer in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Child Sex Abuse Lawyer
The Los Angeles metropolitan area contains more than ten million people. Given the large population, it is inevitable that many children in Los Angeles will become victims of child sex abuse. Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, the City and County of Los Angeles often fail to investigate these crimes and fail to bring sexual predators to justice.
Often, justice has to be attained by filing a civil lawsuit to hold the people and institutions responsible for the victim’s harm. Craig Charles Law’s sole purpose is to fill this void and fight against predators who abuse underage children.
Without exception, every victim of child abuse suffers some form of psychological trauma that affects them in adulthood. Many child sex abuse victims turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their unresolved pain. Other victims suffer years of depression, anxiety and the inability to have a productive and happy life.
The law firm of Craig Charles Law understands the devastation caused by child sex abuse and we are passionate in our fight to help victims. Our team of seasoned legal experts works closely with private investigators and mental health professionals to ensure that each client’s claim is handled thoroughly.
To provide Los Angeles clients with personalized attention and focus, our sex abuse law firm has two office locations, in West Hollywood and El Segundo. This is all we do! Our extensive experience allows us to achieve maximum results and compensation for each abuse victim.
Victims of child sex abuse often have many questions when deciding to come forward and hire an attorney. Although you are welcome to visit our full website here, the following is a list of the most common questions we receive from victims:
Who Is Responsible for My Harm?
In addition to the person who caused the sex abuse, the following entities may be responsible for compensating you if the abuse occurred under their care or on their premises. Child sex abuse can occur in many settings within the Los Angeles area. Although not a complete list, child sex abuse may occur in any of the following:
- Clergy Sex Abuse
- Sex Abuse in Foster Homes
- Doctor / Therapist Abuse
- Sex Abuse in Sports
- Sex Abuse in School
- Boy Scouts Sex Abuse
Due to the large numbers of schools, athletic organizations, churches, and medical facilities in Los Angeles, the incidence of child sex abuse is higher than almost any city in the U.S. If your abuse occurred in any of the settings listed above, you may have a claim against these entities for failing to protect you. If the harm inflicted upon you is not included in this list, please give our office a call at 424-343-0660 to evaluate whether other organizations may be held responsible.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Los Angeles?
Even if the child sex abuse occurred years ago, victims in Los Angeles may still be entitled to compensation. Recently enacted laws give Los Angeles victims significantly more time to file a lawsuit against their predator. Prior to the enactment of these laws, child sex abuse victims had to file a lawsuit before their 26th birthday. The new laws now allow victims until the age of 40 to bring a claim. And even if the victim is over the age of 40, the courts in Los Angeles allow exceptions under certain circumstances.
For more information about the statute of limitations in a Los Angeles lawsuit, visit: How Long Do I Have to File a Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit
Although victims have more time to file claims, it is important not to wait until the last minute as evidence and witnesses can disappear with the passage of time. We recommend speaking with an experienced sex abuse attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
How Long Does It Take to Settle My Case in Los Angeles?
This is one of the most common questions we receive from new clients. Victims of sex abuse are often anxious about having their case drag on for years. Our law firm understands this concern. Our goal is to resolve each case in a timely manner so clients can have closure and begin to rebuild their lives.
With this said, each case is unique, and it is difficult to give an answer prior to fully evaluating the facts. Many cases settle within a few months. However, others take longer to fully resolve and can last a couple years before resolution is achieved. Regardless, our law firm takes a very proactive approach to settling each case quickly and efficiently.
Feel free to call our office and speak with an attorney who can fully evaluate the facts and give you a clearer estimate of the timeframe of your case.
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled to in Los Angeles?
Sex abuse victims in California are entitled to compensation for past medical bills, future medical bills mental health treatment, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages.
Often, the largest amount of compensation comes in the form of pain and suffering. Predators need to be held accountable for the emotional turmoil and devastation caused by their acts. Our law firm focuses on the client’s story of not only the abuse, but also the damage that comes after. In doing so, we bring each client’s story to life and fully explain why the predator and the organization should fully compensate the victim.
Is it necessary to Hire a Lawyer in Los Angeles to Represent Me?
The Los Angeles civil court system is complex and difficult to navigate for lawyers who don’t practice law in this jurisdiction. Although it is possible to hire a lawyer who does not practice in Los Angeles, we believe that our experience in this city gives our clients the upper hand in resolving the case quickly and for maximum compensation.
Although or law firm practices throughout the State of California, including San Francisco, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, our home base is in Los Angeles and we have years of experience practicing law in Los Angeles courts.
Is It Necessary to Hire a Lawyer Who Has Experience Handling Child Sex Abuse Claims?
Yes. 100%. The area of child sex abuse law is very unique, ever evolving and vastly different than other areas of the law. As a victim, you owe it to yourself to obtain the best legal representation possible. Even if you decide to contact another law firm, make sure that you are speaking with an attorney who understand the complexities and intricacies of sex abuse law.
What sets Craig Charles Law Apart from Other Los Angeles Law Firms?
Craig Charles Law is not a large, mill law firm that handles all types of legal cases. We focus solely on sex abuse and sex assault claims. Our boutique practice allows us to concentrate specifically on obtaining justice for victims of abuse. Unlike large firms, where clients are passed of to a paralegal, and rarely, if ever, speak to their attorney, each client of Craig Charles Law deals solely with an assigned lawyer who will be with you from start to finish.
We consider each client to be a member of our family, we take the time to understand the client, their history, and their story. We ensure that client’s questions are answered, and we take the time to explain the process every step of the way.
Our goal isn’t just about getting the client compensated, we believe we have a responsibility to ensure that the client heals from their past trauma. To this end, we employ a team of highly specialized therapists, medical doctors and mental health professionals who assist the client in becoming whole again.
0ur child sex abuse law firm is here to answer any additional questions and to evaluate the facts of your case. Call today to speak directly with an experienced sex abuse attorney: 424-343-0660.
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