Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services

L.A. Times Report Details Systemic Sexual Abuse at MacLaren Children's Center

A troubling report from the Los Angeles Times details years of alleged systemic sexual abuse occurring at MacLaren Children’s Center in El Monte, California. Described as a “long-troubled facility” for foster children by the Times, MacLaren was shuttered nearly two decades ago by Los Angeles County officials. But as the Los Angeles Times’ report notes, approximately 200 individuals – both women and men – are now coming forward with allegations of wanton sexual abuse at the hands of MacLaren staff.

L.A. Times Report Details Systemic Sexual Abuse at MacLaren Children’s Center

Eight women and four men reportedly filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services earlier this week. According to the Times, countless additional lawsuits are expected to be filed over the alleged sex crimes.

In Monday’s filing, survivors describe being “assaulted, drugged, and forced to perform sex acts on MacLaren employees between 1988 and 2001,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Additional details from the complaint include:

  • One victim said he was abused when he was just 5-years-old.
  • Another girl, 13 at the time, said she was beaten by employees in retaliation for making an allegation of sexual abuse.

According to the Times, a spokeswoman for the county’s chief executive declined to comment citing the pending lawsuit.

In a statement, however, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services said:

“Allegations leveled in any civil claim should and will be thoroughly examined. DCFS serves more than 29,000 vulnerable children and families in Los Angeles County and each of our nearly 9,000 employees is held to the highest standards. Our department has many safeguards in place to protect children in our care and to hold accountable those who violate laws and policies.”

The lawsuit further alleges that the systemic sexual abuse at MacLaren Children’s Center began in the 1970s.

How Does California AB 218 Impact MacLaren Children’s Center Sexual Abuse Lawsuits?

While many of the alleged sex crimes at MacLaren Children’s Center reportedly occurred decades ago and outside of the traditional statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims, a new law passed in 2020 known as California Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) provides survivors with a limited window to obtain justice.

California AB 218’s three-year “lookback” clause, often referred to as a sex crime “revival window,” allows any survivor of childhood sexual abuse the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation through the end of 2022. However, as of January 1, 2023, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and AB 218’s lookback window will officially close. Accordingly, survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.

What is the California AB 218 Treble Damages Clause?

What is the California AB 218 Treble Damages Clause?

In addition to the bill’s three-year lookback window, AB 218 includes a treble damages clause which gives the courts latitude to triple financial damages awards in cases where cover-ups are proven.

For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (by either an individual or institution), and that malfeasance was able to be proven in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included in the legislation in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups, many of which allegedly occurred over the course of several decades. Such cover-ups in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church have made headlines in recent years for impacting countless innocent survivors. But AB 218 offers all sexual abuse victims a limited opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218, please visit our recent blog post.

Why Was MacLaren Children’s Center Closed?

According to the Los Angeles Times, MacLaren Children’s Center was opened as a temporary shelter for children awaiting placement in a foster home in 1961. The facility originally operated under the direction of the L.A. County Probation Department. The Times’ report also notes that MacLaren was a campus with “sky-high walls and tall barbed wire fences, floodlights, and massive gates and doors.

The facility was reportedly taken over by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 1976. According to the Times, however, “lax oversight of staff created an environment ripe for abuse.” The Los Angeles Times report also confirmed the following details related to MacLaren Children’s Center:

  • A 2001 L.A. County civil grand jury report found the facility’s managers did not conduct criminal background checks of their employees for decades.
  • As a result, people who had been convicted of burglary, robbery, and drug trafficking were hired to care for children.
  • During a review of staff that was required for a state license, MacLaren officials identified 17 employees who had disqualifying convictions on their criminal records.

Furthermore, subsequent lawsuits and the initial grand jury report found that children “frequently ran away and fought with one another, creating a chaotic and violent atmosphere,” according to the Times.

MacLaren was closed in 2003 following a pair of lawsuits alleging that staff had “physically abused dozens of residents and that the facility routinely failed to properly care for children with emotional and behavioral problems,” according to the L.A. Times.

The 2001 grand jury report also found:

  • DCFS was failing to conduct timely investigations into misconduct allegations against staff.
  • Dozens of child sexual abuse claims went unchecked.
  • Internal investigations by MacLaren officials were “perfunctory, at best.”

Other Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Los Angeles DCFS

The child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against MacLaren Children’s Center follows other complaints made against facilities operated by the county’s probation department or DCFS in recent years.

In March, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) posted a blog detailing a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Camp Joseph Scott, a former Los Angeles County all-girls juvenile detention facility. In the complaint, 20 women alleged systemic sexual abuse over the course of a dozen years.

According to the lawsuit, at least 10 Los Angeles County probation officers and staff members subjected the survivors, who were minors at the time of the incidents, to various types of sexual violence, including:

The complaint alleges that the abuse took place from 1996 through 2008 at the Santa Clarita juvenile detention facility, which closed in 2020.

Can I File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for Damages Against MacLaren Children’s Center?

Survivors of sexual abuse which occurred at MacLaren Children’s Center may wish to file civil lawsuits in an effort to recover financial compensation for the harm endured.

Compensation for various damages may be secured through a childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim, such as:

  • Emotional trauma
  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

DLG’s sexual abuse lawyers are dedicated to fighting aggressively on behalf of all clients to secure any applicable financial damages through a maximum cash settlement or verdict.

Free MacLaren Children’s Center Sexual Abuse Lawyer Consultation

DLG is a leading California-based sexual assault and abuse firm representing survivors across the nation. Our four-tiered SAJE Team offers clients a unique type of legal representation which includes access to victim advocates, a licensed in-house clinical therapist, a retired LAPD sex crimes detective, and a former sex crimes prosecutor.

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

Some of our recent sexual abuse and assault civil lawsuit victories include:

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your MacLaren Children’s Center sexual abuse lawsuit, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

Our sex crime attorneys have secured more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for sexual abuse survivors while maintaining a 98% success record. When you’re ready to take the first step towards obtaining justice on your own terms, we’re here to fight tirelessly on your behalf.

Paris Hilton Advocates for Federal Law to End Institutional Child Abuse

Paris Hilton Urges Congress to Address Boarding School Abuse

Paris Hilton visited the White House and U.S. Capitol last week in an effort to persuade legislators to pass the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (SICAA). The proposed federal bill would address systematic weaknesses across multiple agencies and systems that increase reliance on congregate care and subject youth to abuse and neglect, according to Unsilenced.org, one of two survivor-led nonprofit organizations that gathered with Hilton for a press conference on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on May 11.

Paris Hilton Urges Congress to Address Boarding School Abuse

Together with the other nonprofit, Breaking Code Silence, Hilton is working to establish a Youth in Congregate Bill of Rights within the SICAA. Said Bill of Rights would:

  • Legally define institutional child abuse and neglect
  • Create essential infrastructure for crucial interagency collaboration to protect youth in care
  • Encourage states to develop processes that reduce the overall usage of institutional settings

At the press conference, alongside nearly 200 survivors, Hilton described her traumatic experiences as a teenager at Utah’s Provo Canyon School, which she has referred to as a “lockdown facility.” She cited multiple traumatic incidents, including forced gynecological exams in the presence of male staffers, sleep deprivation, and overutilization of medications such as sedatives.

Men much larger than me would grab me by my arms, drag me down the hall and physically push me into that 4-by-4 dirty cement room that you see here today,” Hilton said, pointing to a nearby solitary confinement art installation.

It’s still so difficult for me to speak about all the extremely painful physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse out loud,” she added, holding back tears.

Hilton’s Capitol Hill appearance coincided with the publication of an op-ed piece she penned for USA TODAY. In the USA TODAY piece, Hilton provided numerous allegations based on her time at Provo Canyon School as well as a series of other residential treatment facilities. Such allegations included:

  • At 16, she was taken from her home in the middle of the night and spent almost two years at a series of residential treatment facilities.
  • Her parents had been conned into believing that her diagnosed attention deficit disorder behavior would be fixed with “tough love.”
  • She was forced to remove all of her clothes, squat and cough, and submit to a gynecological exam – all while being closely watched by male staff.
  • She was repeatedly awakened in the middle of the night and subsequently forced to lie on a padded table, spread her legs, and submit to gynecological exams.

I remember crying while they held me down. I kept saying, ‘No!’ and asking, ‘Why?’ They just said, ‘Shut up. Be quiet. Stop struggling or you’ll go to Obs,’” Hilton wrote in USA TODAY. ‘Obs,’ as Hilton noted, is short for ‘observation,’ which entailed solitary confinement in a tiny cinderblock room with nothing but a drain and a roll of toilet paper.

The room was freezing cold, and I was almost naked. I paced until I couldn’t stand up anymore. Then I huddled on the floor and rocked back and forth, forcing myself to think about the life I would create for myself after I got out,” Hilton wrote.

She also noted that the experiences have left her with lasting emotional scars, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“That experience, and the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse I suffered, led to years of trauma-induced insomnia and complex post-traumatic stress disorder that I and countless other survivors of institutional child abuse have struggled with for years,” she added.

We must pass the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act! It is my hope that members on both sides will hear our voice and take action,” Hilton said during the press conference.

ABC News reported that the press conference also included speeches from several other survivors who had been in congregate care facilities, as well as their families, including Nehemiah Wood. Wood, the brother of 17-year-old Naomi Wood, spoke out about his sister’s death from medical neglect at a girls’ facility in Florida that is now permanently closed, according to ABC News. Hilton also made mention of Wood during her speech.

“Naomi’s death is a heartbreaking example of hundreds of preventable deaths due to neglect and physical abuse at the hands of the troubled teen industry staff who claim to care for and provide mental health treatment to over 120,000 youth every year,” Hilton said.

“For too long, our government has allowed these deceptive industries to operate in the shadows without any real transparency or accountability,” she added.

ABC News reported that the Provo School is still currently in operation. In September, however, the school issued a statement to ABC, noting that it had “changed ownership shortly after Hilton’s stint there and could not comment on the situation.” The school also indicated that it did not “condone or promote any form of abuse,” according to ABC. The news outlet attempted to contact the school for further comment but did not receive a response.

Hilton also penned an op-ed which appeared in the Washington Post in October of last year. In that piece, she noted that her parents “fell for the misleading marketing of the ‘troubled teen industry‘ – therapeutic boarding schools, military-style boot camps, juvenile justice facilities, behavior modification programs, and other facilities that generate roughly $50 billion annually in part by pitching ‘tough love’ as the answer to problematic behavior.”

“Congress and President Biden need to enact a basic federal ‘bill of rights’ for youths in congregate care. Every child placed in these facilities should have a right to a safe, humane environment, free from threats and practices of solitary confinement, and physical or chemical restraint at the whim of staff. Had such rights existed and been enforced, I and countless other survivors could have been spared the abuse and trauma that have haunted us into adulthood,” Hilton wrote in October 2021.

Hilton visited Washington around the time of the October op-ed publication in support of the Federal Accountability for Congregate Care Act. The bill is still making its way through Congress, according to ABC News.

Dordulian Law Group’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, expressed support for Hilton’s work as well as the proposed Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act.

Practically every other week we hear about another case of school sexual abuse here in California. But this is, of course, a national issue, and I applaud Paris Hilton for having the courage to use her past trauma in a way that will help educate others and hopefully implement such critical legislation to hold schools and institutions accountable,” Dordulian said.

What is the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act?

As noted above, the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act has been proposed in an effort to establish a Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights to legally define institutional child abuse and neglect, create essential infrastructure for crucial interagency collaboration to protect youth in care, and encourage states to develop processes that reduce the overall usage of institutional settings.

SICAA is reportedly being “pioneered” by Democratic Representative Ro Khanna of California and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, according to ABC News. However, a post on Breaking Code Silence’s Instagram page indicated that the bill’s introduction was halted this week for lack of sufficient bipartisan support.

That legislation was set to be introduced to Congress this week, but after consulting with our advisors and sponsors, we’ve come to the difficult decision to postpone the introduction of the federal bill,” Breaking Code Silence wrote. “In today’s political climate, to pass a bill of any kind, it needs to have bipartisan support. Right now, we’re looking to get conservative members of Congress to sign on to our bill.”

What is Breaking Code Silence?

According to the organization’s website, Breaking Code Silence is a nonprofit that represents children, youth, and adults who are/were incarcerated in the U.S. troubled teen industry (TTI), a network of privately-owned, powerfully punitive, and often wilderness-based therapy programs, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, boot camps, and faith-based academies.

Breaking Code Silence is a network of institutional abuse survivors who are/were incarcerated in the U.S. “troubled teen industry” (TTI),” the organization’s website states.

The organization asserts that it “intends to be a vehicle for the TTI-survivor community – ever striving to uplift, organize, and inspire present and future generations, while promoting youth rights and evidence-based alternatives to the troubled teen industry.

