When you drop off your child at school, you should not be worried about his or her safety. Your child’s safety should be one of the school’s highest priorities. Unfortunately, child abuse and the school system do not always remain separate. Every year, many children become the victim of some type of abuse by their school teacher or other school staff.
At the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP, our teacher sexual abuse lawyers provide legal assistance to victims of sexual abuse, molestation or rape at the hands of school teachers, administrators and/or staff. We are aggressive in obtaining our clients the justice that they deserve while also ensuring that they will be protected from future abuse as they go through the litigation process.
Confronting Teacher Abuse
School administrators should thoroughly screen and do background checks of teachers, aids, coaches and other school personnel. In the event that they become aware or even suspect abuse or inappropriate behavior, they should immediately respond and take appropriate actions to deal with the problem.
Victims of abuse are not always willing to come forth with information about the abuse they have suffered. The feeling of shame, guilt and fault often prohibits them from coming forward. This is why it is important for school officials to be trained in recognizing the signs of abuse on their campus. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and the victims and their family members are often left without any justice.
At the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP, we work hard to hold the guilty parties accountable for their actions. Although filing legal action will not undo the harm caused and will not make the pain go away, it can bring a sense of justice and closure for both the young abused victims, as well as their loved ones.
School and School District’s Liability
When a child suffers an injury at school, whether physical, emotional or mental, many circumstances could have led to the incident. Too often, parents and school administrators are quick to blame the incident on other children’s behaviors. However, this may not always be the case. In many instances, the incident may be the result of a teacher or other school official’s inappropriate behavior and failure to protect the child by administrators.
If you suspect that your child or loved one has been the victim of child abuse at school, it is imperative that you seek immediate legal help. Claims against government entities, such as school districts, have special rules and procedures in California. In most situations, these types of claims must be presented within six months. Our legal team has a wealth of experience prosecuting claims against school districts and government entities. Call us to see if we can still assist you with your case. There are many complicated rules that apply which allow these cases to go forward even if the victim did not come forward until years later.
Sexual Abuse and Rape Cases or Claims
At the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP, our school child abuse lawyers can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our experienced attorneys will handle your case with the gentle hands these delicate situations demand. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aggressive attorneys, please call us at 626-799-9375.