Should I Give a Recorded Statement About My Car Accident to the Insurance Company?

Should You Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Claims Adjuster After an Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, or Uber/Lyft accident, you’re likely enduring a number of struggles. Whether it’s the burden of mounting hospital or medical bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, or even daily pain and suffering, auto accidents can cause a number of figurative headaches for injured victims.

Should You Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Claims Adjuster After an Accident?

How To Deal with a Car Insurance Adjuster

If your car accident was due to another person’s negligence, you are likely entitled to financial compensation for the various losses sustained as a result. But ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for a car accident injury claim is not always straightforward. In fact, because insurance companies are in business to make money and therefore reduce personal injury claims – even those that are entirely valid – it’s important that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Let’s take a look at what you should do after a car, truck, motorcycle, or Uber/Lyft accident injury, discuss whether giving a recorded statement to an auto insurance claims adjuster is advisable, review what types of damages may be recoverable through a civil claim, and include information on how to set up a free consultation with an experienced lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.

Should I Give a Recorded or Official Statement About My Car Accident to an Insurance Claims Adjuster?

The short answer to this question is an unconditional “no.” After a car accident, despite the pain, suffering, and inconvenience you’re likely experiencing, the insurance company will no doubt pressure you to provide a recorded statement in the hope that you will agree to a fast (and lowball) cash settlement. But providing a recorded statement after your car accident injury exposes you to a number of pitfalls.

One of the most important steps to take after a car accident injury involves never admitting fault or liability. Even if your car accident occurred through no fault of your own, speaking to an insurance claims adjuster without an attorney present exposes you to inadvertently making incriminating or inaccurate statements. That’s why it’s advisable to only ever speak to an insurance company claims adjuster after a car accident while under the advisement of an experienced and proven personal injury attorney.

Insurance claims adjusters can be manipulative, and this can be particularly damaging to your case for financial compensation if you speak to a representative while in a vulnerable state after an accident. As stated earlier, the insurance companies are in business to make money.

Accordingly, giving a recorded statement opens you up to multiple adverse outcomes:

  • Potentially admitting liability (whether valid or not) which can be used against you in court or during the settlement negotiations process
  • Potentially agreeing to an unfair cash settlement offer which does not reflect the total monetary sum to which you are entitled

As a result, accepting a lowball settlement offer for your car accident injury claim may prevent you from making a complete recovery that includes your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

What Should I Do When the Insurance Company Calls Me After a Car Accident Injury?

Shortly after your car accident injury, you can expect to receive a call from an insurance claims adjuster. What does an insurance claims adjuster do? Let’s take a look.

Insurance claims adjusters have a number of responsibilities which can include:

  • Reviewing your policy to determine if your accident claim is covered
  • Investigating, evaluating, and resolving auto accident claims
  • Determining appropriate financial compensation (cash settlement amount) for personal injury claims
  • Negotiating “fair” settlements with injured victims and their respective attorneys
  • Making sure that all personal injury claims are valid and transparent
  • Investigating reports from claimants’/plaintiffs’ doctors and employers to screen for fraud

In a nutshell, all of the above can be summarized into one objective: ensuring your claim is minimized regardless of the extent or severity of your injuries.

Therefore, the car accident lawyers at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) strongly encourage all injured victims to never provide any sort of statement to the insurance company claims adjuster without having a legal representative present. If you receive a call from a claims adjuster after your car accident and have yet to secure legal representation, it’s best to simply (and politely) let the representative know that you are unavailable, but will return the call together with your attorney as soon as possible.

This can have multiple benefits to your claim’s value:

  • Firstly, it lets the insurance company know that you won’t be taken advantage of, as you’ll have a car accident lawyer fighting in your corner to protect your rights.
  • Secondly, it alerts them to the fact that they are going to have to take your claim seriously, and therefore can’t simply rush you into a quick and lowball settlement.

What Tactics Do Auto Insurance Adjusters Use to Minimize Car Accident Claims Payouts?

What Tactics Do Auto Insurance Adjusters Use to Minimize Car Accident Claims Payouts?

Insurance companies are known to use a number of tactics that can, unfortunately, have adverse effects on the overall amount of an injured victim’s financial damages award. Some of the more common tactics used by auto insurance claims adjusters to reduce payouts include:

  • Pressuring You Into a Quick Settlement: Insurance companies might try to force you into accepting a quick cash settlement before you’ve had time to properly assess the full extent of your injuries. While this can be understandably enticing, as you’re likely in need of financial assistance after a car accident injury, it’s never advisable.

When you receive a call from an insurance claims adjuster, a standard offer might include, “We’ll cover all of your medical bills and add an additional $1,000 for your pain and suffering.” But is that actually a fair offer given the fact that you may be out of work for an extended period of time, might have suffered emotional trauma, and may have long-term medical care needs? In a word: no.

Unfortunately, many injured victims actually accept this type of offer and sign a release because they feel they have no other options and are desperate for financial help. But while a quick cash settlement from the insurance company may sound like a fair offer on the surface, you need to consider the long-term effects.

For example, what happens if you develop health complications from your car accident injuries a few months after the incident? If you don’t have an attorney and you signed a release, you may be out of luck. Many states, including California, allow for releases to be constructed with binding language that makes it almost impossible to recover any additional damages that you might not have foreseen at the time. Sadly, in such cases, victims can be responsible for hundreds of thousands (and in cases of catastrophic injuries, even millions) of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Discouraging You From Seeking Medical Treatment: One of the most important steps to take after a car (including Uber/Lyft), truck, or motorcycle accident injury includes seeking immediate medical attention. In fact, by not getting the medical care you need immediately after an auto accident injury, you could jeopardize your claim. Accordingly, auto insurance adjusters may actually discourage you from seeking medical treatment under the pretense that it’s “not covered,” and could cause financial hardship. But they can then use that very instruction against car accident victims who comply.