The following statistics and facts related to the troubled teen industry (TTI) have been provided by Breaking Code Silence:

  • There are currently an estimated 120,000 to 200,000 minors in congregate care facilities across the United States.
  • These youth are pipelined into congregate care placements from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, school districts’ individualized education programs, refugee resettlement agencies, mental health providers, and private parental placement.
  • Many of these youths have prior trauma histories that are exacerbated by an extended separation from their community once they are placed in an institutional setting.
  • This industry receives an estimated $23 billion dollars of annual public funds to purportedly treat the behavioral and psychological needs of vulnerable youth, yet it operates without meaningful oversight.
  • The industry’s lack of transparency and quality care has resulted in sexual assault, physical and medical neglect, and bodily assault, civil rights violations, hospitalizations, and hundreds of documented deaths.
  • Youth are too often denied access to legal counsel, advocacy, and the most basic rights to personal safety and satisfactory living conditions.
  • There is currently zero federal legislation overseeing TTI facilities.
  • There are 6,000 underregulated congregate care facilities

However, despite the troubling statistics above, Breaking Code Silence notes that the possibility of an impending paradigm shift exists.

Against long odds, BCS has managed to capture the attention space, flip the narrative, and garner sympathy for the plight of institutionalized children and youth in the United States. It seems clear that the punitive tactics and abuses perpetrated by the TTI are out of step with contemporary sensibilities and practices in adolescent mental health. Policymakers, academics, clinicians, and child advocates actively reach out to BCS and view our survivor-led organization as a source of expert knowledge and seek to include our perspectives in reform efforts. We have been presented with an incredibly fortuitous political opening and opportunity to make substantial, durable, structural changes and potentially transform the lives of present and future generations of children and youth in the United States,” the organization’s website states.

We are committed to ensuring that Breaking Code Silence becomes an enduring, powerful, and professional organization capable of achieving our shared mission.”

What is Unsilenced.org?

The Unsilenced.org mission is to stop institutional child abuse by empowering self-advocates to promote lasting social change, according to the organization’s website.

The organization’s vision entails a world where youth are free from institutionalization and the voices of young people are respected in the development of their own mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Our culture is the foundation of our organization and comes to life in everything we do. We strive for a positive and rewarding culture that gives us a motivating sense of purpose. This connects us to our mission in more meaningful ways, which deepens our impact on the community,” Unsilenced.org notes in its Cultural Statement.

The organization also cites specific action being taken in an effort to end institutional child abuse, such as:

  • Treat all people with kindness and respect
  • Believe in collaboration and communication
  • Be transparent about our goals, our culture, and our values
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Handle conflict directly and seek resolution promptly
  • Never judge people by their past mistakes
  • Honor anonymity and respect confidential information

Unsilenced.org co-founder Meg Applegate spent four years in Idaho and Montana group treatment centers, according to the Daily Mail. She confirmed that, in addition to Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley and Silicone Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn has also pledged support for the SICAA legislation.

If passed, the federal law would put an end to the billion-dollar industry that Applegate says “preys on vulnerable families,” according to the Daily Mail. The bill would also stop public funds like Medicaid, Title IV-E, and special education funding from flowing through these types of institutions.

Is School Sexual and Physical Abuse Common?

Is School Sexual and Physical Abuse Common?

In recent months, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) has posted countless blogs detailing odious cases of school and teacher sexual abuse against children. Perhaps the two most well-known cases involve local California private schools that have been plagued by alleged systemic sexual abuse and misconduct which allegedly occurred over the course of decades.

Those private California boarding schools include:

Ojai’s Thacher Boarding School Sexual Abuse Scandal: In June 2021, we detailed numerous first-hand accounts from anonymous Thacher School sexual assault and abuse survivors:

  • 1. Rape By an Upperclassman:

I was raped by an upperclassman boy at a Thacher party. I barely knew him, but he gave me a ride there and raped me while I was too drunk to resist and laughed while he did it. At the time, all I was focused on was surviving this experience on a day-to-day basis, not reporting it. It was only when I got back to school and started to hear stories at munch outs from other girls about him pushing boundaries and being “creepy” that it hit me that my silence might be allowing a predator to continue to assault other girls the way he did me.

Going to the police was incomprehensible … reporting it to Thacher administration felt like the most I was capable of at the time. During my conversation with the dean of students, where I told her the complete story of what had happened, she told me that there was nothing she could do about the situation because it occurred off-campus. For some strange reason she also said that she needed the names of everyone drinking at the party in order to take any action. This made no sense to me, so I did not give up any of these names.

According to her, her hands were completely tied if I was not willing to involve my parents or the police, something I did not feel capable of putting myself through at the moment. It felt like her priority was to ‘contain’ me, as if I was the problem, not the boy who raped me. After what felt like some kind of sick bartering exchange, she eventually agreed to speak with the boy personally and hint to him that the administration was ‘watching’ him and that he needed to clean up his act because it wouldn’t fly in college.
Once she had had this conversation with my rapist, she pulled me aside to tell me that the conversation seemed to have gone really well and that he had even cried in response to her vague hinting about knowing he was assaulting girls. For some reason she really wanted to emphasize to me how much he cried. I left that conversation empty with the realization that Thacher cared more about my rapist’s tears than about my well-being.

Thacher needs an independent body to investigate and prosecute cases of sexual assault amount the student body,” a former Thacher student survivor wrote.

  • 2. Toxic Male Dorm Culture:

I am an alumna from Thacher and I felt compelled to respond to the news of sexual abuse. Blossom Beatty was my prefect my freshman year. At our very first munchout [late night ‘food chats‘] she literally told us that the male students, especially the upperclassmen, would ‘probably whip out their dicks’ or give us backrubs and how cool it would be if they paid attention to us. Before the end of my first year at Thacher she was normalizing rape culture. It is appalling to me that she is the headmaster now.

  • 3. Sexually Assaulted on a Camping Trip:

“I wish I had spoken up more back then, but there was a lot of victim blaming and gaslighting going on. I had my own experiences with male students and faculty members who were inappropriate (to put it lightly). On one camping trip I was sexually assaulted by a student and when we got back to campus he bragged about it to some other students, who then told a faculty member, and it eventually it came to my attention. I was interrogated by faculty about the incident and was told that I would be reprimanded for sexual misconduct The student who assaulted me was not punished at all. Thank you for your [Instagram] account. It is about time I told my story.”

  • 4. Inappropriate Sexual Comments from a Male Faculty Member:

“One afternoon my sophomore year, a male Senior faculty member pulled me aside during the middle of lacrosse practice and proceeded to ask me prying and inappropriate questions about the older guy I had just started to see at the time. Since the start of my time at Thacher this teacher made me feel uncomfortable, belittled, and on guard when I was around him. I vividly remember the feeling of my stomach sinking the moment he called me over during practice. I felt stunned and trapped by his interrogation. And I distinctively recall never wanting to have to talk to him while alone again.”

  • 5. Non-Consensual Sexual Touching:

“Hey ladies of CdeP’15, remember when guys in our grade would come up to us freshman year unsolicited, and grab out breasts non-consensually with their hands and say ‘subtle boob touch,’ and we would all laugh? Crazy cuz I would literally punch a guy for doing that to me now. Where was the education on empowerment and feminism (for both boys and girls) when we needed it Because that’s on the administration to teach, not on us to figure out years after we graduate.”

  • 6. Body Shaming Resulting in Emotional Trauma:

“Teacher was still on the First Class email system during my freshman year, and it allowed for private and group chats. Boys in my class (and one or two not in my class) would log onto each other’s accounts and send me harassing messages about my breasts, which were large. I tried to be ‘cool’ about it. I get ‘what teenage boys are like,’ hormones, etc., but if felt pretty constant and some of it was outright mean. I got maybe 10 messages a month for a while. Apparently me and my breasts were the topic of conversation at many munch-outs, and they told me pretty frankly what was said. I made the mistake of not wearing a bra to formal dinner once, and the boys would not stop laughing at me, to my face, whispering to each other and staring. I was pretty sheltered before Thacher and a lot of this harassment in particular got to me. They made me feel like a freak, and I made excuses for them. A few of the female adults at Thacher were openly hostile towards me, and I never understood why. It would have meant the world to have someone I could talk to, trust, ask questions about what was normal/ok.
I got a breast reduction before senior year. A major, expensive, painful surgery in part because of the harassment. The boys were pretty open about their disappointment, a lot of jokes were made, but I was absolutely treated with more respect after the surgery. I had wanted to go to this school my entire life, and I Was pretty idealistic; I really didn’t expect to be treated like that at Thacher.”

  • 8. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

“At our senior party on the day of graduation, I was sitting with a bunch of my friends when we were joined by some others. A guy in my class started rubbing his genital area against my shoulder. I was sitting and he was standing really close to my shoulder so at first I thought it was an accident. I moved a bit to my left away from him, but he just inched closer to me and started grinding on my shoulder/arm repeatedly.”

  • 9. Inappropriate Sexual Comments by Thacher Male Faculty

“My peers who were on this trip with me likely remember this, and if not, I sure as hell never forgot. It was the first horse camping trip for a group of us freshman girls, the very first night. The trip was led by a male horse faculty [member] who was a bit older, and was known for saying … dated… things, for lack of better term. After riding into the campsite, that male faculty, with zero context, commented to me that I ‘have childbearing hips.’ I was FIFTEEN. There is NO situation in which such a comment would EVER be appropriate. I was stunned, and did not know how to react, and if I remember correctly I just left the situation and went to collect some water.
For years I joked about this, but genuinely reflecting on it I am filled with disgust and discomfort and pretend things were ok for the whole trip, and the following three years of riding, always worried about older males looking at me as I rode.”

  • 10. Repeated Sexual Assaults in Dorm Room

“My first few months at Thacher, I felt pretty shy and reserved. Although I had a lot of good friends, I felt like that quality prevented me from being open to romantic relationships, and, at the time, it seemed relationships had the power to determine your social status. As a favor, my friends started asking around to find someone that might want to hook up with me. Soon, my Shaphcat flooded with messages from guys. My initial excitement died down when I read things like, “I really like [some other young woman] but I think I need more practice. Will you hook up with me just so I can get more experience?”
Looking back, that’s so messed up. But as a 14/15-year-old young woman, I was excited to be needed in some capacity. Every night I would see random guys. Several times I was sexually violated and abused without consent, but I am still not comfortable addressing those events. I thought that it was all part of the deal. I would return to my dorm, where other girls would flaunt my “mystery lovers” and I continued to play along. I was so humiliated that I served as an object for boys to try new tricks on.

Cate Boarding School Sexual Abuse Scandal: In July 2021, we posted a blog noting that Santa Barbara’s Cate School was under investigation by the sheriff’s department after reports of sexual abuse and misconduct by a former employee surfaced.

The sheriff’s office launched an investigation into a former employee of Cate School in April 2021 after receiving a tip from a mandated reporter outside of the school. The alleged sexual abuse and misconduct is said to have occurred while the suspect was employed by the elite boarding school.

A statement issued by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and investigators from the District Attorney’s Office served search warrants at the Cate School campus on June 24, 2021. Authorities “sought to gather potential evidence to further the investigation” of these sexual abuse and misconduct allegations, and detectives have “identified several sexual assault survivors in this case – both current and former students of Cate School.”

At the time, the statement from the sheriff’s department noted that the investigation was ongoing, and authorities were “refraining from identifying the suspect in order to protect the integrity of the case and ensure justice for the survivors.”

Recent School Sexual Abuse Cases in Los Angeles, California

Some recent Los Angeles-area teacher/school sexual abuse cases worth noting include:

  • In March 2022, a Costa Mesa teacher was charged with over a dozen felonies in relation to allegedly molesting two young girls.
  • In late February 2022, two Rialto assistant principals from Carter High School were arrested for failing to report three separate sexual assault allegations made by female students against a male teenager.
  • In January 2022, a former Mater Dei High School track and football coach was sued by an ex-student who alleged she was repeatedly raped as a 16-year-old at the prestigious Catholic school.
  • In November 2021, a former Riverside teacher was charged with sexually abusing a child and ex-student over 20 years ago.
  • In November 2021, a Riverside man was arrested in connection with numerous sexual assaults that were allegedly committed against students at Martin Luther King High School.
  • In May 2021, an Anaheim elementary school teacher was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
  • In May 2021, an ex-Burbank schoolteacher received a 30-year sentence for child pornography of a former student.
  • February 2021, a local Glendale teacher was arrested on allegations of molesting students.
  • February 2021, a San Bernardino County principal was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a young girl.
  • In July 2020, a former Orange County teacher pleaded guilty to one federal charge of production of child pornography and six state counts of lewd or lascivious acts with minors under 14 years of age.

How Can I File a School/Teacher Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for Damages?

Teacher or school sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses endured by survivors. Depending on the circumstances of a childhood sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.

Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a California school sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

DLG’s school sexual abuse lawyers will fight aggressively on your behalf to secure all applicable financial damages and successfully obtain a maximum settlement or verdict for your claim.

How Long Do I Have to File a School/Teacher Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218), which took effect on January 1, 2020, tolls (pauses) the statute of limitations on all childhood sex crimes through the end of 2022. In other words, all California survivors of childhood sexual abuse or assault may currently file civil claims seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. However, as of January 1, 2023, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.

