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Los Angeles Sexual Abuse Attorneys

Representing Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape, and Child Molestation in California and Nationwide

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), someone is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds in the United States. RAINN also estimates that as of 1998, 17.7 million American women and 2.78 million men had endured an attempted or completed rape. Despite these sobering statistics, 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will never be sentenced with jail time through the criminal justice system.

Although a criminal conviction can bring some peace for abuse survivors, prosecutors do not always choose to file charges. However, thanks to the #MeToo movement and other widespread calls for sex abuse reforms, California has now implemented new legislation for the civil justice system, allowing victims more time to file a civil sexual abuse claim.

With more million-dollar verdicts and settlements won than any personal injury law firm in California, our experienced Los Angeles lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP are committed to helping victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and child molestation by filing a lawsuit on their behalf. Bringing over 100 years of legal experience to the table, we can examine your case and help you explore all your legal options.

Call(866) 634-4525 today or contact us online today to discuss your sexual abuse case.

Understanding the Statutes for California Sex Abuse Claims

In recent years, California lawmakers have made an active effort to overhaul state sexual assault statutes in both the criminal and civil justice systems. Following the outrage sparked by the Brock Turner case – in which a former Stanford swimmer received a lenient sentence for sexual assault – state legislators approved Assembly Bills 701 and 2088, which changed California’s criminal code for acts of sexual violence and greatly expanded the definition of rape.

In October 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom also signed Assembly Bill 218 into law, extending the statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse claims to give victims more time to file. Because many victims of childhood sexual abuse and clergy abuse are too young and traumatized to report their abusers – and may even suffer from memory loss related to the violence – it can take decades before the victim decides to take legal action. Thanks to AB 218, these victims are now more empowered to seek restitution from their abusers.

Here are the relevant statutes and time limits governing sexual abuse claims in California:

  • Childhood sexual abuse survivors must file a lawsuit by age 40, or within 5 years of discovering the abuse as an adult.
  • Starting in January 2020, survivors in California now have a three-year window to file sexual abuse claims that have previously passed the statute of limitations.
  • Courts are empowered to triple damage awards when sexual abuse happened alongside an attempted or successful cover-up.

What Damages Can I Seek for Sex Abuse?

Whether it happens in childhood or in adulthood, sexual violence ranks among the most traumatic ordeals that a human being can experience. In fact, victims of rape and sexual assault often experience a level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to war veterans, causing significant psychological disturbances and physical pain for years after the incident(s).

The injuries related to sexual violence are devastating, and they can also incur significant costs for you and your family as you seek medical and mental health assistance. A successful civil lawsuit should compensate you for any of these costs, also known as “damages.” In some cases, you may also be able to file a claim against an organization that failed to protect you from institutional abuse, in addition to the abuser themselves.

After suffering sexual abuse, rape, or assault, you may be able to seek compensation for the following:

  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses for the treatment of your physical injuries
  • Ongoing counseling and therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression related to your abuse
  • Past and future lost wages when you are unable to find or maintain meaningful employment because of the abuse

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our nationally-recognized trial attorneys in Los Angeles are ready to stand by your side and help you navigate the process of filing a sexual abuse lawsuit. With a strong track record of winning million-dollar verdicts and settlements in sex abuse cases, we believe in fighting for victims of negligence and abuse. If you or one of your family members has been affected by sexual assault and abuse, we can apply our considerable resources and experience to your case.

Call(866) 634-4525 or contact us online for more information about our legal practice in California and across the country.

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    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • WLALA
    WLALA

    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

  • CAALA
    CAALA

    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

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