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 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 survivors of sexual abuse, including rape, sexual assault, sexual molestation, and improper touching. With the recent passage of The Adult Survivor’s Act of 2022, on the heels of the Child Victim’s Act of 2019, the firm now has new and powerful weaponry to bring lawsuits against perpetrators and the institutions that harbored them regardless of the passage of time since the crime was committed. These powerful tools help him fight for the rights of his clients as a top sexual abuse and sexual assault lawyer in New York.

On May 24, 2022, New York State passed the Adult Survivors Act(S66). The ASA provides a limited window until November 23, 2023, allowing survivors of sexual assault who were 18 years old or older at the time of the occurrence to bring lawsuits for the offense regardless of how long ago it was committed. The law in effect, overrides the current shortened State statute of limitations and allows survivors to bring a lawsuit against the perpetrator and any institutions and/or employers that knew or should have known that the sexual assault and abuse was taking place. Some of the common examples are universities or colleges, hospitals, counselors, coaches and doctors. 

This long-overdue Statute recognizes that many sexual assault survivors are reluctant to report and/or act on the event because of shame, guilt, the fear of being stigmatized, re-experiencing the event, and depression, amongst other painful feelings. Accordingly, the ASA eliminates the statute of limitations allowing survivors to file claims that would have otherwise been time-barred. The resulting lawsuits empower those who were rendered powerless by their assailants. It allows for survivors who were emotionally unprepared to come forward, to finally seek closure by action. If you're looking for more information on contacting an Adult Survivors Act lawyer in New York City, please visit this page.

  • Encourages survivors to file a claim for money damages not just against their abusers, but also against any 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 ended on August 13th, 2021.
  • 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 survivors to bring civil action any time before they turn 55.

If you're looking to contact a Child Victims Act lawyer in New York City, you can reach out to us to set up a free virtual or telephone consultation.

“The key to winning a verdict for survivors of sexual abuse is to understand the psychology of both your client and sexual predator.”

Michael S. Lamansoff, Esq.

NYC Sexual Abuse Attorney, Michael Lamonsoff

New laws offer help for sexual abuse & assault survivors

In New York, we are working hard to help sexual abuse victims receive justice. New laws enacted 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.

Damages For Sexual Abuse

New York sexual assault attorney Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is determined to pursue maximum possible financial compensation for every victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault. We will work hard to establish a case for the following damages: 

Economic Damages: Medical bills, physical therapy, professional counseling, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rehabilitation costs, costs related to full or partial disability, current and future loss of income because of injuries or mental distress, relevant transportation costs, assistive devices, and any other associated financial costs may be a part of economic damages. 

Non-economic Damages: Compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress occurring as a result of the incidence of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Attorney Lamonsoff will aim to establish damages with medical evidence and third party expert testimonies if needed to obtain the largest possible compensation.

Punitive Damages: If the act of sexual abuse or sexual assault was particularly egregious or heinous in nature, attorney Lamonsoff will also seek to establish a case for punitive damages (exemplary damage) so that the victim is rightfully compensated for the extreme physical and mental trauma they have suffered. 

How to Prove Sexual Assault

In New York, when you file a civil suit for financial damages against a defendant for sexual abuse or sexual assault, the burden of proof lies on you. It means, proving their fault is your responsibility as a plaintiff (or the victim of sexual assault). 

You need a highly rated sexual assault attorney such as Mr. Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq., who has thorough knowledge of the law and extensive courtroom experience to convince a judge or jury on your behalf it is more likely than not that the defendant committed sexual abuse or assault against you.

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. 

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