Insurance adjusters might even encourage you to delay medical treatment until they:

  • Are able to “confirm liability”
  • Are able to “approve coverage”

Moreover, insurance claims adjusters may insinuate that you, despite not being liable for a car accident injury, will be responsible for the ensuing medical care costs. They may tell you they need to “gather more information,” and that you should wait to undergo certain treatments until further notice (regardless of the impact to your health).

But if you take that advice offered by the insurance company adjuster and delay medical care, they can use that decision against you by presenting the following argument/rebuttal to any civil lawsuit seeking damages:

  • If you were really injured, why did you wait so long to see a doctor?

Unfortunately, the car accident lawyers at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) see all-too-many victims fall for this tactic every day. Sadly, the negative consequences can be overwhelming in terms of the diminished payout for things like lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Furthermore, injured victims can actually end up putting their health at risk in the process, and to compound matters, they’re then left “holding the bag” when the insurance company denies their claims for following the very advice they provided.

However, if you have an experienced DLG Los Angeles, California, personal injury attorney fighting in your corner, you can rest easy knowing that your rights are protected. We will get you the best medical care available, and because we work on a contingency fee basis, you’ll never have to worry about the costs involved in terms of upfront or out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Using Your Own Words as Evidence Against You: When an insurance adjuster contacts you after a car accident, he or she may seem quite friendly and sympathetic (perhaps overly so). The adjuster may ask you how you’re feeling and then innocently request that you provide a recorded statement about how the accident happened and what events transpired.

The problem is that these trained professionals know how to frame questions so that the answers favor them and not you. The moment you go “on record,” any information you provide can automatically be used against you to reduce the payout or influence the claim in favor of the insurance company. And after making a statement on the record, it can be extremely difficult to undo any negative effects that may result (which is, in nearly all cases, the ultimate objective of the insurance company).

What Damages May be Recovered in a Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Injury Claim?

After suffering an injury in a car accident due to another’s negligence, you’re likely going through a great deal of pain, suffering, and trauma. Accordingly, you deserve to be fairly compensated for various financial losses. When negligence or carelessness leads to a Los Angeles, California, car accident injury, it’s important that the at-fault party be held responsible for any ensuing expenses.

What sorts of damages may be recovered through a car accident injury civil claim?

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Medical care expenses
  • Hospital bills
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

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.

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

In fact, we’ve helped injured car accident victims like you secure more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts while maintaining an impressive 98% success record.

Want to learn more about how hiring an experienced DLG Los Angeles, California, car accident injury lawyer can be advantageous to your case? Visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.

Free Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Consultation

Contact a car accident lawyer from DLG’s Personal Injury Division today for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation at 818-322-4056. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means that we don’t charge a penny until we’ve successfully recovered maximum financial compensation for your car accident injury claim.

How Can I Recover Financial Compensation for a Personal Injury Claim?

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

When you’re injured in a Los Angeles, California, accident – whether a car crash, slip and fall, dog bite, etc. – your road to recovery can require financial compensation for various damages, such as hospital or medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. After an accident due to negligence that leads to an injury, you may be wondering where to turn (and if you have a valid claim for a civil lawsuit).

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Below we will review everything you need to know about what a California personal injury lawsuit entails, look at how the litigation process works, outline what types of financial damages may be recovered, and provide information on how to arrange for a free and no obligation consultation with an experienced and trusted lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.

What is a California Personal Injury Civil Lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is a claim often filed after accidents due to negligence or carelessness – such as car crashes, dog bites, premises liability incidents (slip/trip and falls), wrongful deaths, and sexual assaults. When you file a personal injury civil lawsuit, you’re notifying the defendant (at-fault party) of your intention to recover financial compensation for your injuries and any losses. Initially, with the help of an experienced attorney, this step often takes the form of a demand letter rather than a formal claim.

If the defendant fails to respond to the demand letter or rejects the notice, your lawyer will proceed with a formal claim for damages. A formal claim or personal injury lawsuit officially notifies the court of your intent, as an injured victim, to recover financial compensation for damages.

In a formal personal injury claim, your attorney will present the facts of your case through a compelling argument that outlines what happened, how negligence was involved, and why you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.

When a formal personal injury civil claim is filed with the assistance of an experienced Los Angeles-area attorney, the at-fault party (or defendant) is legally required to respond. Failing to respond to such a formal complaint will cause the court to automatically issue a judgment in your favor. Defendants typically contest personal injury claims, but in some cases an immediate cash settlement can be reached.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The main aspect that determines whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim is negligence. If another driver injured you in a car accident due to his or her negligence, you may have a valid claim for financial compensation. Moreover, if a pet owner failed to keep his dog from attacking you, you may have a valid personal injury claim.

When negligence or carelessness on the part of either an individual or entity causes an accident leading to injury, the victim deserves to be appropriately compensated (or made “whole”).

There are typically four elements that need to be met in a valid personal injury civil lawsuit:

  • The at-fault party or defendant owed you a “duty of care
  • The at-fault party or defendant breached that duty of care
  • Said breach caused your injury (or injuries)
  • Those injuries which resulted from a breached duty of care/negligence led to financial damages/losses

What Steps Should I Take After an Accident Injury?

At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience fighting to recover maximum financial compensation for victims like you.

Dordulian has more than 100 jury trial victories and, together with the DLG team, has helped injured victims secure more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts.