Additionally, California AB 218 includes a treble damages clause which gives the courts latitude to triple financial damages awards in cases where a cover-up is proven. For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that malfeasance was able to be proven in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included in the legislation in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups, often over the course of several decades. Such cover-ups in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church have impacted countless innocent survivors, but AB 218 offers all victims an opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.

Although children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred, the statute of limitations is different for adult survivors of sexual violence.

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Moreover, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Contact California’s Leading School/Teacher Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today

DLG is a leading California-based sexual assault and abuse firm representing survivors across the United States. We offer clients a unique type of legal representation that includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team,

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s SAJE Team is comprised of experienced victim advocates, an in-house licensed clinical therapist, a retired LAPD sex crimes detective, and childhood sexual abuse lawyers who have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

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For a free and confidential consultation regarding your school or teacher sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record, and we’re here to fight aggressively on your behalf when you’re ready to take the first step towards obtaining justice on your own terms.

Top 12 Tips for Riders During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Top 12 Tips for Riders During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

As of 2019, California has the largest number of registered motorcycles in the United States, with over 808,000. The state with the second highest number of registered motorcycles was Florida, with over 200,000 fewer confirmed bikes than the Golden State. As May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Dordulian Law Group has put together some important tips for both motorcyclists and car/truck drivers.

Top 12 Tips for Riders During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Additionally, we’ll look at some motorcycle accident statistics for 2022, review what to do if you’re injured in a crash, and discuss what types of damages may be recoverable in a motorcycle collision civil lawsuit.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics for 2022

According to the latest statistics provided in September 2021 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2019. Those fatal motorcycle accidents accounted for 14% of all traffic deaths that year.

Some additional motorcycle accident statistics provided by the NHTSA include:

  • 29% of motorcycle riders killed in 2019 accidents were drunk.
  • 71% of motorcyclists reported using Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant helmets in 2019.
  • An estimated 84,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2019 (a 2% increase from 82,000 motorcyclists injured in 2018).
  • Per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
  • 30% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2019 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.
  • In 2019, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than drivers of any other motor vehicle type (29% for motorcycles, 20% for passenger cars, 19% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks).
  • 42% of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2019 were alcohol-impaired.
  • Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were almost three times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day in 2019.
  • In states without universal helmet laws, 57% of motorcyclists killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 9% in states with universal helmet laws.

The NHTSA notes that the above information on fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes was based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Additionally, the non-fatal motor vehicle traffic crash statistics were based on data from the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS), the General Estimates System (GES), and the Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS).

Some additional motorcycle helmet safety statistics for 2016 provided by the NHTSA include:

  • An estimated 1,859 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by helmets.
  • An estimated 802 additional motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved if riders had worn helmets.
  • Helmets are estimated to reduce operator deaths by at least 37%.

Top 12 Tips for Riders During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Top 12 Tips for Riders During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Given the popularity of motorcycling here in California, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) has put together some important safety tips for riders.

  1. Get Familiar With Your Bike: Motorcycles are unique, and every rider should be sure to take an appropriate amount of time to get properly acquainted – particularly whenever upgrading to a new bike.
  2. Wear a Helmet: While this is one safety tip that’s hopefully implied, some motorcycle riders choose not to wear helmets. But helmets can be the difference between life and death in the event of a motorcycle accident. As the NHTSA confirms, in states without universal helmet laws, 57% of motorcyclists killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets (compared to only 9% in states mandating universal helmet laws).
  3. Maintain Your Motorcycle: Ensuring that your bike receives regularly scheduled maintenance is a great way to keep it performing at optimum level, but it can also help prevent an unfortunate accident leading to serious or even catastrophic injuries.
  4. Check Your Bike Before Every Ride: Before every ride, it is recommended that motorcyclists check tire pressure, turn signals, foot and hand brakes, and fluid levels.
  5. Ride Defensively: Motorcyclists are at an obvious disadvantage when it comes to potential collisions with cars, trucks, and tractor trailers sharing the roadways. Accordingly, it’s recommended that motorcyclists drive defensively and vigilantly at all times. Be aware of blinds spots for both cars and trucks, and ride with your lights on during the day and night.
  6. Obey the Rules of the Road: Following posted speed limits, lane markings, and all traffic signals is not only common sense, but it can also help ensure that you get to your destination safely.
  7. Keep Weather Conditions in Mind: Weather can change in an instant, and inclement conditions can make your motorcycle trip inherently dangerous. Accordingly, always check the weather forecast for the day before heading out on your bike.
  8. NEVER Drink and Drive: As mentioned above, motorcyclists are unfortunately much more likely to die in drunk or drug-induced crashes. Driving a motorcycle under the influence of any type of substance is strongly discouraged (not to mention illegal).
  9. Take a Safety Course: The California Highway Patrol offers a R.I.D.E. Right motorcyclist safety course which includes a “hands on experience that will teach the necessary skills so you can be a Responsible, Informed, Disciplined, and Equipped rider.” Other benefits include a DMV skills test waiver and possible insurance breaks.
  10. Wear Appropriate Motorcycle Gear: DOT-approved helmets, goggles, leather jackets, leather pants or chaps, over the ankle boots, and non-slip gloves are all essential types of gear that can help protect you from not only the elements, but also road rash, debris, and serious injury in the event of an accident.
  11. Be Visible: Motorcyclists should never assume they are visible to cars and trucks sharing the roadways. Wearing bright colors or reflective clothing and driving with your headlights on can help ensure that you’re always seen by other drivers.
  12. Carry a First-Aid Kit: In the event of an accident that leads to an injury, a standard first-aid kit can be useful. Keeping a kit inside your bike is strongly recommended.
  13. Top 6 Tips for Car/Truck Drivers During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

    1. Check Your Blind Spots: As a car or truck driver, a motorcycle can easily slip into your blind spot. Accordingly, be sure to always check your mirrors when changing lanes or turning (and always use your signals).
    2. Don’t Tailgate: This is a common-sense tip regardless of whether you’re following a car, truck, bicycle, or motorcycle. But as it’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, remember to never tailgate a bike.
    3. Slow Down Around Motorcycles: Motorcycles are unique machines. As such, bikes don’t turn, handle, or accelerate the same as other vehicles. Driving cautiously (e.g. slowly) around motorcycles is always recommended.
    4. Always Signal When Turning: If a motorcycle should slip into your blind spot, signaling is one way to help avoid an accident – particularly when making a left hand turn.
    5. Don’t Drink and Drive: Drinking and driving is illegal and strongly discouraged. But when sharing the roads with motorcycles, drunk drivers can cause serious accidents leading to catastrophic injuries for motorcyclists. NEVER drink and drive.
    6. Dim Your Headlights: While you may not realize as much as a car or truck driver, motorcyclists can actually become temporarily blinded by your vehicle’s high beams. Accordingly, it’s recommended that you dim your headlights whenever traveling in the presence of motorcycles.

    What Can I Do if I’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

    If you’ve been injured in a California motorcycle accident, you may be facing a long road to recovery which includes substantial medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Motorcycle accident injuries are often severe, requiring long-term care and rehabilitation.

    In fact, a 2019 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that motorcyclists involved in traffic collisions are 26-28 times more likely to die (and nine times more likely to be injured) than automobile passengers.

    Some of the common injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents include:

    • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
    • Concussion (MTBI)
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Road rash injuries
    • Broken or fractured bones
    • Lower extremity injuries
    • Internal organ damage
    • Lacerations, scrapes, and bruises

    After a motorcycle accident due to another’s negligence, an injured rider may wish to file a civil lawsuit ensuring that all applicable damages are obtained and a complete recovery is made – both physically and financially. Financial hardship and pain and suffering should not be the responsibility of you, the motorcyclist, but of the at-fault car or truck driver.

    By filing a personal injury claim, the motorcycle accident attorneys at DLG will fight to help you recover the compensation you need to avoid financial hardship over lost wages or a reduced earning capacity. We’ll also work tirelessly to ensure that you get the best medical care available for your injuries.

    What Damages Can be Recovered in a Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawsuit?

    After a motorcycle accident that leads to an injury, the types of economic and non-economic damages that may be recovered will vary depending on the unique circumstances of the crash (e.g. the severity of your injuries, the extent of liability, the at-fault driver’s history/record, etc.).

    Examples of motorcycle accident injury damages are broken down below according to type.

    Common Motorcycle Accident Injury Economic Damages:

    • Lost Wages
    • Lost Earning Capacity
    • Medical expenses
    • Emergency department treatment
    • Physical Therapy
    • Rehabilitation

    Common Motorcycle Accident Injury Non-Economic Damages:

    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional trauma
    • Reduced quality of life
    • Scarring or other serious injury
    • Compensation for loss of a limb or disfigurement

    Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

    Punitive damages for motorcycle accidents are in a separate class. While punitive damages are typically only recovered in cases where an individual demonstrates wanton recklessness or disregard for human life, DLG’s Los Angeles, California, motorcycle accident attorneys pursue such damages in all applicable cases.

    In California, it’s important for injured motorcycle accident victims to know that punitive damages are not capped, and can therefore lead to substantial cash settlements in certain cases.

    Free Los Angeles, California, Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Consultation

    For a free consultation with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer from DLG, contact us today at 818-322-4056.

    DLG’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you’ll never pay a penny until one of our experienced and proven motorcycle accident lawyers recovers a maximum financial damages award for your claim.

    DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who has been fighting on behalf of injured victims for over 25 years, helping them secure justice through maximum financial compensation. To date, DLG’s personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $100,000,000 for injured victims like you while maintaining a 98% success record.

    Injured in a California motorcycle accident? Don’t settle for anything less than the DLG Advantage. Contact us 24/7 for more information.

How Can I File an Uber or Lyft Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Report: At Least 50 Uber/Lyft/Delivery Drivers Killed in Gig Economy Since 2017

At least 50 people have been killed while gig working as drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other app-based companies since 2017, according to a new report from Gig Workers Rising, a campaign supporting and educating workers who are organizing for better wages, working conditions, and jobs. Incidents of drivers who were killed in fatal car accidents or from injuries sustained while on the road were not included in the report.

At Least 50 Uber/Lyft/Delivery Drivers Killed in Gig Economy Since 2017

Gig Workers Rising’s report highlights some troubling statistics relative to the safety of Uber and Lyft drivers. For example:

  • Over 63% of the app-based workers murdered or killed in the last five years were people of color.
  • Workers of color, however, comprise less than 39% of the overall workforce in the U.S. economy.
  • Gig Workers Rising’s report found evidence of drivers working for Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, Instacart, Postmates, and Grubhub who were killed on the job.
  • The Gig Workers Rising database of murdered workers may or may not include the 19 people Uber listed in its safety report as having been killed through physical assault in 2017-2018.
  • The report may or may not also include the 10 people Lyft listed as killed through physical assault in its safety report covering the years 2017-2019.
  • No evidence of safety reports published by any of the other gig corporations operating in the United States was found.

The Gig Workers Rising database also offered statistics relative to what the organization referred to as a “sense of the magnitude of danger and additional injury and death not represented in this report.” Those statistics include:

  • There were 43 fatalities in 2019 among taxi and limousine service workers (which includes rideshare drivers).
  • There were another 25 fatalities that year among couriers and express delivery services workers (which includes food deliverers).
  • There were 65 fatalities in 2019 in the category of ‘Fatal crashes involving taxis and electronic ride-hailing vehicles,’ according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Gig Workers United also noted that evidence exists which indicates rideshare workers face “even more danger” than taxi and limousine workers or regular drivers. The organization stated that this is, in part, because of the “unique pressure gig workers feel to accept passengers and lack of information about those customers.

The organization specifically references a report on carjackings by The Markup, which quotes an expert who says, “Lyft and Uber drivers are much more vulnerable than other carjacking victims.

The report also included multiple tragic stories of drivers throughout the United States who had been murdered while working for rideshare companies.

But perhaps the most troubling aspect of the Gig Workers Rising report involves how rideshare and delivery service corporations such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, Instacart, Postmates, and more will go to great lengths to avoid liability when their workers are killed on the job.

As the report notes:

“When workers in other industries are injured or killed on the job, employers have a legal responsibility to their workers and/or their families. Part of that responsibility is typically to maintain workers’ compensation insurance and to pay into the disability insurance system to cover income shortages in the case of illness, disability, and/or death. Traditional taxi drivers, for instance, usually have access to workers’ compensation and/or occupational hazard policies.”

But as app-based companies typically classify workers as independent contractors (e.g. California’s AB 5 law), the Gig Workers Rising report notes that they “too often contend that they bear no responsibility for their workforce.”

Gig Workers Rising cited two sources to illustrate this point:

  • Uber has regularly argued in lawsuits that it owes no “duty of care” to any driver that has been injured, according to an independent report.
  • Uber actively avoids calling the police to evade responsibility, according to a New York Times report.

