Child abuse is:
Child abuse laws in most states require that once physical injury on a child becomes apparent certain people are required to report it, including:
If these people were aware of the child abuse and did not report it they may be responsible to the child for the injuries that he/she suffered at the hands of the abuser.
Time is of the essence. Each state has a "statute of limitations," which is the time limit when you are permitted to bring a lawsuit. If you delay past this time period, you will be prohibited from bringing a lawsuit for child abuse. Consult with a local lawyer to learn more about the time limits for bringing a child abuse lawsuit in your area.
Some states extend the time limit within which to bring a child abuse lawsuit. These states usually allow the lawsuit to be filed a specific number of years after the child reaches adulthood, or after the abusive memory that was repressed resurfaces.
Victims of child abuse often have a difficult time recovering for their losses. Most child abuse incidents involve individual abusers who do not have insurance or sufficient assets to pay for the victim's injuries. There are exemptions, such as when the abuser was a member of an organization (e.g. a church), or a person with a duty to report the abuse but failed to do so (e.g. a doctor).
If the person who committed the child abuse against you does have the ability to pay if you win a lawsuit against them, you may be able to recover for your damages, including:
If you or a loved one has been a victim of child abuse, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. A lawyer will be able to explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complicated legal process. Most lawyers who handle these types of personal injury matters work on a contingency basis.
If you are accused of child abuse, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
Last Modified: 09-13-2017 09:57 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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