When you’re injured in an accident, our Personal Injury Division of attorneys recommends that you take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention immediately: Your health and well-being should be the first priority after any type of accident – whether a car crash, dog bite, slip and fall, etc. Furthermore, obtaining an immediate medical exam ensures that your injuries are properly documented. This is a key aspect of personal injury lawsuits, and those victims who receive medical care often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.
  • Gather any evidence: If possible, taking videos, pictures, etc. of the accident scene can be useful in an eventual civil lawsuit. However, it’s important to remember not to ever overlook step number one (seeking medical attention) in an effort to gather such evidence.
  • File an official police report: It’s always a good idea to make an official report with your local law enforcement agency after an accident that was caused by negligence. Establishing an official record of the incident can be helpful when attempting to recover maximum financial compensation.
  • Contact an experienced and proven lawyer: Having an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer fighting in you corner can be a wise and beneficial decision after an accident. But choosing the best attorney who will protect your interests is paramount, and experience and past results should always be considered.

Why Should I Hire a DLG Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident?

Hiring a DLG personal injury lawyer to handle your accident claim can be in your overall best interest for a number of reasons. Our attorneys have vast jury trial experience, which means that if a maximum financial damages award can’t be obtained through a settlement, we’re always ready to take your case to trial and win on your behalf before a jury. And hiring the best personal injury lawyer can help ensure you secure the compensation you need to make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.

Personal injury victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims. 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.

Reaching out to a member of the DLG personal injury team for a free consultation will ensure you have a full understanding of the legal process. During your free California personal injury consultation, a DLG lawyer will:

  • Review the facts of your case and determine whether negligence was involved
  • Discuss all available legal options for your personal injury claim
  • Provide an estimate for how long your personal injury lawsuit might take to settle
  • Provide an estimate for how much your personal injury claim/lawsuit may be worth

With DLG, your accident injury consultation is always 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 accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims?

Most California personal injury claims are bound to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you typically have two years from the date of an accident to file a claim seeking to recover financial compensation.

However, it’s important to note that some claims – such as those filed against government or public entities – may have a much shorter deadline (sometimes only six months).

Accordingly, DLG’s personal injury lawyers recommend that victims file their claims as soon as possible to ensure evidence it preserved and the chance of recovering maximum financial compensation is greater.

What Damages are Recoverable in a Personal Injury Claim?

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

Common California Personal Injury Accident Economic Damages:

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

Common California Personal Injury Accident 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

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

Free Los Angeles, California, Personal Injury Lawyer Consultation

Contact a DLG personal injury lawyer today at 818-322-4056 to arrange for a free consultation.

Don’t miss the deadline for filing your personal injury lawsuit – whether a car crash, truck accident, slip and fall, motorcycle wreck, or dog bite. Personal injury victims who fail to file claims within the standard two-year statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek much-needed financial compensation for damages.

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

When you’re in need of justice after an accident injury due to someone else’s negligence, our team of trusted, dedicated, and proven Los Angeles attorneys is here for you 24/7.

‘Donkey Kong Defense’ Cited in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Civil Trial

What is the 'Donkey Kong Defense' in the Bill Cosby Sex Abuse Trial?

Approximately one year ago, Bill Cosby was freed from prison on a procedural issue after being found guilty by a jury on criminal sexual assault charges. This week, the entertainer formerly known as America’s Dad is involved in a Los Angeles sexual assault civil suit filed by Judy Huth, 64.

What is the ‘Donkey Kong Defense’ in the Bill Cosby Sex Abuse Trial?

Huth alleges Cosby, 84, sexually assaulted her during a visit to the Playboy Mansion in 1975. At the time, she was 16.

Huth’s high school friend, Donna Samuelson, who accompanied her to the mansion, was the first witness to testify when the trial began last week.

“She said ‘I want to go, I wanna leave,’ she was crying,” Samuelson stated during testimony, adding that she was initially angry with Huth because she has been “looking forward to spending the rest of the afternoon and evening at the mansion,” according to USA TODAY.

She said Bill Cosby had tried to have sex with her,” Samuelson said.

According to Samuelson’s testimony, the incident occurred while she was in a game room and Huth was with Cosby in an adjacent bedroom. Huth alleges Cosby forced her to perform a sex act.

Cosby has denied all allegations.

What is the Donkey Kong Defense in the Bill Cosby Trial?

Much of the media attention surrounding the latest Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has focused on the “Donkey Kong defense.

“Huth told Samuelson that in a bedroom off a game room on the mansion grounds where the three had been hanging out and playing pool and arcade games, Cosby had tried to put his hand down her tight pants, then exposed himself, forcing Huth to touch him sexually, testified Samuelson, who had been distracted playing a game and was oblivious to what had happened,” according to a USA TODAY report.

In a 2014 police interview and 2016 deposition in Huth’s sexual assault case against Cosby, Samuelson reportedly testified that the video game she had been playing at the time of the alleged incident was Donkey Kong.

But Cosby’s defense attorneys have highlighted the fact that the game was released six years after 1975, when the alleged sexual assault occurred.

“You testified multiple times that you were playing Donkey Kong,” Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, told Samuelson.

“If I did I did,” Samuelson responded. “I understand it wasn’t around yet.”

Bonjean proceeded to play a clip from the 2016 deposition, in which Samuelson referred to the game several times.

When asked to explain the discrepancy, Samuelson reportedly testified:

I got the name wrong. I just kept saying that because it was a game. It could have been Atari.

Samuelson also said she was playing the game when Cosby “came up behind her and put his hands on her shoulders before she shook them off,” according to USA TODAY.

Will the Donkey Kong Defense Impact the Outcome of the Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial?

In his opening statement, Huth’s attorney acknowledged that they would be hearing “the Donkey Kong defense” from Cosby’s legal team.

So she got the name wrong,” attorney Nathan Goldberg said, “so what?