The killings are the tip of the iceberg,” Cherri Murphy, a former Lyft driver and organizer with Gig Workers Rising, said. “They’re being sexually assaulted, physically assaulted, emotionally accosted.”

A story from Marketplace.org indicated that gig companies such as Uber and Lyft have responded to the Gig Workers Rising report with written statements. Said statements reportedly point out the safety features the apps do provide drivers.

Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash reportedly offer an in-app emergency button drivers can press if they feel unsafe during a ride, according to Marketplace.org. However, as the Gig Workers Rising report notes, when physical or sexual violence occurs against a gig worker, many state laws only provide drivers with a certain amount of coverage.

These workers aren’t afforded the important legal protections that they deserve,” Murphy said.

What Happens When You File a Wrongful Death or Personal Injury Claim Against Uber or Lyft?

The Gig Workers Rising report outlines potential hurdles workers and their families may face when filing civil lawsuits against Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and other app-based companies.

According to the report:

  • When civil lawsuits are filed against gig companies, the companies often seek to remove the cases from the public courts to private arbitration.
  • Within multiple app-based companies’ terms of service are strict arbitration clauses requiring that certain claims brought against them be settled behind closed doors.

Such clauses, according to Gig Workers Rising, can create several advantages in the legal and public spheres:

  1. Arbitration proceedings are typically private. Unlike in a court proceeding, where filings and testimony are public, app-based companies using arbitration are able to keep data, documents, and testimony from ever seeing the light of day. By avoiding the courtroom, companies may evade publicity and accountability.
  2. The process of discovery in private arbitration is relaxed and limited. In federal and state courts, the parties are required to share documents and information. Sworn depositions of witnesses and corporate representatives are commonplace. Any information that could reasonably lead to admissible evidence is typically required to be disclosed. In private arbitration, however, parties may be relatively limited in their ability to engage in discovery. Corporate data, documents, policies, reports and testimony may be less likely to be produced, and more likely to remain secret.
  3. Arbitration clauses typically require aggrieved parties to file claims individually. App companies’ terms of service usually preclude class action lawsuits. This limits workers’ ability to collaborate, share costs, and put financial pressure on the companies to reconsider their policies and procedures. Such limitations allow app-based companies that employ them to keep legal costs low and portray each claim as a “one off” incident, as opposed to a systemic issue. Furthermore, low income workers may not have the knowledge, means, or ability to challenge this system.

Gig Workers United also noted in its report that rather than extending injury protection coverage, Uber began offering occupational accident insurance in 2017 for purchase to its drivers through insurance companies OneBeacon and Aon. However, the report cautions that the explanation of coverage and payment per trip indicates Uber’s policy would not cover driver “deadhead” time (i.e. time spent waiting to be hailed or for a delivery). In other words, unless an Uber or Lyft driver is actually transporting a passenger or en route to pick up a passenger, the above policy would most likely be challenged in any civil proceeding.

Gig Workers United provided a table demonstrating how Uber’s Optional Injury Protection Insurance (only available to Uber drivers outside California through purchase) and DoorDash’s Occupational Accident Policy are inferior to those of taxi workers under New York workers’ compensation laws:

Insurance plan offerings available to Uber, doordash and NYC taxi workers

Gig Workers Rising cites multiple examples of families whose loved ones were killed while driving for Uber, Lyft, etc., yet received no compensation. The report also confirms instances of app-based rideshare and delivery companies taking questionable steps to keep legal disputes from going public.

Gig Workers Rising pledged to continue working towards greater accountability on the part of major rideshare and delivery service companies, such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, etc.

Gig Workers Rising continues to support workers who are organizing for safer conditions for gig workers everywhere. Workers are demanding accountability from gig corporations for unsafe conditions; not only this, workers are also demanding that gig corporations proactively create safe conditions for their workers. Gig Workers Rising wants to emphasize, however, that the solution lies not in more surveillance or policing. Increased surveillance and policing will not keep workers safe; increased accountability from corporations will,” the report said.

To read the full report from Gig Workers Rising, please click here.

How Can I File a Lawsuit Against Uber, Lyft, or DoorDash?

Gig workers who are injured or tragically killed on the job have legal recourse. Whether you’ve been sexually assaulted, physically assaulted, or a loved one has been killed through a senseless act of violence, a civil lawsuit can be a means of recovering due financial compensation for various types of losses. Given the report from Gig Workers United, let’s first look at how to file an Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, etc. wrongful death claim.

What is an Uber or Lyft Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death is a subcategory of personal injury law that can cover a wide array of claims that lead to lawsuits involving everything from murder to medical malpractice to major car accidents. When you hear the term wrongful death, it is most likely in reference to a civil lawsuit brought by the family of an individual whose death resulted from negligence or misconduct.

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the objective is to recover damages that can fall under three categories:

  • Economic
  • Non-economic
  • Punitive

Wrongful death lawsuits can be pursued even if a criminal lawsuit has been attempted and failed.

At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we help families of Uber and Lyft drivers who have tragically died on the job through an act of violence or negligence secure justice by recovering maximum financial compensation.

Under California law, the following family members or personal representatives are able bring a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Spouses
  • Domestic partners
  • Children
  • Grandchildren (if the decedent’s children are also deceased)
  • Other minor children (including stepchildren) provided they were dependent on the deceased for at least 50% of their financial support
  • Any additional individuals who would be entitled to the decedent’s property under California’s laws on intestate succession (assets that would have passed through the decedent’s will are typically affected under such laws, usually pertaining to assets owned alone by the decedent, solely in their name)

Wrongful death lawsuits often encompass a range of accident-types and circumstances. As such, it’s advisable to always consult with a California wrongful death lawyer when determining whether or not to pursue a claim. In many instances, a surviving relative of an Uber or Lyft driver may mistakenly believe that they are not entitled to wrongful death benefits.

To learn more about your legal rights after the death of a loved one through an Uber or Lyft accident, contact the experienced wrongful death lawyers at DLG today via 818-322-4056.

What are Wrongful Death Financial Damages?

In California, economic damages for wrongful death can include without limitation:

  • The financial support the deceased would have contributed to the family during their lifetime
  • The loss of gifts or benefits the heirs could have expected to receive from the deceased
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The reasonable value of household services the deceased would have provided
  • Medical bills and other expenses incurred
  • Value of lost benefits, such as the decedent’s pension or health insurance

Non-economic damages for wrongful death can include without limitation:

  • Compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support
  • Protection
  • Affection
  • Moral support
  • Training and guidance
  • Sexual relations

Most California wrongful death lawsuits do not typically include punitive damages, as state law dictates they only be awarded in cases of serious or malicious wrongdoing in an effort to punish the wrongdoer.

However, in rare instances, punitive damages can be claimed through what is known under state law as a “survival action.” A survival cause of action is only applicable in cases where the decedent did not immediately die from his or her injuries. In such cases, even if the decedent lived only a short period of time between the accident and eventual death, a survival cause of action may be appropriate.

Dordulian Law Group pursues punitive damages, which are not capped in the state of California, on behalf of clients in all applicable Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, etc. wrongful death cases.

How Long Do I Have to File an Uber or Lyft Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits to be filed is two years under California law. In other words, the surviving family member(s) has two years from the date that the accident occurred to file a claim.

If you believe may have a wrongful death claim and might wish to pursue a lawsuit – whether your loved one worked for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Amazon, etc. – contact an experienced attorney at DLG today for a free consultation. We have the skill and experience required to take on and win your unique case.

Uber and Lyft Sexual and Physical Assault Lawsuits

Civil lawsuits may also be filed in instances of physical or sexual assault committed against an Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, etc. driver. Sexual and physical assaults against rideshare drivers are an unfortunately uncommon occurrence. For example:

In December 2019, Uber released its first safety report confirming over 6,000 sexual assaults that were reported in 2017 and 2018 during U.S. rides (averaging about eight incidents per day).

Among those sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018:

  • 235 were rapes
  • More than 1,500 were cases of non-consensual kissing, touching, or attempted rape experienced by riders and drivers in the U.S.
  • Most victims of rape were riders (with approximately 7% being drivers)
  • Nearly 90% of Uber sexual assault survivors were women

Moreover, Uber isn’t the only rideshare company to have received thousands of sexual assault claims from its drivers and passengers.

In October 2021, Lyft released data confirming 4,148 sexual assault incidents and 360 reports of rape throughout 2017, 2018, and 2019.

If you’ve been sexually or physically assaulted as an Uber or Lyft driver, DLG is here to help. We have proven experience representing rideshare drivers in successful civil lawsuits, including a $2.25 million settlement against a major app-based company for a woman who had been raped by her passenger.

Additionally, DLG is currently representing the family of a beloved Los Angeles street vendor in a wrongful death case after he was tragically killed in a stolen Amazon delivery truck crash.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Uber or Lyft Injury/Wrongful Death Lawyer

Contact DLG’s Uber and Lyft accident lawyers today at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation. DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping victims secure justice through maximum financial compensation. To date, Dordulian has successfully handled more than 100 jury trials on behalf of injured victims, in addition to obtaining countless maximum financial settlements.

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ensuring that you and/or your family’s rights are protected after an Uber or Lyft sexual assault, physical assault, car accident, or wrongful death. With DLG’s experienced rideshare accident lawyers, there is never any obligation or upfront fee, and you never pay a dime until we successfully recover a maximum financial damages award for your Uber/Lyft accident claim.

Reach out to DLG’s experienced team today. We are here to answer any questions you may have 24/7. And with more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients while maintaining a 98% success record, you can be confident that your Uber/Lyft lawsuit is in the best possible hands.

Several Olympic Coaches Banned After Sexual Abuse Allegations Still Working With Children

Report: Coaches Banned from Olympics After Sex Abuse Allegations Still Instructing Kids

Numerous individuals previously accused of sexual misconduct with minors or charged with criminal offenses are still working with children, according to a recent NBC News report.

Coaches Banned from Olympics After Sex Abuse Allegations Still Instructing Kids

An investigation by NBC News examined coaches previously disciplined by SafeSport – an independent nonprofit committee. The network uncovered the following:

  • At least 10 individuals appear to still be coaching or working with minors despite having been banned by SafeSport after they were criminally charged with offenses involving sexual misconduct.
  • Another 10 people are still coaching or working with minors after they were banned as a result of a SafeSport investigation or investigation by an Olympic governing body (such as USA Swimming).
  • Five more individuals were found to have coached or trained kids after they were banned but no longer appear to be doing so.

SafeSport was created in 2018 following the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar. Through a joint initiative with Congress and the U.S. Olympic Committee, SafeSport’s purpose is to investigate youth and adult abuse in Olympic-affiliated sports, according to NBC News.

SafeSport can ban coaches from participating in Olympic events or activities – including elite youth programs in sports like soccer, tennis, swimming and volleyball – but it has no jurisdiction over the vast majority of youth sports programs,” NBC News reported.

Approximately 1,400 coaches have been banned by SafeSport. But as NBC News reports, experts say the vast number of “bans” illustrate the vulnerability of the estimated 45 million children who participate in youth sports in the U.S.

If someone has a history of harming someone within the context of sport, they should not be continuing that role,” David Lee, the director of research and evaluation at Raliance, an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence, told NBC News. “We want to create systems to be able to ensure that people are safe from harm, and we need to be able to prevent those people from continuing doing that.

How Does SafeSport Work to Protect Child Athletes from Sexual Predators?

SafeSport’s main functions include:

  • To review allegations of sexual misconduct among its adult and youth athletes and impose sanctions on offenders
  • To investigates allegations of bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, and emotional abuse

The organization reportedly has exclusive jurisdiction over sexual abuse complaints in Olympic sports.

However, as NBC News notes, oversight for youth sports is not nearly as stringent when compared to the process of hiring teachers in schools. For example, in many states, schools are required to conduct extensive background checks for incoming teachers. But there are no such state or federal requirements for youth coaches outside of schools, according to NBC News.

Moreover, the following don’t fall under the jurisdiction of SafeSport or laws to prevent child sexual abuse in public schools:

We need some way to better police sports,” Elizabeth Letourneau, the director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, told NBC. “It is kind of unfortunate that we have to have sort of bespoke strategies, like this group polices Olympic sports and this group polices public education.

NBC News also confirmed the following relative to SafeSport’s oversight of youth sports:

  • The organization uses a lower threshold than criminal courts when rendering decisions – a preponderance of evidence instead of beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Many people in the database haven’t been criminally charged.
  • The results of investigations are put into an online database, and the discipline can be challenged in arbitration.
  • The organization’s oversight extends through the sports federations affiliated with the U.S. Olympic Committee, from league tournaments supported by USA Bowling to weekend tennis tournaments run under the banner of the U.S. Tennis Association.

According to NBC, “The organization has drawn controversy almost from the start. Athletes, coaches, and senators have criticized the pace of its investigative process and its ability to truly hold people accountable.”

List of People Banned by SafeSport Who Appear to Still be Coaching/Working With Children

NBC outlined a list of various people who were banned by SafeSport for sexual misconduct allegations or charged with criminal offenses involving minors, yet are still reportedly coaching or working with children.

