Justice And Compensation For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we have the utmost respect for our clients who have summoned the courage to pursue legal action after suffering sexual abuse as an adult or after seeing the effects of such abuse on a young or disabled son or daughter.
We consider it a privilege to help sufferers and their family members seek and obtain justice. Financial compensation cannot undo the damage caused by sexual abuse but it can help an individual and caring family members to get counseling, education and other pathways to a healthier future; and obtaining an award of money damages from a party responsible for such abuse can sometimes be helpful in obtaining closure and vindication for the pain and suffering incurred.
What About Statutes Of Limitations?
Because of the very personal and painful nature of sexual abuse, many people wait months or years to admit that they had suffered this wrongdoing. Statutes of limitations used to make it difficult to bring civil litigation when too much time had passed. Thankfully, New York laws have opened doors of justice and relief for many New Yorkers who were abused as children. The New York Child Victims Act, passed in 2019, has made it possible for survivors of child sexual abuse to:
- Bring claims up to the age of 55
- Reopen cases that had previously expired – with a current deadline of August 14, 2021
As of this writing, in mid-2021, there is fresh hope that similar help may come soon for people who suffered sexual abuse after age 18 if the Adult Survivors Act passes.
In consideration of the New York Child Victims Act and the proposed Adult Survivors Act, we are available to evaluate your potential case against:
- An individual, such as a coach, therapist, teacher, clergy member or health care provider who inflicted sexual abuse on you or your child
- An institution or organization, such as a church, school, summer camp or scouting organization, whose leaders did not properly protect you or your child from one or more sexual predators
If criminal charges are warranted, we will advise you on steps to take in that direction. Meanwhile, we will begin preparing to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
Free Consultations; Contingency Representation
There is no risk and no fee required for an initial meeting with one of our trial lawyers. If we advocate on your behalf, you will not owe us attorney fees until we recover compensation for you. Call 800-574-4LAW or complete our online form to get the conversation started.