But Bonjean “embraced the term” in her opening statement, according to USA TODAY, claiming that Huth’s similar prior statements regarding Donkey Kong together with Samuelson’s were evidence that the two women coordinated a false story against Cosby.

This is about a plan hatched by Judy Huth and her estranged friend Donna Samuelson based on some photos,” lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said. “You will learn Judy Huth has been trying to cash in on these photos for decades.”

The current sexual assault civil trial in a Santa Monica, California, court is one of the last claims against Cosby following his criminal conviction being overturned on appeal. Cosby’s insurer, AIG, has already settled several sexual assault civil lawsuits against his will.

Cosby is not attending the trial, according to an NBC News report, and will not testify. Portions of a video deposition he gave shortly after the 2014 lawsuit was filed by Huth will be played, NBC News said.

Huth’s Testimony Alleges Cosby Forced Himself on Her as a Teen

In the complaint, Huth alleges Cosby placed his hands down her pants and then forced her to fondle him. Her lawyers have told the court that the alleged incident caused her to endure depression and anxiety, and that despite a happy childhood, the assault “derailed her” life, according to a New York Times report. Huth reportedly didn’t earn her high school diploma until she was 60.

During her testimony, Huth said Cosby kept pursuing her despite telling him that she was “15 or 16” years old. She also claims to have told Cosby that she was on her menstrual cycle – even though she was not – in hopes that he would stop, NBC News reported.

“He forced himself on me,” Huth said. “I was shocked to say the least.”

“I was trying to deflect,” she said. “But he didn’t stop. I just closed my eyes. … It was so fast. Maybe five minutes. Quick.”

After the alleged incident, Huth said Cosby walked out the room before she ultimately followed him to the grotto area of the Playboy Mansion, where they took a photo together. Said photo was shown in court. As Huth looked at the photo during testimony, she reportedly said she felt “mad, duped, and foolish.”

“I felt let down. I was hurt,” Huth said.

The photo, featuring Cosby wearing a red beanie and smiling next to the teenage Huth, has reportedly been shown to jurors several times throughout the trial.

In addition to the “Donkey Kong defense,” Cosby’s lawyers have attempted to undermine Huth’s credibility, noting that her recollection of when the alleged sexual assault incident took place has changed.

While she initially said it had happened in 1974, when she was 15, she more recently concluded it was in 1975, when she was 16. The law in California classified a 16-year-old as a minor. In disputing Ms. Huth’s account, Mr. Cosby’s lawyers have suggested they met years after the time she said they did, when she was no longer a minor,” the New York Times reported.

Prosecutors ultimately declined to file criminal charges against Bill Cosby when Ms. Huth first went to police in 2014, citing the statute of limitations having lapsed.

What is the Statute of Limitations for California Childhood Sexual Assault Claims?

Whether Huth was 15 or 16 at the time of the alleged sexual assault by Bill Cosby, she is classified as a minor under California law.

Accordingly, Huth is able to bring a civil claim against Cosby under California AB 218, a new law allowing any survivor of childhood sexual abuse the opportunity to pursue justice for past crimes.

Under California AB 218, the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes is tolled (paused). For a limited time, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse in California are eligible to file civil lawsuits in pursuit of financial compensation against either a perpetrating individual or entity.

However, the three-year lookback window (also known as a revival window) afforded to survivors under AB 218 expires on December 31, 2022. After that time, many survivors of childhood sexual abuse – particularly those who endured crimes many years ago and did not officially file civil claims – will be left without legal recourse.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) recommends that all survivors of childhood sexual abuse come forward as soon as possible and file claims before the three-year lookback window closes.

How Can I File an AB 218 Child Sex Crime Civil Lawsuit?

Filing a childhood sex crime civil lawsuit is a choice that can only be made by the survivor or, if the victim is still a minor, the survivor’s family. When a survivor comes forward with a civil claim, there are possible factors that may be viewed as beneficial when compared to criminal lawsuits.

Such benefits may include:

  • Possibility of remaining anonymous
  • Sexual history off limits without court order
  • Most civil claims are settled privately and out-of-court
  • Potential to secure maximum financial compensation
  • Obtain justice on your own terms

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s dedicated team of sexual assault lawyers will fight to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your child sexual abuse case.

DLG’s SAJE Team Offers Survivors Four Tiers of Support

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 (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts).

The SAJE Team provides sexual assault survivors with all-encompassing support, including victim advocates, an in-house clinical therapist, a retired LAPD sex crimes detective, and a former sex crimes prosecutor with more than 100 jury trial victories.

Contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056 to learn more about your options for obtaining justice available through a civil lawsuit.

Can You Lose Your California Driver’s License Because of Vision Problems?

Can You Lose Your California Driver's License Because of Vision Problems?

Low-vision conditions affect a significant number of U.S. adults. As the American Federation for the Blind reports, findings from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data release established that an estimated 32.2 million adult Americans (or about 13% of the total adult population) reported they either “have trouble” seeing (even when wearing glasses or contact lenses) or that they are “blind or unable to see at all.”

Can You Lose Your California Driver’s License Because of Vision Problems?

How do low-vision conditions impact your ability to either apply for or keep a California driver’s license? In the sections below, we’ll review what California’s Vehicle Code stipulates, look at how the Department of Motor Vehicles addresses vision problems among applicants, and discuss how to file a civil lawsuit for damages if you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles-area car accident.

Can I Get a California Driver’s License if I Have a Vision Condition?

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the answer to the above question is “it depends.

Depending on the severity, functional impairment, and stability of the condition, DMV may take different actions when receiving a report of a driver with a visual impairment,” the California DMV says.

What is the California DMV Screening Standard for Driver’s License Applicants?