That list includes:

  • James Feltus: Criminally charged in 2005 with several offenses, including abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child. He pleaded guilty to pandering. Social media pages show that a person with that name works for a youth basketball league in Nevada, the Las Vegas Punishers. (In response to questions from NBC, a James Feltus in Nevada with the same middle name and birthdate as the person banned by SafeSport confirmed he works for the Punishers but said SafeSport put the wrong James Feltus in the database.)
  • Jimmy Baxley: Charged with molesting three family members in February 2019. He now appears to coach youth boxing at Heavy Hitters Boxing Gym in New Jersey. Photos from a newspaper article about his arrest match images on the gym’s website, as well as Facebook and Instagram pages. (Baxley didn’t respond to phone, email, and text messages from NBC.)
  • Thomas Navarro: Convicted in 2000 of sodomy and sexual abuse involving a minor. Navarro now appears to be teaching horseback riding at River Chase Farm in Aldie, Virginia. A mugshot of Navarro matches photos on the farm’s Instagram and Facebook pages. (Navarro told NBC he is suing SafeSport and couldn’t discuss anything at this time.)
  • Robert Barletta: Charged with sexual assault with intent to rape a female coach at a hockey camp. He owns an ice skating rink, Rodman Arena, in Walpole, Massachusetts, according to business filings, and a team in a USA Hockey-affiliated youth league. (Barletta has pleaded not guilty, his attorney, Curt Bletzer, told NBC. “He didn’t do what he’s charged with doing,” Bletzer said.)
  • Ernest Bolen: Pleaded guilty in 1992 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving teenagers under the age of 17. A Facebook page for Beardstown Karate Club and Fitness in Beardstown, Illinois, which is in the same county where Bolen was charged, indicates that a man named Ernest Bolen works there. (He didn’t respond to requests for comment from NBC.)
  • Michael Strickland: Charged with offenses involving sexual misconduct. A Facebook page for the Rising Stars Basketball Club in Valdosta, Georgia, identifies a Michael Strickland as a coach, and a league spokesman confirmed it’s the same person as the one in the SafeSport database. (Neither Strickland nor the club responded to requests for comment from NBC.)
  • Heather Adams: Pleaded guilty in 2013 to a charge of aggravated misdemeanor sexual exploitation for having sex with an 18-year-old student who attended the school where she taught chemistry, according to news accounts at the time. The case was handled through a deferred judgment agreement, allowing her to avoid conviction by completing two years of probation. The case was later dismissed. She now runs a hockey league for high school-age players and older – Corridor Hockey Association – in Iowa, according to the organization’s website and state incorporation records. She declined to be interviewed about SafeSport’s action but said in an email to NBC: “This was a decade ago. I’ve been cleared of all wrongdoing, and there is nothing on my record except some speeding tickets.”
  • Anthony DeSilva: Charged in 2012 with numerous offenses, including use of a computer to seduce a child, but pleaded no contest to a single count of unlawful computer usage. He now runs a scouting agency for youth hockey, Top Hockey Prospect, in Acushnet, Massachusetts, his publicist, Gail Sideman, confirmed to NBC.
  • Charlie Mercado: Convicted of misdemeanor child molestation in August 2017 and was ordered not to work with female minors. He now appears to run a youth basketball program, Gamepoint Basketball, in Oceanside, California. A Charlie Mercado is listed on the organization’s website as the founder, and his photo matches a picture that appeared in a local news article about his arrest. (Neither Mercado nor Gamepoint Basketball responded to requests for comment from NBC News.)
  • Peter Kim: Listed in SafeSport’s database as being permanently ineligible to participate in USA Taekwondo; he was also convicted of attempted sexual battery and was a registered sex offender until 2013. However, despite his SafeSport status, Kim reportedly works at Matchpoint Martial Arts in Brunswick, Ohio. He has received glowing reviews from parents on Google, according to NBC. “Master Kim is awesome with all the kids,” one says.

NBC News questioned SafeSport CEO Ju’Riese Colón regarding the above listed individuals. She reportedly said the effort to prevent abuse in sports “requires a commitment from people at all levels.”

“Every sport entity serving minor athletes should follow the CDC guidelines on child safety and adhere to abuse-prevention best practices, including conducting comprehensive background checks, implementing strong safety policies and offering abuse prevention training,” Colón said to NBC.

Colón reportedly also told NBC that SafeSport “strongly recommends that every sports organization review our public Centralized Disciplinary Database when screening coaches and other individuals in a position of authority, particularly those working with minors.”

Additionally, Colon noted that although its jurisdiction is limited, “SafeSport has worked with more than 900 organizations outside the Olympic and Paralympic movement to provide training,” according to NBC.

Dordulian Law Group’s founder and former sex crimes prosecutor, Sam Dordulian, noted that parents whose children participate in athletics should be outraged.

“It’s unconscionable that an organization created to ostensibly protect child athletes from sexual predators allows offenders they have identified to continue working with children. Parents will rightfully be outraged and deserve to have confidence that their children’s coaches are screened and undergo the very same background checks used to hire teachers,” Dordulian said. “There needs to be accountability in all sports where adults are working directly with children.”

The NBC News report also profiles sexual abuse survivors – former child athletes – who have reported crimes to police, but whose perpetrators remain actively engaged in either coaching or working with child athletes.

To read the full NBC News article, please click here.

What is the Child Athlete Bill of Rights?

In July 2021, two non-profit organizations working to end child sexual abuse and support survivors – Child USA and The Army of Survivors – officially announced the launch of the Child Athlete Bill of Rights advocacy campaign. The organizations made an official appeal to all those involved in youth athletics, requesting that they commit to preventing future abuse by adopting four guiding principles within the Child Athlete Bill of Rights.

The four main principles of the Child Athlete Bill of Rights include (under the acronym SAFE):

  • S is for SAY: Children have the right to say no at any time
  • A is for ACT: Children have the right to disclose to an adult when they feel uncomfortable
  • F is for FEEL: Children need to have the space and support to express their feelings
  • E is for EDUCATION: Children and their caregivers need to be educated about what abuse is and how they can report it

To read more about the Child Athlete Bill of Rights, please visit our recent blog.

How Long Do I Have to File a California Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

The California statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes is temporarily paused under Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). AB 218, which took effect on January 1, 2020, tolls (pauses) the statute of limitations on all childhood sexual abuse through the end of 2022.

While AB 218 is in effect, any survivor of childhood sexual abuse or assault may file a civil claim seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. However, as of January 1, 2023, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any future legal recourse or ability to pursue financial compensation for various damages.

Additionally, California AB 218 features a treble damages clause which allows the courts latitude to triple financial damages awards in cases where cover-ups are proven.

For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that wrongdoing was proved in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included in the bill in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups. Such cover-ups often took place over the course of several decades in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church, and have consequently impacted countless innocent survivors. Despite the rampant abuse at a systemic level, AB 218 offers all survivors an opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.

What Damages Can be Recovered in a Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

A California childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuit may be filed in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of childhood sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.

Some common damages that may be secured through a California childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

Although children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred, the statute of limitations is different for adult survivors of sexual violence.

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Moreover, the statute of limitations for adult sex crimes allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Free Los Angeles, California, Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer Consultation

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a proven California-based firm with decades of experience successfully handling childhood sexual abuse claims. We represent survivors throughout California as well as across the United States. DLG offers child sex abuse survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s experienced childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your child sex abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. DLG’s childhood sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.

How Can You Afford a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer After an Injury?

What if I Can't Afford a Car Accident Lawyer and am Injured in an Accident?

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life here in Southern California. And in the first half of 2021, despite traffic levels being lower than normal with the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every traffic crash category saw an increase in Los Angeles, according to data provided by the LAPD.

What if I Can’t Afford a Car Accident Lawyer and am Injured in an Accident?

For example:

  • DUI crashes increased 20% from 2020
  • Severe DUI crashes where a serious injury occurred increased 73% from 2020
  • Fatal DUI crashes increased 9% from 2020
  • Fatal hit-and-run crashes increased 25% from 2020
  • Severe hit-and-run crashes increased 20% from 2020
  • Crashes where a driver seriously injured a pedestrian increased 45% from 2020
  • Crashes where a driver seriously injured a bicyclist increased 34% from 2020
  • Crashes where a driver killed a bicyclist increased 40% from 2020

Car accidents often lead to injuries that can range in severity. Such injuries – including whiplash, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, broken or fractured bones, and more – can be devastating to one’s quality of life. In fact, many car accident injuries can require long-term care which can cause considerable financial hardship.

When you’re injured in a California car accident, filing a civil claim (lawsuit) can often be the best means of recovering critical financial compensation which ensures you make a complete recovery:

  • Physically
  • Emotionally
  • Financially

But what if you can’t afford to hire an attorney out-of-pocket? Moreover, how do you know whether or not you need to hire a car accident lawyer?

In the sections below, we will review how to find an experienced, qualified, and proven car accident lawyer without ever having to pay a penny in upfront fees. Additionally, we’ll look at what types of financial damages may be recovered in a car accident claim, review what sorts of injuries often result after such traffic crash, and discuss how to file a motor vehicle collision lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group.

How Can I Afford a Car Accident Injury Attorney?

When you’re unexpectedly injured in a car accident, your world can be turned upside down. Medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more can occur after even a minor fender bender. When serious or catastrophic injuries are sustained after a car accident, a settlement may be the only thing preventing financial ruin due to ongoing and costly medical care costs.

As most people are unable to afford to pay a lawyer out-of-pocket, many personal injury attorneys will work on what’s known as a contingency fee basis. Rather than charging an hourly rate (which can be quite costly) or being “on the clock,” car accident lawyers such as those here at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) work on a contingency fee basis that is agreed to with clients when cases are accepted.

In short, a contingency fee agreement means that a car accident lawyer will accept your case without any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. Rather than taking money upfront or charging you an hourly rate, a DLG contingency fee car accident lawyer will only accept payment after successfully recovering a maximum financial damages award for your injury claim.

When a car accident lawyer accepts your case on a contingency basis, it means that he or she is willing to accept the risk of potentially never receiving payment for services. However, it also means that your attorney is confident in the possibility of reaching a successful outcome in your claim – via either a cash settlement or verdict.

In other words, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can afford to hire an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer (regardless of your financial situation) by entering into a contingency fee agreement. By doing so, you will never pay anything until your financial settlement or verdict has been obtained. If you don’t receive a financial damages award, you never have to worry about paying any fees for a car accident attorney’s services.

What are Typical Attorney Contingency Fees?

In short, typical car accident (or personal injury) attorney contingency fees range from between 33% and 45% of a final financial damages award. In other words, if you received a $100,000,000 settlement for your car accident claim, you would ultimately receive a check for between $670,000 and $550,000.

However, lawyer contingency fees often vary from firm-to-firm (and can fluctuate depending on the specific details related to your case). As the prospective client, you always have the right to negotiate a specific percentage or alternative agreement. But in most personal injury cases, a lawyer will receive 33% (one third) of a final settlement or verdict.

In some cases, the contingency fee percentage paid to the attorney is determined by the merits of the claim and will vary based on the amount of time it takes for the case to reach a conclusion. This is referred to as a “sliding scale” option. In such sliding scale agreements, where a contingency fee can increase according to what’s known as “tiers,” the following structure often applies:

  • In cases are able to be quickly concluded – where a settlement is reached prior to a formal complaint being filed with the applicable court – the attorney will likely be entitled to a “first tier” percentage. A typical first tier percentage is 33%. However, some cases may warrant a lower figure. In cases where a formal complaint must be filed in court, the fee percentage to which the attorney is entitled may increase.
  • In cases that do not reach a resolution and proceed to a trial, the attorney’s fees may increase once again. Essentially, if your case requires your attorney to devote significant hours (and/or proceeds to a lengthy trial), you can likely expect the fee percentage to increase slightly from the first tier. Typically, that increase is somewhere between the initial 33% (one third) agreement and the potential high-end of 40%.

While an attorney’s contingency fees may seem high, it’s important to keep in mind that your lawyer is in fact taking on all the risk when accepting a case via such an agreement. Again, when you hire a car accident lawyer on a contingency fee basis, you’re only ever responsible for paying after your case has reached a successful conclusion via a maximum financial damages award.

Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer on a Contingency Fee Basis?

Whether you hire legal representation on a contingency fee or hourly basis will depend on a number of personal circumstances. If you aren’t able to pay anything upfront, a contingency fee agreement may be your best option. But a contingency fee agreement may be prudent even if you are able to pay an hourly fee – as cases that require significant time, energy, and resources may ultimately cost more in the end.

Regardless of your financial situation, the most important thing you can do after a car accident injury is hire an experienced and proven lawyer. Doing so can help ensure that you recover the maximum possible financial compensation for your claim.

In fact, research indicates that personal injury victims actually receive significantly more money for their claim when represented by a qualified lawyer, as opposed to attempting to handle the case on their own.

