Recoverable Damages in a Sexual Abuse Case
The psychological effects of child sexual abuse can be devastating to a child and the costs associated with health and psychological care over the span of a child’s life can be very costly. Although no amount of financial compensation can ever truly right this wrong, compensation can help victims and their families get counseling and support to help rebuild their lives. Large verdicts and settlements can also send an important message to individuals and organizations to be more careful with the lives of our children. Because sexual predators tend to abuse more than one victim, pursuing a civil lawsuit can help prevent the person who committed the harm from doing the same to another child.
In most cases, the abuser does not have sufficient resources to compensate his victim. But others associated with the abuser may bear some legal responsibility. For example, the abuser’s employer may bear legal responsibility if they knew or should have known about the abuse. There is a long history of abuse occurring in environments we send our kids to every day including: sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts; at day care; sexual abuse in sports leagues (little league, Pop Warner, park sports leagues, etc.); sexual abuse in residential care facilities or hospitals; sexual abuse in summer camps; sexual abuse in churches, parishes and other places of worship; and sexual abuse in foster care homes.
If the employer failed to properly screen an abuser or supervise the abuser, then they too may have legal culpability. California law also requires that certain people report suspected child abuse including school employees, social workers, clergy, employees of care facilities and medical professionals. If one of these people failed to report an incident they should have known about and the failure to report contributed to the abuse, then that person or the organization they work for may be legally culpable.
At The Law Offices of Scott Glovsky, we understand how difficult it can be for victims to come forward and pursue legal action against those who harmed them. Our attorneys are skilled and sensitive in handling these emotional issues. To learn more about how we can be of assistance to victims of child molestation and sexual abuse in Pasadena and Los Angeles, please contact Law Offices of Scott Glovsky today for a free and confidential consultation. We want to help, call us at 1-877-316-2093 or complete our online form.