The California DMV’s vision screening standard is the ability to see 20/40 with both eyes together (with or without corrective lenses). Drivers who fail the vision screening are referred to a vision specialist who must then examine the driver and complete a Report of Vision Examination (DL 62) form (and said form must be submitted to the DMV).

The DMV “Report of Vision Examination” DL 62 provides the following information:

  • What is the vision condition causing the reduced vision?
  • What is the best corrected and uncorrected vision on the Snellen eye chart?
  • What is the severity of the individual’s vision condition? Is it getting worse? Is it stable?
  • Does the vision condition affect one or both eyes?
  • How is the individual’s side vision affected?
  • Can glasses, contact lenses, or surgery correct the vision condition?
  • When was the last vision examination? Are glasses or contact lenses up to date?
  • Has the individual received a bioptic telescope? If so, what is the vision through the bioptic?
  • Has the eye doctor given other advice concerning driving with the vision condition?

After submitting a completed DL 62 form, you may be scheduled for:

  • A driving test
  • A Supplemental Driving Performance Evaluation (SPDE)

Both of the above are conducted to determine whether or not the vision condition impairs your ability to drive (and whether you, as a driver, can adequately compensate for the vision condition). If you fail the driving test and your condition is “severe and cannot be compensated for,” the DMV may deem a license revocation to be warranted.

Can the California DMV Revoke My Driver’s License Because of Vision Problems?

California Vehicle Code (CVC) §13953 states that if an examiner gives a driving test or special driving test to a low-vision driver who has performed dangerously poor and the condition renders the person unsafe to drive, the DMV can revoke the driver’s license.

“If DMV determines from the evidence that the vision condition could improve and/or the examiner believes driving skills could improve with additional training, restrictions that limit driving exposure, but allow for additional training or practice, can be imposed. Drivers who want to learn to drive or retain their driving privilege may be issued a restricted license or instruction permit for a sufficient length of time suitable to their needs,” the organization’s website confirms.

That said, it should be noted that the California DMV will typically only revoke a driver’s license in an instance where a low-vision condition like cataracts or macular degeneration impacts said driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

In fact, drivers with low-vision conditions may still be able to operate a vehicle safely and maintain their licenses through medical treatment, restrictions on night driving, and/or successful completion of a driver’s safety course.

Is My Doctor Required to Report My Low-Vision Condition to the DMV?

Medical professionals are required to report low-vision conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration to the California DMV. However, most license revocations are due to a number of other scenarios:

  • Failure of a vision test when applying or seeking to renew a driver’s license
  • Self-reporting a condition
  • Third-party reporting of a condition (by a concerned friend, family member, etc.)
  • Law enforcement notifying the DMV
  • A judge or attorney notifying the DMV (typically after the driver causes an accident)

If the DMV learns of your low-vision condition, it’s important to remember that your license will not necessarily be suspended or revoked unless you pose an “immediate danger.

Additionally, if the DMV suspends or revokes your driver’s license due to a low-vision condition, you always have the right to appeal the decision (and you can be represented by an attorney at your own expense).

Common Low-Vision Conditions that Can Impact One’s Ability to Drive

Some common low-vision conditions include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Stargardt’s Disease
  • Albinism
  • Nystagmus

In addition, a California DMV test will determine a driver’s visual acuity in the following areas:

  • Peripheral vision
  • Night vision
  • Glare resistance
  • Glare recovery
  • Judgement of distance
  • Eye movement
  • Visual perception

Injured in a Los Angeles Car Accident? You May be Entitled to Cash Compensation

If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident due to another’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover significant financial compensation for various losses. When negligence or carelessness leads to a Los Angeles, California, car accident injury, it’s important that the at-fault party be held financially responsible for any ensuing expenses, such as medical care costs, lost wages, and more.

Examples of damages that may be recovered through a car accident injury civil claim include:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Medical care expenses
  • Hospital bills
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Hiring a Dordulian Law Group (DLG) car accident 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 Los Angeles, 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.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Lawyer

Hiring a DLG car accident lawyer to handle your injury claim can be a wise decision from a financial standpoint. Data confirms that car accident victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.

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

  • 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.

Injured California car accident victims are encouraged to always consult with an experienced, trusted, and proven attorney before:

  • Speaking to the at-fault party or his/her insurance carrier
  • Making any official statement regarding your intersection car accident injury
  • Signing any official or legal documents
  • Accepting any type of settlement offer from an at-fault party or representative

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

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 intersection car accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.

Contact DLG today at 818-322-4056 for a free case evaluation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ensuring that the insurance company or at-fault party does not take advantage of your rights after a car accident injury – whether due to low-vision driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, intoxicated driving, or another type of negligence.

DLG’s car accident injury lawyers have helped victims like you recover more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record. Our dedicated team offers injured victims peace of mind through our unparalleled experience and proven results.

And with DLG’s experienced car accident lawyers, our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means there is never any obligation or upfront costs to worry about, and we are here to answer any questions you may have 24/7.

La Laz del Mundo Megachurch Leader Naasón Joaquín García Convicted of Felony Sexual Assault Involving 3 Minors

Naasón Joaquín García, La Laz del Mundo Megachurch Leader, Convicted of Sexually Assaulting 3 Minors

The former leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was convicted on multiple felony sexual assault counts involving minors, according to a local FOX 11 Los Angeles report.

Naasón Joaquín García, 53, reportedly pleaded guilty Friday to three felony sexual assault charges:

  • Two counts of forcible oral copulation involving minors
  • One count of a lewd act upon a child who was 15 years old

Today’s conviction sends a clear message that sexual exploitation is never acceptable in California. We will hold you accountable if you break the law,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said after Garcia’s plea was announced.