For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following personal injury claim statistics:

  • Settlements for injured claimants were 40% higher when they had secured private legal representation.
  • The average insurance payout was 3.5 times higher for injured victims who hired private attorneys (when compared to those representing themselves).
  • 85% of all money paid by insurance companies for bodily injuries is received by victims who have secured representation from a private personal injury attorney.

At DLG our Car Accident Division attorneys only accept cases we believe can be won. When we accept your case on a contingency fee basis, you can be confident that we will fight to recover a maximum damages award.

What are Some Common Types of Car Accident Injuries?

Car accidents can lead to a range of injuries – varying in both type and severity. Some of the more common types of car accident injuries we encounter at DLG include:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Road rash
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Concussion (MTBI)
  • Torn ligaments
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Paralysis
  • Death

The extent of one’s car accident injuries may impact the total amount of financial compensation recovered. For example, more severe injuries requiring substantial medical care and recovery time may warrant significant cash settlement awards. To learn more about how much your Los Angeles, California, car accident injury claim may be worth, contact a lawyer from DLG’s Personal Injury Division today at 818-322-4056.

What Types of Damages May be Recovered in a Car Accident Injury Claim?

Car accident claims can vary on a case-by-case basis. Some car accidents cause serious or catastrophic injuries that require significant legal resources (potentially including a jury trial). Others (the vast majority, in fact) can be settled quickly and without ever requiring a trial.

The most common examples of car accident injury damages in civil lawsuits are broken down below according to type.

Common California Car Accident Injury Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Emergency department treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Capacity

Common California Car Accident Injury Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Scarring or other serious injury
  • Compensation for loss of a limb or disfigurement

Hiring a DLG car accident injury lawyer can help ensure your civil claim is maximized and that you recover all applicable damages after an incident due to negligence. Our Car Accident Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.

To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG California car accident injury lawyer handling your case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.

Hire the Best Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Lawyers Today

Your car accident lawsuit deserves to be handled by only an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer who will ensure your claim is maximized and you are able to make a complete recovery. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and keeping any payouts for car accident injury claims as low as possible. The moment after you get into a car accident, insurance companies dispatch their teams of lawyers and adjusters to begin thoroughly evaluating your injury claim.

Accordingly, hiring a personal injury lawyer after a car accident is a means of leveling the playing field for victims. Just as the insurance companies have a team of professionals working to protect their multi-billion dollar interests, you should have a team of professionals fighting to ensure your losses are covered and you receive the medical care and attention you deserve. That’s where the team of proven and dedicated car accident lawyers at DLG can help.

We have secured the results you need for peace of mind throughout every step of the car accident injury claims process. We won’t settle for anything less than a maximum financial damages payout for your car accident injury lawsuit. Proving liability in a California car accident injury case requires skill and experience in order to secure the maximum financial compensation you truly deserve. Fighting to recover intangible and hard to quantify damages such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma can be challenging, but DLG’s team of car accident lawyers, led by Sam Dordulian, has the experience and skill you deserve.

In fact, Sam Dordulian has secured more than 100 jury trial victories throughout his esteemed career. Unlike many car accident lawyers at “settlement mill” firms, DLG has extensive jury trial experience. In other words, when you choose DLG to handle your car accident injury claim, you never have to worry about having to accept less than a maximum financial damages award. Even if your case requires a jury trial, you can be confident that our experienced team will fight aggressively to secure the justice and maximum financial compensation you deserve.

To learn more about the Top 10 Signs that you’ve hired the best lawyer for your case – whether a car accident, truck accident, Uber/Lyft accident, or bicycle accident injury – please visit our in-depth blog.

Free Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Lawyer Consultation

With DLG, your car accident injury consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve car accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.

Some of the local areas DLG serves include:

  • Los Angeles
  • Long Beach
  • Glendale
  • Torrance
  • North Hollywood
  • Burbank
  • Pasadena
  • San Diego
  • Bakersfield
  • Sacramento
  • Fresno
  • Riverside
  • San Francisco
  • Granada Hills
  • Simi Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Antelope Valley

Remember, if a DLG car accident attorney accepts your case, it means he or she is therefore willing to accept the risk that no compensation could potentially be received for legal services and expenses. By accepting that risk, your DLG attorney is confident that a successful resolution leading to a maximum financial damages award can be achieved.

Our experienced attorneys can help you pursue a financial award for your personal injury case. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation today.

It’s important to file your car accident injury claim as soon as possible to preserve any evidence you may need to prove your case. We will utilize medical experts and other investigative professionals like our in-house Chief Investigator with 30 years of experience in the LAPD, Detective Moses Castillo. Our entire team will work tirelessly to strengthen your car accident injury claim and pursue a successful maximum financial settlement or verdict.

DLG’s Los Angeles, California, car accident injury lawyers have secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients while maintaining a 98% success record. With our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, there is never any upfront cost for our expert car accident injury legal representation, and you never pay a dime until we successfully secure a maximum financial damages award for your claim.

Contact a DLG Los Angeles, California, car accident injury lawyer today at 818-322-4056 to arrange for a free consultation.

Don’t miss the deadline for filing your car accident injury lawsuit. California car accident injury victims who fail to file claims within the standard two-year statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek critical financial compensation for damages.

What is the Major League Baseball (MLB) Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Policy?

Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer Suspended 2 Seasons for Violating MLB's Sexual Assault Policy

Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the suspension of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer last week. Citing violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy, commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that Bauer’s suspension – effective as of Friday, April 30, 2021 – would span two seasons (324 games) without pay. Said suspension, the longest non-life ban of its kind in the seven years since the league’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy took effect, does not account for the 99 games for which Bauer has been on leave, according to a report from The Sporting News.

Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer Suspended 2 Seasons for Violating MLB’s Sexual Assault Policy

Bauer had been on paid administrative leave since July 2, 2021, with MLB extending his leave as it continued its investigation into “claims of sexual assault from a California woman,” according to The Sporting News.

As we noted in a blog post from September 2021, the Washington Post reported that a woman made “graphic allegations in court filings, supported by photos and medical records, about two separate sexual encounters with Bauer.” Said sexual encounters allegedly turned violent, and the alleged survivor was reportedly granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Bauer in June of 2021.

The Washington Post report also noted:

  • Bauer was the subject of a temporary order of protection sought by a different woman in 2020, according to sealed court records reviewed by the newspaper.
  • The second woman, an Ohio resident, sought the order in June 2020 following “repeated threats from the then-Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
  • The investigation was based on statements from the woman’s lawyer as well as records separately obtained by the newspaper.
  • Photographs independently obtained by the newspaper show bruises on the woman’s face and blood in her eyes, which her attorney told the newspaper were caused by Bauer punching and choking her during sex without consent.
  • Both women’s accounts of violent sexual encounters with Bauer are “strikingly similar.”
  • A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge eventually denied the request from Bauer’s California accuser seeking a permanent restraining order in August 2021.

Following Bauer’s confirmed suspension, the Los Angeles Dodgers issued the following statement:

Today, we were informed that MLB has concluded its investigation into allegations that have been made against Trevor Bauer, and the Commissioner has issued his decision regarding discipline. The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and does not condone or excuse any acts of domestic violence or sexual assault. We’ve cooperated fully with MLB’s investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, and the Commissioner’s enforcement of the Policy. We understand that Trevor has the right to appeal the Commissioner’s decision. Therefore, we will not comment further until the process is complete.

Trevor Bauer responded to MLB’s suspension announcement on Twitter by denying the accusations and asserting that he would appeal the decision.

In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence & sexual assault policy,” Bauer wrote.

I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives & I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”

A Los Angeles Times report noted that Bauer is the first of 16 players suspended under MLB’s sexual assault and domestic violence policy not to agree on a negotiated settlement.

Bauer is under contract with the Dodgers for the remainder of the 2022 season with an annual salary of $32 million. He has an opt-out clause ahead of the 2023 season where he is owed another $32 million, according to The Sporting News. If his suspension is upheld after the appeal, however, The Sporting News notes that Bauer “would not receive any remaining money from his contract, regardless of whether he opts out.”

In February, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced that Bauer would not face any criminal charges related to the sexual violence allegations.

About the Sexual Violence Allegations Against Trevor Bauer of the L.A. Dodgers

A June 2021 report from The Athletic detailed the allegations against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. According to The Athletic:

  • A woman, identified only as “Ms. Hill,” alleged that she had two sexual encounters with Bauer, one in April and the other in May.
  • She claimed Bauer performed multiple sexual acts without consent after initiating sex without consent, and choked her to the point of unconsciousness. She also said he punched her in the face and genitals.
  • During the second encounter, she claimed to have suffered multiple injuries, with medical notes indicating she had “significant head and facial trauma” with signs of a basilar skull fracture.
  • An intake form indicated “head and facial trauma,” but a CT scan and MRI revealed no such injuries, according to public records.
  • References to “signs of a basilar skull fracture” from the intake form have since been ruled by Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman to have been “materially misleading.”
  • The woman filed a temporary ex parte restraining order that was executed on June 28 with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • An L.A. County Superior Court judge later denied Ms. Hill’s request to make the ex parte restraining order permanent and dissolved the ex parte restraining order after a July 23rd hearing in which Bauer was able to respond/refute the allegations.

After the initial allegations surfaced, Bauer’s agent, Jon Fetterolf, issued the following statement:

“[Ms. Hill’s] basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications. Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law. and claimed that the encounters were fully consensual.”

Bauer maintained that both sexual encounters with Ms. Hill were “wholly consensual,” according to The Sporting News.

What is MLB’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Policy?

Major League Baseball announced the creation of its Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy in August 2015. The policy states that MLB:

  • Takes an absolute stand against domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse
  • Protects the legal and procedural rights of players
  • Provides assistance to victims and families, especially information and referrals to available resources
  • Recognizes that players may also be the victims in intimate relationships
  • Focuses on education and prevention, including training on this policy
  • Utilizes the most effective methods and resources for therapeutic intervention for abusers and those abused
  • Allows for therapeutic programs for players and for the imposition of appropriate discipline on players.

Furthermore, the policy covers acts of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault (together, “Covered Act“) as defined below:

  • Domestic violence: is a pattern of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It occurs in heterosexual and same sex relationships and impacts individuals from all economic, educational, cultural, age, gender, racial, and religious demographics. Domestic violence includes, but is not limited to, physical or sexual violence, emotional and/or psychological intimidation, verbal violence, stalking, economic control, harassment, physical intimidation, or injury. Notwithstanding this definition, a single incident of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship, or a single incident of abusive behavior involving a female member of a player’s family who is domiciled with him, may subject a player to discipline under this policy.
  • Sexual assault: refers to a range of behaviors, including a completed nonconsensual sex act, an attempted nonconsensual sex act, and/or nonconsensual sexual contact. Lack of consent is inferred when a person uses force, harassment, threat of force, threat of adverse personnel or disciplinary action, or other coercion, or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, unconscious, or legally incapable of consent.
  • Child abuse: is any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child who is under the age of 18 or not an emancipated minor, or any act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of such harm to such a child.

To read MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy in its entirety, please click here.

List of Players Suspended Under MLB’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Policy

The following players have been suspended under Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy:

List of Players Suspended Under MLB’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Policy

ESPN reported that the MLB domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy grants league commissioner Rob Manfred the autonomy to suspend players under “just cause.” The prior suspensions – not counting that of former reliever Felipe Vazquez, who is serving a jail sentence for sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl – have ranged from 15 to 162 games and were the result of negotiated settlements in which players waived their right to appeal, according to ESPN.

According to a report from SB Nation, prior to MLB’s 2015 policy taking effect, “the league’s stance on domestic violence was lax.”

No Major League Baseball team reportedly took disciplinary action against a player accused of or arrested for domestic violence until the Boston Red Sox suspended Wil Cordero in 1997 following a domestic violence arrest.

How to File a Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit

A sexual assault civil lawsuit may be brought by a survivor in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of a sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim with Dordulian Law Group.

Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

In many instances, sexual assault survivors are able to obtain justice and recover financial compensation without having to go through a lengthy trial. Sexual assault financial settlements are often able to be obtained with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Sexual Assault Civil Claim?

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Additionally, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred under AB 218. For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Sexual Assault Lawyer Today

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a leading California-based sex crimes firm representing survivors across the United States. Led by former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian, DLG offers survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s experienced sexual assault lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

For a free and confidential consultation about your sexual assault civil lawsuit, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our proven California sexual assault attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.

Defense Department Stresses Zero Tolerance Policy for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Defense Department Launches STEP FORWARD Campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAM), and Dordulian Law Group is highlighting various programs and initiatives to help raise awareness and prevent sexual violence. One such campaign was recently announced by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Defense Department Launches STEP FORWARD Campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The DOD’s STEP FORWARD campaign “is a call to action for everyone in the Department to do their part to prevent sexual assault and encourage greater assistance seeking,” according to the organization’s website.

In the sections below, we will look at the issue of sexual assault and abuse in the U.S. Military, review the recently announced STEP FORWARD campaign in detail, and discuss how to file a civil claim to recover financial compensation in the event of a sex crime.

