Many children have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of once-trusted adults—whether that’s a family member, a person in the clergy, or a teacher. If you were a child who was victimized by an adult in your life, you may not have gotten the justice, closure, and compensation you deserve.
New York has passed new laws to help children who were sexually abused, but what is the New York Child Victims Act? Below are just a few ways this act has made it easier for child victims to seek restitution from their abusers.
Criminal Time Limits
Criminal cases must be filed within a short time frame, and that time frame made it difficult for many abusers to be penalized for their actions. Now, it’s easier for you to seek justice for your losses.
Now, you have more time to press charges against your abuser. Your time limits now start at twenty-three years old, rather than when you turn eighteen. That means that, if someone committed felony child sex abuse against you, you have time to file until you’re twenty-eight.
You Have More Time to Sue
Many people may have missed the window for a criminal trial, but they may still hold their abuser accountable for their actions. Now, you’ll be able to sue until you are fifty-five years old. That gives you more time to prepare a civil lawsuit, which your New York child sexual abuse lawyer can help with.
Even if some time has passed since your abuse, reach out to an attorney for the help you need. Your lawyer can help you understand your time limits, and they can help you act within those times.
Notice of Claim Requirements
In past cases, many people were delayed or unable to file a lawsuit because of the notice of claim requirements. These requirements stated that you had to notify certain groups that you were planning to file a lawsuit against them.
These notices prevented many people from suing at all. Now, you don’t have to worry about those requirements. The New York Child Victims Act removes the notice of claim requirements, which means you can focus right away on your lawsuit.
Talk to Your NYC Lawyer about the New York Child Victims Act
If you suffered child sexual abuse, your New York abuse claim may be easier to file than ever. The New York Child Victims Act can help you seek the compensation you need for your financial losses and your emotional and mental suffering.
However, that doesn’t mean your claim will be easy. Instead, you may struggle to understand the laws that could affect your claim. Worse, the responsible party may fight back, trying to keep you from the compensation you’re owed.
Your attorney from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help with this, starting with a free consultation. During your free consult, we can discuss your claim and the options you have to file a lawsuit. To get started, give us a call at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the following online contact form.