“As the leader of La Luz del Mundo, Naasón Joaquín García used his power to take advantage of children. He relied on those around him to groom congregants for the purposes of sexual assault. Today’s conviction can never undo the harm, but it will help protect future generations. I am incredibly grateful to our team at the California Department of Justice for their dedication to securing justice and fighting abuse on behalf of the people of California. We will always stand with Californians against injustice,” Bonta added.

The conviction of Naasón Joaquín García comes only days before a trial which was scheduled to begin on Monday.

Garcia’s sentencing is reportedly scheduled for June 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Garcia, along with La Luz del Mundo leader Susana Medina Oaxaca, was arrested in 2019 at the Los Angeles International Airport after departing a private jet upon arrival in the U.S. The arrest was the culmination of a multiyear investigation led by the California Department of Justice which began in 2018.

Alondra Ocampo, another La Luz del Mundo leader, was also arrested separately in 2019.

Over the course of the investigation and prosecution, prosecutors demonstrated that García’s criminal conduct was enabled by the individuals surrounding him and that García used his position of trust and authority as the leader of La Luz del Mundo to sexually abuse children,” FOX 11 reported.

Oaxaca also pleaded guilty Friday, receiving a conviction of assault likely to cause great bodily injury.

In 2020, Ocampo pleaded guilty to multiple charges:

  • Three felony counts of contact with a minor for the purposes of committing a sexual offense
  • One count of forcible sexual penetration

Ocampo will be sentenced at a later date, according to FOX 11. Both García and Ocampo are currently being held in custody.

A fourth La Luz del Mundo megachurch leader, Azalea Rangel Melendez, currently remains at large.

Who is La Luz del Mundo leader Naasón Joaquín García?

Naasón Joaquín García is the self-proclaimed “apostle” of Jesus Christ. He became leader of Mexico’s La Luz del Mundo megachurch in 2014, following the death of his father.

La Luz del Mundo reportedly has a devoted congregation of 5 million followers worldwide.

García’s sex crimes against minors are believed to have occurred throughout Southern California between June 2015 and June 2019.

Timeline of the Naasón Joaquín García Sexual Assault Case

In the Spring of 2020, the California Court of Appeals ruled that the charges against Garcia – which included child rape, human trafficking, and child pornography – were to be dismissed. In essence, the Appeals Court ruled that the lower court and the attorney general’s office violated Mr. Garcia’s speedy trial due process rights by not providing him with a timely preliminary hearing.

In August 2020, however, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen found sufficient evidence to allow the case against Garcia to proceed, ordering him to stand trial on 23 criminal charges, including:

  • Forcible rape of a minor
  • Forcible oral copulation of a person under 18
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse
  • Committing a lewd act on a child
  • Extortion
  • Conspiracy
  • Possession of child pornography

That same month, Diana Callaghan, a deputy attorney general for California, indicated that sexual assault survivors had been subjected to “threats and intimidation” from La Luz del Mundo representatives. While multiple underage survivors reportedly named Garcia and his La Luz del Mundo associates in the criminal trial, authorities noted in 2020 that they believed numerous additional victims had yet to come forward.

In October 2020, the extortion charges against Garcia were dropped in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing insufficient evidence. However, Judge Stephen A. Marcus denied a motion by Garcia’s defense attorneys to dismiss the case against their client entirely, leaving in place multiple charges (including human trafficking, forcible rape of a minor, and possession of child pornography).

Will Naasón Joaquín García’s Conviction Impact Civil Claims Against Him and the Church?

In California, sexual assault civil claims may be filed regardless of whether or not any criminal charges are brought or handed down. However, in the case of Naasón Joaquín García, his guilty plea may help the countless survivors with pending civil lawsuits against him and the church obtain the justice they deserve.

As Dordulian Law Group’s founder and former sex crimes prosecutor, Sam Dordulian, notes, Garcia’s guilty plea and conviction will likely be a point of focus for attorneys such as himself who are representing survivors in ongoing civil lawsuits.

We’ve always felt that our cases against Garcia on behalf of survivors were strong, with merit, and would lead to successful outcomes. But I think hearing of his guilty plea and conviction will only further embolden survivors with pending lawsuits and potentially, hopefully, inspire additional victims to come forward and report past abuse,” Dordulian said after the conviction was announced.

Can Survivors of Naasón Joaquín García Sexual Abuse File Lawsuits?

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is currently representing survivors of Garcia in two separate cases, pursuing justice and maximum financial compensation on their behalf.

If you were sexually abused by Naasón Joaquín García or another La Luz del Mundo leader, our SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts) is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about filing a civil claim for damages.

We are here to provide you with support and, if you wish to move forward, expert legal representation in a civil lawsuit against Garcia and La Luz del Mundo.

Survivors who choose DLG receive four-tiered SAJE Team representation featuring:

  • In-house accredited victim advocates
  • An in-house licensed clinical therapist
  • A retired LAPD sex crimes detective serving as in-house Chief Investigator
  • A team of experienced and proven sexual abuse lawyers led by former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County Sam Dordulian

How Long Do I Have to File a California Adult Sexual Assault Lawsuit?

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. In addition, 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).

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 through the end of the year. 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.

What is California AB 218’s Treble Damages Clause?

California AB 218 includes 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 (e.g. the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church). Despite rampant sexual abuse at a systemic level in many major American organizations, AB 218 currently offers all survivors an opportunity at justice.

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

Free Naasón Joaquín García/La Laz del Mundo Sexual Abuse Lawyer Consultation

DLG is a proven California-based firm with decades of experience successfully handling childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault claims. We represent survivors throughout California as well as across the United States and have helped countless clients secure maximum financial damages awards.