How Common is Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military?

In a February blog, we noted that sexual assault reports at U.S. military academies had increased significantly during the 2020-2021 school year. This upward trend in sexual assault allegations was confirmed despite “an influx of new sexual assault prevention and treatment programs,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

A Defense Department report released in February confirmed the following:

  • Claims of sexual assault increased by 25%.
  • Claims of sexual harassment increased by 150% at U.S. military academies during the latest academic year (when compared to the previous academic year).

Additionally, the Defense Department’s Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies indicated the following troubling statistics:

  • 161 reports of sexual assault were received compared to 129 reports the previous academic year (an increase of 32 reports).
  • A total of 30 complaints of sexual harassment were made during the 2020-2021 academic year compared to 12 reports the year before (an increase of 18).

The report collects information from all three U.S. military academies for the academic year beginning June 1, 2020, and concluding May 31, 2021. Those academies include:

  • The U.S. Military Academy
  • The U.S. Naval Academy
  • The U.S. Air Force Academy

Of the 161 reports of sexual assault where cadets and midshipmen attending the military academies were the victim or alleged offender:

  • 131 were from people reporting incidents that occurred during military service
  • 14 reports were from incidents that occurred prior to military service
  • 16 reports were made by “active-duty service members, civilians, or prep school students”
  • Of the 30 sexual harassment complaints made in the 2020-2021 academic year:
  • Nine were formal complaints
  • 21 were informal complaints

The Defense Department report further stated that the reason for the substantial increase in sexual assault and harassment claims was “unclear.” However, the report also confirmed that the Defense Department “did not administer a scientific prevalence survey this year.”

What is the Department of Defense Doing to Combat Sexual Violence?

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense launched its STEP FORWARD campaign to coincide with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The theme of this year’s program is:

STEP FORWARD. Prevent. Report. Advocate.

According to the DOD’s website, the STEP FORWARD campaign is a call to action for everyone in the Department to do their part to prevent sexual assault and encourage greater assistance seeking.

The DOD further notes that National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is commemorated every April by both civilian and military communities. DOD observes SAAM to emphasize the link between military readiness and healthy unit climate.

Furthermore, over a decade of research from the DOD confirms:

  • Sexual assault occurs less often in units where members support and respect each other.
  • Sticking up for someone who is being hazed, bullied, harassed, or abused sends a strong message that helps improve climates.

We are all very different people that come together in the service of our country. The STEP FORWARD campaign recognizes that each of us in the military community can take action to make our units safer,” Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Acting Director, Dr. Nate Galbreath, said. “Prevention starts with recognizing that our day to day interactions, when respectful, can snowball into making the military a great place to work and live.

Elizabeth Foster, Executive Director of the Office of Force Resiliency, added:

We are laser focused on change that benefits our people and our military’s effectiveness. The destructive impact of a sexual assault is felt at the individual level and beyond, and threatens the readiness of our troops. I ask every member of our DOD community to support the STEP FORWARD campaign. Make it your business to encourage acts that help prevent sexual assault, increase reporting, and advocate for a safer, respectful workplace. Our mission demands it.

New Defense Department Action Coincides With Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Earlier this month, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks provided remarks at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies.

At the Department of Defense, combating sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military is a high priority for [Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III] and me. Doing so not only ensures that our service members serve in a healthy organizational climate – which bolsters our readiness – but it is also the right thing to do,” the deputy secretary said.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin established an independent review commission last year and charged it with developing recommendations on how to advance efforts to counter military sexual assault and harassment.

The independent body of experts, together with hundreds of individuals from across the department, produced an evidence-based, comprehensive report with more than 80 recommendations.

We are now in the process of implementing all of the Independent Review Commission’s recommendations, and we are developing metrics to track our progress in doing so,” Hicks said.

Some of the department’s areas of focus include:

  • Reforming the military justice system
  • Establishing a dedicated and specialized violence prevention workforce
  • Redesigning how DOD staffs, resources, and professionalizes the sexual assault response workforce

At the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies, Hicks highlighted three areas of DOD action now underway to change culture and behavior:

  • DOD aims to empower its service members with the knowledge, skills and training to prevent, recognize, report and respond to sexual harassment.
  • Across the department, the staff is working hard to ensure healthy practices in its military workplaces. This means promoting inclusive environments across units and offices and targeting risk factors and negative cultures that lead to sexual assault, harassment and other readiness-impacting behaviors.
  • DOD is taking steps to strengthen leadership-prevention competence.

The department also recently released the 2021 on-site installation evaluation report, which reflects a new and now-recurring effort that will help leaders up and down the chain of command identify key information to improve command climates. This will not only help to prevent sexual assault and harassment, but also prevent other harmful behaviors, such as suicide,” Hicks said.

Regarding the steps being taken to strengthen leadership-prevention competence, Hicks noted, “This means training and selecting leaders who are not only committed to building and growing healthy climates, but to also demonstrate the skills we need to effectively prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence.”

Whether you are in higher education considering military service or civilian employment, just beginning your career at DOD, or a seasoned leader, prevention is truly an all-hands effort that begins with you,” she added.

Secretary of the Air Force Issues Proclamation During SAAM 2022

Earlier this week, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall signed a proclamation reaffirming the Department of the Air Force’s commitment to preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, as well as supporting sexual assault survivors.

Kendall also announced a new provision to the Department’s leave policy that enables sexual assault survivors to take up to 30 days of non-chargeable leave as they seek resources to support their recovery.

There is no higher priority than taking care of our Airmen, Guardians and their families,” Kendall said. “April’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month offers an opportunity to take stock of our efforts and recommit ourselves to ending sexual violence and supporting survivors. Our core values require it, and we have to stay focused on this topic year-round to meet the obligations we share with those whom we serve alongside.”

According to the Air Force website, officials are implementing the ‘Safe-to-Report‘ policy, pioneered at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which removes barriers to reporting by eliminating punishment for minor collateral misconduct such as underage drinking. Many other ongoing actions are linked to the Department of Defense’s Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military, including:

  • Developing a plan to ensure an independent reporting structure for Sexual Assault and Response Coordinators. This structure will provide independent oversight and empower SARCs to best support survivors while still maintaining direct access to commanders.
  • Enabling sexual harassment survivors’ access to advocacy support from Sexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocates.
  • Increasing full-time victim advocates to strengthen the response workforce available to ensure critical support and care of victims.
  • Researching prevention training initiatives including a Sexual Communication and Consent Program at basic military training, designed to increase military trainees’ understanding of consent and sexual assault.

Each member of our team shares in the enduring responsibility to eliminate sexual assault and harassment from our ranks,” Kendall added. “I urge every Airman, Guardian, and Department civilian to treat each other with dignity and respect, hold others accountable to our high standards of conduct, and to take care of your teammates.

How Does California SB 352 Impact Military Sex Crimes?

California Senate Bill 352 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 16, 2021, and officially took effect on January 1 of this year. Prior to the passage of SB 352, sexual assault or harassment could not be prosecuted within the U.S. Military – either criminally or civilly.

With SB 352 now in effect, sexual assault and harassment are considered stand-alone offenses under California’s incorporation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. SB 352 effectively removes any question over whether sexual assault or harassment are punishable within California’s military ranks.

As an article co-authored by the Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, and State Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman noted in July:

The bill’s message of zero tolerance for sexual harassment conveys an important message to both victims (who might be less likely to report sexual harassment without clear indication that it is a punishable offense) and potential perpetrators.

Section 1 of SB 352 includes the following language (sections D and E):

  • Eradicating sexual harassment within our military forces is the next step in ensuring that California remains the leader in providing unparalleled protections to members of the military.
  • The California Military Department is among the best in the nation at implementing a robust Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. Making sexual harassment a standalone offense will allow Commanders in the California National Guard to lead the nation in proactive sexual assault prevention by giving them a tool to discipline or remove from the ranks service members guilty of sexual harassment before their misconduct can escalate to sexual assault.

Additionally, SB 352 clarifies that sex crimes committed by military members while on duty are not protected from civil or criminal liability. Furthermore, the bill requires that statistical data from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Report – a database for documenting sex crimes – be released.

The full text of California SB 352 is available here.

How to Report Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

If you or someone you know in the Department of Defense community has experienced sexual assault, the DOD Safe Helpline is available 24/7 for anonymous, one-on-one support via 877- 995-5247 or SafeHelpline.org/live-chat.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Military Sexual Assault Lawyer Today

Survivors of military sexual assault may wish to bring a civil lawsuit in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances your sex crime, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will pursue various compensatory damages through a civil claim.

Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a military sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:

  • Hospital or medical expenses
  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Contact our top-rated team of expert sexual abuse attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

DLG is a leading California sexual assault firm representing survivors across the United States. Founded by former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian, DLG offers survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

DLG’s trusted military sexual assault lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

Some of our recent sexual assault civil lawsuit victories include:

For a free, no obligation, and confidential consultation regarding your military sexual assault civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our California sexual assault attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.

California Man Accused of Luring Over 80 Kids Into Making Online Sexual Abuse Material

California Man Accused of Luring Over 80 Kids Into Making Online Sexual Abuse Material

A 24-year-old California man is accused of posing as a prepubescent girl to form relationships with more than 80 children throughout the United States in an effort to force them to produce online child sex abuse material.

California Man Accused of Luring Over 80 Kids Into Making Online Sexual Abuse Material

Demetrius Carl Davis, 24, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, according to a report from NBC News.

A months-long investigation into Davis was launched after the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Sergeant Rodney Grassmann said.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office identified more than 80 victims in the United States and alleged that Demetrius Carl Davis had pretended to be a young girl named Lizzy and contacted “well over 100 children” in 2020 and 2021, including some in other countries, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

The victims were typically between the ages of six and 13.

The Department of Homeland Security is assisting investigators in identifying more than 15 international victims, according to a video statement from Sergeant Grassmann.

Davis is suspected of generating numerous fictitious social media accounts, portraying himself as a prepubescent female child named Lizzy,” Grassmann said.

Davis used these accounts to befriend and communicate with children on the internet in order to groom them,” he added.

A search warrant executed at Davis’ house on December 1, 2021, led to the discovery of recordings of children engaged in sexual acts on the suspect’s electronic devices, Grassmann said.

According to Grassmann, Davis would lure the children into participating in the creation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) by:

  • Speaking to the children in sexually explicit language
  • Sending them child sex abuse videos
  • Directing them to produce child sex abuse material

The videos showed children engaging in sexual acts with their siblings and other children, Sergeant Grassmann confirmed to NBC News.

What’s particularly heinous about this is that this grooming led up to our suspect asking these children to perform sexual acts on their siblings, other relatives and other kids that they know and film it and then send that video to our suspect,” Grassmann said.

The abuse is believed to have started in late 2020, according to a New York Post report.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department issued a map depicting the dozens of victims throughout the country who were contacted by Davis:

Demetrius Carl Davis is believed to have contacted over 100 children from across the U.S. and several other countries
Demetrius Carl Davis is believed to have contacted over 100 children from across the U.S. and several other countries. – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Grassmann encouraged parents to play an active role in learning who their children communicate with online.

Every electronic device connected to the internet is like an open window to the entire world. You have no idea who is talking to your child,” he said.
Grassmann also urged parents and caretakers everywhere to “check their children’s devices for contact with a person named Lizzy.” He further encouraged anyone who discovers “anything suspicious” to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office via 916-874-3002 or ICAC@sacsheriff.com.

It is unclear if Davis has a lawyer, according to NBC News. He is currently being held without bail at the Sacramento County Jail.

Online Sexual Predator Cases On the Rise During the Pandemic

Kelly Litvak is the executive director of Childproof America, a non-profit organization working to empower families in the battle against sex trafficking. According to Childproof America’s website, their mission is to educate, equip, and empower America’s parents in the protection and defense of their children, and improve the quality of aid to impacted families.

In an interview with ABC 13, Litvak said sexual predator cases have been on the rise during the pandemic.

A lot of kids were online doing schooling at that point and we know predators pray where kids play,” she said.

Litvak outlined specific warning signs parents should look for that may indicate communication with an online sexual predator:

  • Look for your kid spending time on devices at night
  • Look for your kid being tired during the day
  • Look for your kid not acting right or suspicious/hiding their online activity

“If you see that your child’s behavior is changing, and they’re being disrespectful to you or just really distant from you,” there may be an issue, Litvak explained.

Litvak said that parents are encouraged to have difficult conversations with their children over online activity. “If something is discovered, don’t be embarrassed or delete the information. Instead, contact police,” she said to ABC 13.

This is a risk that is right here within inches of your child’s face,” Litvak added. “We as parents need to be equipped, informed and empower our children to make wise and informed decisions.

