His clients call Michael Lamonsoff “The Bull” because he never stops fighting for them. Thanks to “The Bull” and his team of top-rated litigators, the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., is consistently rated as one of the top personal injury law firms in New York City.
A message from New York City Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawyers: Sexual Predators, Time is Up!
One of New York’s highest-rated personal injury attorneys, Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. has spent more than 25 years winning cases on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, including rape, sexual assault, sexual molestation, and improper touching. Mr. Lamonsoff is now able to use a new and powerful “tool” in order to bring his clients some form of justice. Namely, in 2019, the Child Victim’s Act and the New Rape Laws were passed to extend the statute of limitations for when victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and sexual molestation can bring lawsuits for the horrors that they have endured.
Legal changes mean we can fight for ALL abuse victims
According to Mr. Lamonsoff, a highly experienced sexual abuse lawyer in NYC, all the legislative changes were not just desirable but also necessary because they will enable victims of these unspeakable crimes to finally get a proper chance to tell their story and to pursue justice.
Our results: $16 million verdict against the New York City Board of Education for sexual abuse by a New York City teacher
Just last year, Mr. Lamonsoff, Esq. and his firm won a record-breaking $16 million verdict on behalf of a child who was sexually molested by her teacher at a New York City school.
The win came after a hard-fought litigation battle, characterized by an arrogant refusal by the attorneys for the City to offer any reasonable settlement to Mr. Lamonsoff’s client prior to trial.
After originally starting with $150,000, the City essentially made a mere $350,000 offer to settle the case just before the jury was sent out to deliberate. Upon advice and consent of his clients, Mr. Lamonsoff rejected the City’s offer.
Mr. Lamonsoff wanted to not just get monetary compensation for the victim, but Mr. Lamonsoff wanted to also punish the City and the Board of Education by exposing their arrogance with the hopes that they, and any other institution, would be far more vigilant in protecting our children from this ever happening again.
After a relatively short deliberation, the jury awarded one of the highest verdicts in New York’s history. The jury found that the Board of Education acted with reckless disregard for the child entrusted to their care.
The verdict will never change what happened and no amount of money would ever compensate this little girl with the horror she went through.
Child survivors of sexual assault may not understand what they have been through. They suffer in silence and may even blame themselves. They don’t have the capacity and experience to understand that they have done nothing wrong. Many times, they don’t even tell their parents for fear of getting punished. Additionally, adult sexual abuse victims often feel ashamed and at fault for the sexual assault and don’t report what has happened to them.
New laws offer help for sexual abuse & assault victims
In New York, we are working hard to help sexual abuse victims receive justice. New laws went into effect in 2019 that make it easier for sexual assault victims to press both criminal and civil charges.
In addition, these laws provide survivors of second- and third-degree rape with additional time to file both criminal charges against the abuser and civil actions against the predator and private or public institutions potentially liable for the act.
The “Child Victims Act” (CVA), effective February, 2019:
- Encourages victims to file a claim for money damages not just against their abusers, but also against any or public and private institutions that could have prevented the abuse and failed to do so.
- Provides survivors of child sexual abuse, a one year, one-time-only period in which to bring a civil action regardless of how long ago the child sexual abuse occurred or how old they currently are. The one-year period ends on August 13th, 2020.
- Extends New York’s statutes of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse.
- Gives survivors until their 28th birthday to bring criminal charges against their sexual abusers.
- Allows victims to bring civil action any time before they turn 55.
My law firm litigates any kind of case in which somebody has been injured through the negligence of somebody else. Our job is to provide the most aggressive, the most professional and the most unyielding litigation on behalf of my clients.
Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is Uniquely Qualified to bring lawsuits against Sexual Predators
Mr. Lamonsoff understands that winning justice for a sexual assault survivor requires not just legal expertise. It also demands a compassionate understanding of the traumatic and long-lasting effects that sexual assault can have on the spirit and mental condition of a victim.
Long before becoming an attorney, Mr. Lamonsoff earned both Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in psychology from Columbia University. During his post-graduate work and thereafter as a therapist, Mr. Lamonsoff was also trained on how to counsel victims of sexual abuse.
Mr. Lamonsoff is not just a fighter willing and able to take all of the necessary legal steps to win his clients’ battles. He is also uniquely qualified to understand with compassion how to help survivors of sexual abuse tell their story, fight the sexual abusers, and get some type of closure.
The key to winning a verdict for survivors of sexual abuse, says Mr. Lamonsoff, is to understand the psychology of both your client and sexual predator.
Find an attorney that you can talk to about the abuse
While it is often tough for survivors of violent attacks or injuries to process and communicate their trauma, it can be especially difficult for victims of sexual molestation or abuse to open up about their trauma. And it ultimately may seem unimaginable for the victims abused as children to speak up and face the ones that injured them.
Under these circumstances, sexual abuse survivors need a sexual abuse lawyer in NYC who will understand, approach the matter 100% on their side, with no holds barred, and ready to fight for justice. Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is just that attorney.
If you or a loved one have suffered sexual abuse or sexual assault of any kind, sexual abuse and assault lawyers with The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are ready to discuss your case and explain your options.