Representing Victims Of Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is a horrific crime. It often involves trusted members of the community, like clergy, teachers, coaches or other ‘trusted adults’ taking advantage of their position and authority to exploit and harm children in their care and custody. The emotional and psychological scars from this abuse can be lifelong and permanent.
If you have suffered any form of sexual abuse as a child or you are a parent and have discovered your child is being abused, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael D. Payne can help. We have more than 25 years of experience dealing with complex personal injury cases and we can help you to understand your rights and your options for obtaining justice and compensation for your suffering.
Accountability And Justice
This conduct is criminal and is a personal injury. We know how difficult these cases can be for victims to deal with, as they often involve sophisticated psychological manipulation, allowing the abuser to control and exploit the child.
“Grooming” behavior often involves the abuser making the child feel special, by providing them with gifts or intangible benefits, as well as coercive behavior to convince the child not to tell anyone about their “relationship” or conduct. We know none of this is the child’s fault and that these adult predators frequently identify their victims because of their position of authority and trust and use the knowledge they gain to target a child.
The Compassion You Need
Our attorneys understands the importance of truly obtaining justice in these cases. We know how difficult it can be to come forward with these allegations. The victim can be greatly conflicted, feeling misplaced ‘loyalty’ to their abuser and shame and embarrassment at their abuse.
This type of abuse can lead to long-term emotional problems, depression, unhealthy behavior in relationships and many other damaging effects. We know how important it can be to hold these abusers accountable. It is also important to make these claims to ensure the abuser is identified and that they can no longer abuse others.
Statute Of Limitations
Our attorneys at Law Offices of Michael D. Payne fully understands these issues and can work to help you decide how you wish to proceed with your case. California has extended filing deadlines for civil cases involving sexual abuse of children, but they can be complex to work with and we can help make certain your case is filed within those deadlines.
We have handled many complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases, so we are experienced working with sophisticated forensic evidence including DNA. This experience can be invaluable when dealing with complex evidentiary matters like DNA, as well as issues involving computers, phones and other evidence that may be used to support these claims.