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your Naasón Joaquín García/La Laz del Mundo sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

DLG’s sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record. When you’re ready to pursue justice for a past sexual assault on your own terms, we’re here to fight as your dedicated legal advocates.

Can I Drive in California with an Out-of-State License?

Is it Legal to Drive in California with an Out-of-State Driver's License?

California is the most populous state in the nation, with nearly 40 million residents. With the Golden State’s many tourist attractions, it’s also a frequent destination for travelers.

But what does the law say about driving in California with an out-of-state license? In the sections below, we will look at how the Vehicle Code impacts those who drive California’s roads and highways with a license issued by another state.

For Visiting Drivers With Out-of-State Licenses

As a visitor from out-of-state, you may legally drive in the Golden State without a California license. However, you must have a current and valid license from the state in which you reside permanently, and that license must be applicable to the type of vehicle you are operating.

In other words, as a visitor, you may legally drive in California with a license from another state that is:

  • Valid and current
  • Applicable to the vehicle (car, truck, etc.) you are operating

That said, there are certain age restrictions to keep in mind when driving in California with an out-of-state license.

For Out-of-State Drivers Under the Age of 18

If you are under the age of 18, California law stipulates that you may drive for a maximum of 10 days from the time that you enter the state. However, that time limit does not apply to a driver under the age of 18 who:

  • Has a valid driver’s license issued by his or her state
  • Possesses a nonresident minor’s certificate issued by the California DMV
  • Possesses the aforementioned certificate from the California DMV and has filed proof of financial responsibility

For Drivers Who Move to California and Become Residents

If you recently moved to the Golden State and wish to operate a motor vehicle, state law mandates that you apply for a license from the DMV:

  • Within 10 days of becoming a California resident

However, if driving in California is part of your employment duties (e.g. as a delivery driver for Uber/Lyft/DoorDash, etc.), you are legally required to apply for a license immediately. This does not pertain, however, to driving to and from work – only to employment that specifically involves operating a motor vehicle as part of the primary duties.

Failing to apply for a California driver’s license from the state DMV can lead to a charge of “driving without a license” under the state’s Vehicle Code.

Who is Considered a California Resident for Driver’s License Purposes?

Technically, you are considered a resident of California when you move to the state and intend to stay for longer than 10 days.

However, this can be a somewhat grey area and open to interpretation when visiting California for extended periods of time. But the law is strictly applied in certain circumstances, such as:

  • You are paying tuition as a resident of the state
  • You registered to vote in the state
  • You filed for homeowner’s property tax exemption
  • You obtained any type of privilege otherwise not extended to nonresidents of the state (like state-run health insurance, etc.)

What if I Get Into a Car Accident Without a Valid Driver’s License?

Driving without a license can lead to prosecution (although this usually involves a non-criminal or misdemeanor charge).

Under California’s comparative fault law, however, when a car accident occurs, what’s most important is actually who was liable for the crash (and whether or not the at-fault driver has the required insurance minimums).

What are California’s Car Insurance Minimums?

California drivers are required to carry the following auto insurance coverage:

Minimum Bodily Injury Liability Limits:

  • $15,000 for the death or injury of any one person. If one person is injured in the accident, your coverage pays up to $15,000.
  • A total of $30,000 for the death or injury of more than one person in any one accident. If two or more people are injured, the coverage pays up to $30,000. The coverage will not pay more. The injured people share the money.
  • This coverage applies to injuries that you cause to someone else.

Minimum Property Damage Liability Limits:

  • $5,000 for damage to the property of other people.
  • This pays for damage you cause to someone else’s car, or to objects and structures that your car hits.

California drivers may wish to purchase uninsured motorist coverage in addition to the standard minimum policy requirements listed above. For information on California uninsured motorist coverage, please visit our recent blog.

What if I’m Injured in a Car Accident While Driving Without a License?

Although driving without a valid driver’s license is against the law (and never recommended), if you’re an unlicensed driver who is injured in a car accident as a result of another’s negligence, you may still be able to recover financial compensation through a civil lawsuit.

The most important aspect of a car accident case is proving fault, which means that even if you were unlicensed at the time of the crash, the other driver’s negligence which caused your injuries will likely entitle you to financial compensation for certain damages, such as:

  • Hospital or medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
  • Emotional or psychological trauma
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life

Schedule an appointment online for a free consultation today, or call us directly to speak to our top-rated, expert car accident attorneys.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence – regardless of whether you had a valid California license at the time of the incident – the team of experienced and proven personal injury lawyers at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will work tirelessly to recover maximum financial compensation for your claim.

DLG’s California car accident attorneys have more than 25 years of experience fighting to protect the rights of personal injury victims. We’ve helped injured clients secure more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts, and we’ll never settle for anything less than maximum financial compensation for your car accident injury claim.

Contact a car accident lawyer today for a free and confidential consultation at 818-322-4056.

Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Release ‘Secret’ List of Accused Sex Abusers

Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Release 'Secret' List of Accused Sex Abusers

Southern Baptist Church leaders have released a once-secret list containing hundreds of pastors and church workers who have been accused of sexual abuse, according to an NBC News report.

Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Release ‘Secret’ List of Accused Sex Abusers

The 205-page Southern Baptist list includes hundreds of entries from alleged cases dating back to 2000 and up to 2019. The release of the list comes in the wake of a damning 288-page investigative report detailing repeated inaction on the part of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee members despite countless allegations of sexual abuse over multiple decades.

“The probe found that the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee had mishandled abuse claims and stonewalled survivors. The investigation was requested by the executive committee after it faced growing pressure for an external probe into abuse allegations,” NBC News reported.

The New York Times reported that the list of accused sex abusers “does not represent a complete tally of Southern Baptist offenders.” However, Gene Besen, interim counsel for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, reportedly said that the list was released as quickly as possible in an effort to support survivors.

