Changes in Law
With recent changes in the law, victims of sexual assault can now seek
compensation for previous victimization at the hands of a sexual predator.
In the past, predators were able to avoid compensating their victims,
however, on February 14, 2019, the Governor of New York State signed into
law the New York Child Victims Act. Under this new law, a plaintiff may
bring an action for monetary damages against their abuser up until the
victim reaches the age of 55. The enhancement of the time to file and
action has been expanded as against the employer/organization of the abuser
to include social clubs, recreation organizations, sporting leagues, public
schools, churches, synagogues and other religious institutions.
This new law permits victims of sexual abuse whose claims were previously
time-barred a short window of time to consult an attorney to prepare their
claim, and specific time frames to file the claim itself. Failure to comply
with these new timeframes will once again make such claims unactionable.
Employers of the Abuser Can Be Responsible
It is not only the abuser who may be responsible for monetary damages.
Employers may also be held responsible under such theories as negligent
supervision, hiring procedures or when they knew or should have known
that the abuse was transpiring. All too often, employers or institutions
ignore the signs, or fail to enact protocols to investigate and prevent
sexual abuse. In these cases, the employers actions or inactions can make
them liable for the sexual abuse.
Our attorneys have handled cases which resulted in seven-figure verdicts
for the Plaintiffs and handled cases involving statutory rape, sexual
promotion of a minor, and child pornography. Let our experience attorney
help you receive the compensation you or your loved one deserves.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, please
contact our firm to discuss your case.