Child Abuse Attorneys
Instances of child abuse, child sexual abuse and child molestation by sexual predators are very common in the United States and are unreported in many cases. Child abuse, exploitation and molestation cases occur both where there are large numbers of children as well as in areas where there may be only a few children. It is the duty of organizations and their staff that provide childhood extracurricular activities, guidance, or education to do everything in their power to protect children. This means that if a leader within those organizations has had questionable, inappropriate or illegal relations with a child, he or she should be thoroughly investigated and brought to the attention of law enforcement. If organizations fail to do so, they could face substantial civil liability. In a situation as serious as this you need the help of a skilled child abuse attorney to defend and protect your child’s rights.
The child abuse lawyers on our team protect your child and your family by holding negligent parties and entities liable to the fullest extent of the law. They offer free consults and charge no fee if they do not recover for you and your family.
Discretion and Skill When Handling Your Child Abuse Claim
Child abuse of any sort, whether it be physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse or foster care abuse, is one of the most traumatic events that a child will ever endure. There is an enormous amount of emotions and feelings associated with child abuse claims and these are felt by the victim and the parents. At our child injury law office our primary purpose when representing you and your child is to hold institutions and individuals accountable for inappropriate, damaging activity such as:
- ▪ Sexual abuse by teachers, coaches and administrators
- ▪ Exploitation against children by clergy members i.e. priests, rabbis
- ▪ Neighbors, friends or relatives molesting children
- ▪ Troop leaders and cases of abuse within extracurricular activities
- ▪ Foster parent abuse against minors
- ▪ Assaults by other children
- ▪ Childcare referral companies who have not performed thorough background checks on employees
- ▪ Daycare and aftercare facilities
Contact Our Child Abuse Attorneys TodayCall our child injury law office to schedule a confidential, free initial consultation. Take action in your case by contacting a trusted lawyer who can provide insight and understanding while protecting your rights. You can arrange a consult with an experienced child abuse injury lawyer today.
Child Molestation Lawsuit AttorneyAt our law office our primary purpose when representing you and your child is to hold institutions and individuals accountable for inappropriate, damaging activity such as:
- Sexual abuse by teachers, coaches and administrators
- Exploitation against children by clergy members
- Neighbors, friends or relatives molesting children
- Troop leaders and cases of abuse within extracurricular activities
- Foster parent abuse against minors
- Children assaulting other children
- Childcare referral companies who have not performed thorough background checks on employees
- Daycare and aftercare facilities
What is the definition of child abuse?California law outlines seven primary types of abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, willful cruelty, unjust punishment or corporal punishment, injury and any act or omission of neglect. Mutual interaction between minors or any reasonable level of force used by police officers or school employees to maintain peace are not considered forms of child abuse.
Who must report child abuse?California has amended its abuse reporting law over the years to include a wide range of groups required to report neglect or abuse. These include clergy, childcare providers, any school employee, police officers and other law enforcement employees, mental health providers, processors of commercial film or print photography, doctors, dentists, physical therapists, alternative health providers and any other healthcare provider. Failure to report abuse is considered a misdemeanor crime and punishable by a fine of $1,000 and/or up to six months in a county jail. However, if the lack of reporting is found to have been intentional, the penalty can include jail time up to one year and/or a fine up to $5,000.
How serious is the problem?Sadly, child abuse throughout all of California is common. Records from the County Social Services Agency show the following for the first three quarters of 2013:
- Abuse has been reported in 14,364 families.
- A total of 28,193 children are affected by reported cases of abuse-this includes victims and their siblings.
- Just over 40 percent of reports involved children between the ages of 6 and 12. Five percent of cases pertained to infants under the age of one year old.
- Children between the ages of 1 and 5 accounted for nearly 27 percent of reports and 27.5 percent involved teenagers.
- Physical abuse was noted in 15 percent of reports, sexual abuse in 10 percent of reports and general neglect in 39 percent of reports.
Action mattersChild abuse or neglect can take many forms and happen in many situations. The best way to keep a child safe-yours or someone else’s-is to take prompt action. If you suspect abuse, it is important to report it to authorities so that proper investigation can take place. In addition, if your child is affected by abuse at the hands of another person, you should discuss your situation with a qualified attorney to make sure you and your child are fully protected.
Contact A Child Abuse Attorney TodayEmail us or call our team of child abuse lawyers to schedule a confidential and free initial consultation. Take action in your case by contacting a trusted lawyer who can provide insight and understanding while protecting your rights. Se habla español.
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