Child Victims Act Attorneys
What is the Child Victims Act (CVA)
The Child Victims Act (CVA) extends the statute of limitations for a victim of child sexual abuse in criminal and civil cases in New York. This means that victims who suffered from abuse can pursue charges even if the conduct occurred many years ago. And, in civil cases, the CVA extends the period of time during which a survivor of child sexual abuse can file a claim for money damages. The CVA also allows claims to be filed against organizations such as schools and churches that may have been involved in the abuse. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed since the enactment of the CVA.
Do I need a lawyer if I have been served with a lawsuit?
Being sued under the CVA is a serious matter that requires the help of an attorney experienced with CVA lawsuits. Even if you did not commit the alleged sexual abuse directly, you may have exposure to liabilty and become responsible for damages. It is important to retain the services of an experienced lawyer right away.
My organization has been sued, what do we do now?
If your organization has been sued one of the first steps is to contact the insurance company that insured the organization during the time period of the alleged conduct. You have the right to choose counsel of your choice, and Ganguly Brothers, PLLC can work with your carrier to come to an agreement on fees. If there is potential insurance coverage, it is important to provide timely notice of the claim. You should not take any proactive steps to settle the matter without first consulting with a lawyer.