ANAHEIM CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (800) 978-0754
In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving sexual abuse by priests, teachers, and coaches. Child sex abuse is a tragic reality, and one that could have often been prevented if proper screening procedures had been in place. Victims are often afraid to speak up, causing them to lose the right to file a civil claim against their abusers due to the statute of limitations. California has implemented a law to try to remedy this. The California Child Victims Act gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to come forward and seek justice. The act gives childhood victims of sexual abuse a three-year window to file lawsuits against their abusers and anyone who may have enabled or covered up the abuse. If you need help understanding your legal rights, Attorney Michael Rehm can assist. Contact The Law Office of Michael Rehm today at (800) 978-0754.
How Can an Employer Be Held Liable for Employee's Conduct?
Many people do not understand how an employer or organization can be held legally responsible for their employee's conduct. In California, this is explained through the laws of negligent hiring and negligent retention. Negligent hiring and retention are the legal doctrines that hold employers liable for the wrongful acts of their employees if the employer knew or should have known of the employee's propensities for violence or criminal behavior and failed to take appropriate action.
To be held liable for negligent hiring or retention, it must be proven that (1) the employer knew or should have known of the employee's propensities for violence or criminal behavior; and (2) those propensities were a substantial factor in causing the victim's injuries.
Why File a Claim?
If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may be wondering if you should file a claim under the California Child Victims Act. Here are some things to consider:
- Filing a claim can help you get closure.
For many survivors, going through the legal process can help them get closure for what happened. It can also be therapeutic to tell your story, and have it heard by someone who can do something about it.
- Filing a claim can help prevent future abuse from happening.
When abusers are held accountable for their actions, it can help prevent them from abusing other children in the future. Also, when institutions that allow abusers to operate unchecked are held liable, it sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. While it is not your responsibility to prevent this from happening again, it is an added benefit of seeking justice for yourself.
- Filing a claim can help you get compensation for what happened to you.
While no amount of money can ever truly make up for the pain and suffering that you have endured, filing a successful lawsuit can help you get financial compensation that can cover things like therapy, medical bills, and lost wages.
- Filing a claim can give you a sense of empowerment and control.
For many survivors, being able to take action and fight back against their abuser can help them regain a sense of control over their lives. It can also be empowering to know that you are using your voice to speak up for other victims who may not be able to do so themselves.
Contact The Law Office of Michael Rehm
No one should have to suffer through sexual abuse, especially not a child. The good news is that there are laws in place to help victims seek justice, like the California Child Victims Act. If you or someone you love has been sexually abused as a child, do not hesitate to reach out for help and get started on your path to healing. Attorney Michael Rehm has the experience, dedication, and compassion necessary to fight for you. For a free and confidential consultation, contact The Law Office of Michael Rehm today at (800) 978-0754.
MICHAEL REHM - (800) 978-0754
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