Significant Increase in Child Sex Abuse URLs Confirmed in 2021

As we noted in an earlier blog, the U.S. now hosts more online child sexual abuse material than any other nation, according to new research provided by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

According to the IWF, a United Kingdom-based organization working to identify, flag, and remove abusive content featuring children, the following online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) statistics have been confirmed:

  • The U.S. accounted for 30% of the global total of CSAM URLs at the end of March 2022.
  • That figure is up considerably from the 21% global share of CSAM URLs that the U.S. was confirmed to have hosted at the end of 2021.
  • 252,194 URLs containing or advertising CSAM in 2021 existed in the U.S.
  • That figure represents a 64% increase from 2020.
  • 89% of the CSAM URLs were traced to image hosts, file-storing cyberlockers, and image stores.
  • 2021 was reportedly the worst year on record for child sexual abuse images online since the organization began tracking such content, with 252,194 URLs containing images or videos of children under the age of 18 being sexually abused identified (compared with 153,000 in 2020).
  • 70% of victims were between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • Where boys were included in the content, it tended to be of a “more severe category.”
  • The material was found to be predominantly self-generated and usually recorded at home using a phone or webcam.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s geographical breakdown, the U.S. is one of the largest locations for reports of CSAM, with 716,474 reports made in 2021 (up from 494,388 in 2020).

How to Report a Case of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)

To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt, or production of CSAM or child pornography, file a claim on NCMEC’s website via www.cybertipline.com.

You may also call 1-800-843-5678 to report an instance of child sexual abuse content. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.

If you have an emergency requiring immediate attention from a law enforcement official, please call 911 or contact your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department.

What Does California Law Say About Child Sexual Abuse?

Children are considered minors under California law. As a result, a child is never able to give consent, and any sexual act involving a minor is considered abuse. Under the law, childhood sexual abuse can entail:

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation

California law broadly defines child sexual assault as including any sexual act, such as:

  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Incest
  • Oral sex

Furthermore, the following actions constitute a sex crime under California law:

  • Sexual penetration with objects, fingers, or genitals
  • Contact between genitals or the mouth of one person and genitals of another
  • Intentional touching of the genitals or intimate areas
  • Masturbation in the presence of a child

Under California law, sexual exploitation of a child can also include depicting a minor in any of the aforementioned acts that are considered sexual assault. Any adult who promotes, uses, or coerces a child into participating in (or encouraging others to participate in) the following actions is committing sexual exploitation under California law:

  • Nude modeling
  • Prostitution
  • Any kind of live sexual performance

Furthermore, the law explicitly forbids any adult from coercing a child’s guardian into allowing such sexual exploitation or assault.

If you’d like to speak with a Los Angeles child sexual abuse lawyer for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation, contact a member of the Dordulian Law Group team today at 818-322-4056.

How Can I File a Child Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit?

California childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of childhood sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.

Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a California child sexual abuse civil lawsuit include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

Under recent legislation known as California Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218), the statute of limitations is temporarily paused for all childhood sex crimes through the end of 2022.

In other words, any survivor of childhood sexual abuse or assault may currently file a civil claim/lawsuit seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. As of January 1, 2023, however, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.

California AB 218 Treble Damages Clause

Additionally, California AB 218 includes a treble damages award clause which gives the courts latitude to triple financial settlements or verdicts in cases where a cover-up is proven.

For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that malfeasance was able to be proven in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included in the legislation in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups, often over the course of several decades. Cover-ups perpetrated by major organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church have impacted countless innocent survivors, but AB 218 offers all victims an opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.

California Statute of Limitations on Adult Sex Crimes

Although children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred, the statute of limitations is different for adult survivors of sexual violence.

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Moreover, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To learn more about the California statutes of limitations on sex crimes – both civil and criminal – please visit our recent blog post.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a leading California-based child sexual abuse firm representing survivors across the United States. DLG offers you a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

Led by Sam Dordulian, DLG’s experienced childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

Some of our recent sexual assault civil lawsuit victories include:

Contact our top-rated team of expert sexual abuse attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your childhood sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

Our sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.

64% Spike in Child Sexual Abuse URLs Confirmed in 2021

Report: U.S. Hosts More Child Sexual Abuse Material Online Than Any Other Nation

The U.S. hosts more online child sexual abuse content than any other nation in the world, according to new research provided by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF, a United Kingdom-based organization working to identify, flag, and remove abusive content featuring children, noted that the U.S. accounted for 30% of the global total of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) URLs at the end of March 2022.

That figure is up considerably from the 21% global share of CSAM URLs that the U.S. was confirmed to have hosted at the end of 2021. Moreover, the IWF confirmed the following to MIT Technology Review:

  • 252,194 URLs containing or advertising CSAM in 2021 existed in the U.S. (the highest number since the organization began tracking such content).
  • That figure represents a 64% increase from 2020.
  • 89% of the CSAM URLs were traced to image hosts, file-storing cyberlockers, and image stores.

The figures are drawn from confirmed CSAM content detected and traced back to the physical server by the IWF to determine its geographical location, according to MIT Technology Review. 2021 was reportedly the worst year on record for child sexual abuse images online, according to the IWF report (with 252,000 URLs containing images or videos of children under the age of 18 being sexually abused identified, compared with 153,000 in 2020).

That sudden spike in abusive material can be attributed at least partly to the fact that a number of prolific CSAM sites have switched servers from the Netherlands to the U.S., taking a sizable amount of traffic with them, Chris Hughes, director of the IWF’s hotline, confirmed to MIT Technology Review. The Netherlands had hosted more CSAM than any other country since 2016 but has now been overtaken by the U.S.

In addition, a report from the BBC confirmed that the IWF’s research indicated:

  • 70% of victims were between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • Where boys were included in the content, it tended to be of a “more severe category.”
  • The material was found to be predominantly self-generated and usually recorded at home using a phone or webcam.

Emme Hardy, a member of the IWF’s senior leadership team, told the BBC:

Since the pandemic there has been a near four-fold increase in the amount of content where offenders are accessing children remotely. That often happens when children are in bedrooms alone and have an internet-enabled device with a camera built in.”

But the IWF also noted that the increase could be due to older children exploring new technologies and spending more time online.

Parents need to talk as a family because we know that’s the best way to keep children safe,” Hardy told the BBC.

Report: Children Between 3 and 6 Victims of ‘Self-Generated Sexual Abuse’

A report from The Guardian confirmed that over a one month period, the IWF saw 51 examples of self-generated abuse imagery. Self-generated abuse imagery involves children being manipulated into recording their own abuse before the content is then shared online – including a child aged between three and six, according to The Guardian. More than half of the cases involved a sibling or friend of the child, the report indicated.

“Such young children being subjected to this kind of abuse is an emerging phenomenon – it is not something we have really seen before and this is the first time we have produced definitive data on it,” Susie Hargreaves, IWF chief executive, told The Guardian. “Our frontline analysts are now seeing younger and younger children being approached, groomed and coerced by predators online.”

The IWF further noted that the self-generated content is typically created using webcams or smartphones and then distributed on various platforms. Two-thirds of the reports, which were registered between October 11 and November 10 of 2021, were either duplicated images or videos (or contained the same children appearing more than once), according to the IWF.

“In some cases, children are groomed, deceived or extorted into producing and sharing a sexual image or video of themselves. The images are created of children often in their bedrooms or another room in a home setting and no abuser is physically present but may be present virtually via the internet,” an IWF representative confirmed to The Guardian.

Furthermore, the IWF indicated that the instances of self-generated CSAM for three to six year olds showed the young victims “performing” as if in a show.

It’s evident this is not the first time this has happened to them and they are obviously trying to ‘please’ an audience, unaware of the inappropriateness being asked of them,” the IWF said.

“In many of the videos, phones can be heard buzzing and the children then pause to read and carry out a different request, often not hesitating at what is being asked of them,” the IWF added.

Several images and videos identified by the IWF appeared to show children intently looking into the camera, presumably to read or view something and then replicate it, according to The Guardian report.

As recently as six years ago, we were seeing so-called self-generated material beginning to emerge as a threat. Now it is not only a regular thing we see – it is prevalent,” Hargreaves said to The Guardian.

According to a report from Wired, although the IWF’s 2021 figures show a geographical shift, they’re only “one snapshot” of what’s being found online.

The true scale of CSAM online is unclear. In part, record numbers are being found each year as tech companies and child safety organizations are getting better at detecting it,” according to Wired.

There is a global increase in incidents,” John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US-based nonprofit child safety organization, told Wired.

By law, tech companies in the U.S. (from Facebook and Google to GitHub and Giphy) are required to report any CSAM they find on their systems, Wired confirmed. Last year, more than 200 companies made 29 million reports of abuse material, according to figures provided to NCMEC.

That was an increase of about 35 percent compared to the year prior,” Shehan said to Wired. “These reports contained 39 million images and 44 million videos,” he added.

NCMEC’s geographical breakdown shows the U.S. as one of the largest locations for reports of CSAM. 716,474 reports were made in 2021 (up from 494,388 in 2020), according to NCMEC’s data.

But the U.S. is dwarfed by other nations, according to Wired’s report.

The following international statistics on CSAM URLs have been confirmed:

  • More than 4.6 million reports of child abuse material were linked to India last year.
  • More than 2 million reports were linked to both Pakistan and the Philippines.
  • Multiple other countries had more than a million reports.

To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt, or production of CSAM or child pornography, file a claim on NCMEC’s website via www.cybertipline.com.

You may also call 1-800-843-5678 to report an instance of child sexual abuse content. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.

If you have an emergency that requires an immediate law enforcement response, please call 911 or contact your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department.

Fresno Man Arrested With Over 1,000 Child Pornography Tapes

Last May, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) posted a blog detailing a Fresno, California, man who was on felony child pornography charges. During the arrest, authorities reportedly came across one of the largest collections of child pornography they’d ever witnessed during their time in law enforcement.

Michael Martin, 55, was issued a search warrant, and when authorities entered his home they discovered a closet filled with more than 1,000 DVDs. Part of that discovery included videos of children being raped. One DVD case was labeled “Sex Slaves of Sodom,” according to the Fresno Bee.

The massive child pornography video collection was stacked from the floor to the ceiling, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives also reportedly seized electronic devices and books containing explicit photos and video.

Martin was booked at Fresno County Jail on possession of child pornography. His bail was set at $40,000, and he posted bond shortly after booking. He has since been released from custody.
According to the sheriff’s office, detectives have not developed any information indicating Martin had any physical contact with children.

Sexual Predators and CSAM/Child Pornography

Sexual Predators and CSAM/Child Pornography
A study of convicted internet sexual offenders published in the Psychology, Crime & Law journal reported that individuals spent more than eleven hours per week viewing pornographic images of children online.

Another study compared two groups of sex offenders:

  • Those convicted of internet collection and distribution of child pornography images
  • Those who committed real life child sex abuse

The results confirmed that a majority of those who were convicted of only internet-based offenses also had committed real life sexual abuse of children. Additionally, the study found that real life offenders had committed an average of over 13 different child sex abuse offenses, regardless of whether or not they had formally been convicted of any real life incident.

Another study examined the beliefs of three groups:

  • Real life “contact-only” child sex offenders
  • Internet-only child sex offenders
  • Mixed offenders (contact and internet)

While all groups were more likely to minimize the gravity of their offenses, the internet-only group was more likely than the contact-only group to think that children could make their own decisions on sexual involvement, and to believe that some children actually wanted (even “eagerly wanted,” according to the study) to engage in sexual activity with an adult.

A separate study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that “significant proportions” of various types of rapists and molesters had used hard-core pornography during their adolescence.

The statistical breakdown was as follows:

  • 33% of heterosexual child molesters
  • 39% of homosexual child molesters
  • 33% of rapists

Current use of hard-core pornography was even greater for those groups:

  • 67% of heterosexual child molesters
  • 67% of homosexual child molesters
  • 83% of rapists (contrasted with 29 percent of non-offending pornography viewers)

About a third of sex offenders reported using pornography as a deliberate stimulus to commit their sexual offenses, according to the study published in the Journal of Sex Research.

California AB 218 and Justice for Childhood Sexual Abuse

For all childhood sex crimes, the California statute of limitations is temporarily paused under Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). AB 218, which took effect on January 1, 2020, tolls (pauses) the statute of limitations on any childhood sex crime – regardless of how long ago the incident occurred – through the end of 2022.

In other words, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse or assault may currently file civil claims/lawsuits seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. As of January 1, 2023, however, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.

Furthermore, California AB 218 includes a treble damages award clause which gives the courts latitude to triple financial settlements or verdicts in cases where a cover-up is proven. For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that malfeasance was able to be proven in court, a $1 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $3 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included in the legislation in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups, often over the course of several decades. Such cover-ups in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church have impacted countless innocent survivors, but AB 218 offers all victims an opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.

Filing a Los Angeles, California, Childhood Sexual Abuse Claim

California childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of childhood sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.

Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a California childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

Although children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred under AB 218, the statute of limitations is different for adult survivors of sexual violence.

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Additionally, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Contact the Best California Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today

DLG is a leading California-based sex crimes firm representing survivors across the United States. DLG offers survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

Led by Sam Dordulian, DLG’s experienced childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

Contact our top-rated team of expert sexual abuse attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your childhood sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our childhood sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.