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Sexual abuse is one of the most horrifying crimes, and more so when the victim is a child. Leading New York Child Victims Act attorney, Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is determined to protect the rights of the child victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, and will fight to obtain maximum possible compensation on their behalf. 

Fortunately, the passage of the Child Victims Act in 2019 in New York has created a stronger opportunity to bring the perpetrators of child sexual abuse to justice. Child sexual abuse attorney “The Bull” Michael S. Lamonsoff is here to help you with a winning legal strategy to achieve the desired outcome. The CVA does the following:

What does the Child Victims Act do?

  • Encourages victims 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 victims to bring civil action any time before they turn 55.

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.

MICHAEL S. LAMANSOFF, ESQ.

New laws offer help for sexual abuse & assault victims

Our Child Victims Act lawyers in New York City 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.

Compensation for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse - Contact a Child Victims Act Attorney in New York City

Experienced New York Child Victims Act attorney Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. understands that for a victim of child sexual abuse, the trauma goes much beyond physical injury. The psychological and emotional damage can leave the child scarred for life. Attorney “The Bull” Michael Lamonsoff will leave no stone unturned to present a compelling case for maximum compensation before the judge and jury to help the victim achieve their rightful financial recovery for the injustice they have suffered.

Compensation in these cases may include all past, present and future medical expenses related to the victim’s physical, emotional and psychological injuries, hospitalization costs, nursing care, physical therapy, psychological counseling, medical devices, medications, domestic services, as well as pain and suffering. Punitive damages are also fairly common in child sexual abuse cases, if the attorney can prove that the sexual perpetrator’s actions were particularly egregious. 

FAQ

What is the Child Victims Act in New York?

Prior to the passage of the NY Child Victims Act, most victims of child sexual abuse in New York were required to file a civil lawsuit against the defendant only up to the age of 23. Following the passage of this Act in 2019, the statue of limitations for filing a civil action has been substantially extended. Now a civil lawsuit for compensation against the perpetrator of child sexual abuse can be file until the victim attains the age of 55.

Can organizations be held liable under NY Child Victims Act?

Yes, any institution that works with children and had hired a child sexual abuser as an employee or volunteer might be held liable. Examples of these organizations include private and public schools, churches, day care centers, and the Boy Scouts.

Which types of claims may be filed under the Child Victims Act?

Under the Child Victims Act, any type of claim that occurs due to injuries resulting from a sexual offense committed against a child (or minor) can be filed. The offense may arise by way of intentional tort, ordinary negligence, negligent hiring, and negligent supervision.

Why should you hire a highly rated NY Child Victims Act Attorney like Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq.?

While the Child Victims Act has significantly extended the statute of limitations, making it possible for many more victims to sue for compensation, it does not reduce the burden of proof that a victim is required to meet in order to win compensation. Aggressive yet compassionate New York Child Victims attorney “The Bull” Michael S. Lamonsoff has the skills, experience, and resources to build a powerful case to convince the judge and jury about the merits of the victim’s case. It is best for the victims to hire attorney Michael Lamosoff as their lawyer in New York and utilize the rights that the new law afford to them to obtain the maximum compensation they rightfully deserve.

Find a Child Victims Act attorney who 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 child sexual abuse lawyer 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, the Child Victims Act sexual abuse and assault lawyers in NYC with The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are ready to discuss your case and explain your options. 

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