“Promptly releasing that list is in our best interest, it’s important, it is of immediate concern to the public and to the survivor community, and we need to do it right away,” Besen told the committee.

A statement published on the Southern Baptist Church’s website noted that the list was being released “for the first time as an initial, but important, step towards addressing the scourge of sexual abuse.

Each entry in this list reminds us of the devastation and destruction brought about by sexual abuse,” the statement said.

“Our prayer is that the survivors of these heinous acts find hope and healing, and that churches will utilize this list proactively to protect and care for the most vulnerable among us,” the statement added.

A hotline maintained by Guidepost Solutions, the consulting firm that conducted the investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse against the Southern Baptist Church, has been opened for survivors or their loved ones to report allegations.

Survivors may access resources through Guidepost via 202-864-5578 or SBChotline@guidepostsolutions.com.

The firm told NBC News that callers will be provided with support options and connected with advocates.

Guidepost also told NBC that the hotline was created as a “stopgap measure for survivors” until an SBC annual meeting in Anaheim, California, in June can “pass even more meaningful reforms.”

Full List of Accused Southern Baptist Church Sexual Abusers

The full list containing 703 names of accused Southern Baptist pastors and church workers is available here.

What is a Southern Baptist Church Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit?

Sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses endured by survivors of the Southern Baptist Church. Certain compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim, such as:

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

Free Southern Baptist Church Sexual Abuse Lawyer Consultation

Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) sexual abuse lawyers are dedicated to fighting aggressively on behalf of all survivors to secure any applicable financial damages and successfully obtain maximum settlements or verdicts for their claims.

For sexual abuse claims involving minors, many states have implemented revival windows similar to California’s AB 218, which currently allows any survivor of a childhood sex crime the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation through the end of 2022.

For a complete listing of state revival windows, please visit our recent blog.

About Dordulian Law Group’s Sexual Abuse Lawyers

DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. As a premier sexual abuse firm serving survivors across the nation, DLG offers a unique four-tiered representation structure known as the SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts).

DLG’s SAJE Team includes:

  • In-house accredited victim advocates
  • In-house licensed clinical therapist
  • In-house former LAPD sex crimes detective
  • Dedicated and experienced sex abuse lawyers

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s dedicated and aggressive advocacy on behalf of sexual abuse survivors is evident through our proven results. For a free and confidential consultation regarding your sexual abuse lawsuit, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

Our team of sexual abuse lawyers have secured more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for survivors while maintaining a 98% success record. When you’re ready to pursue justice on your own terms following a sexual abuse incident, we’re here to fight tirelessly as your dedicated legal advocates.

Full list of offenders

Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, vehicle safety has changed “drastically” over the years, with today’s cars being safer than ever before.

Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

Thanks to advanced engineering, in-depth research, and analysis of crash data, newer vehicles are built better and have more safety features to protect you. Advanced technologies that have emerged in recent years give you even more safety options – you can choose what features are best to keep you and your family safe on the road,” the NHTSA notes.

What are the Safest Cars on the Road in 2022?

U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of the Top 14 Safest Cars on the Road for 2022. Their findings were determined based on which models received the highest safety scores. Safety scores are determined based on multiple factors, including:

  • Crash test results from leading safety agencies (including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • The number of collision-avoidance features a vehicle has

Top 14 Safest Cars on the Road in 2022:

  1. Nissan Maxima: $37,840 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.1/10
  2. Genesis G80: $48,250 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  3. Toyota Camry: $25,395 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  4. Mazda 3: $21,150 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.6/10
  5. Honda Accord: $26,120 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.9/10
  6. Hyundai Ioniq: $23,600 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: N/A
  7. Volvo S90: $52,850 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: N/A
  8. Lexus RC: $43,545 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 7.4
  9. Acura TLX: $38,500 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 7.9/10
  10. Subaru Legacy: $22,995 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.1/10
  11. Honda Insight: $25,760 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.4/10
  12. BMW 5 Series: $54,200 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  13. Genesis G90: $74,950 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.6/10
  14. Honda Civic: $22,350 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.7/10

A recent report featured via Business Insider further notes that a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests drivers are significantly more likely to die in crashes involving small cars rather than a large cars.

Smaller vehicles offer less protection for the driver in crashes, and their lighter mass means that they take the brunt of collisions with larger vehicles,” Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president of vehicle research, said via a press release.

The IIHS study also suggests:

  • 15 of the 20 cars from the 2017 model year with the highest driver death rates were either small cars or minicars.
  • Most of the safest models, when it comes to driver death rate, were luxury SUVs and large SUVs.
  • Some of the least safe models included:
    • Ford Fiesta
    • Nissan Versa Note
    • Fiat 500

However, as the Business Insider report noted, fatality data provided by the IIHS study is “imperfect.

The organization doesn’t take into account driving speed, road quality, or the distance one drives in a given day. However, when the IIHS ran the study again and accounted for mileage data, the results were similar – vehicle size remained a major factor, but death rates increased for sports cars and luxury cars, which aren’t driven much,” Business Insider said.

What are the Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022?

A report from personal finance website ValuePenguin.com outlined the Top 25 Deadliest Vehicles on the Road in the United States. The report was based on an analysis of fatal crash data that was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Through their analysis, ValuePenguin.com aimed to determine which cars, trucks, and SUVs were most likely to be involved in fatal crashes.

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022:

  1. Ford F-Series: 10,845 total fatal crashes
  2. Chevrolet Silverado: 7,718 total fatal crashes
  3. Honda Accord: 5,079 total fatal crashes
  4. Toyota Camry: 4,734 total fatal crashes
  5. Ram pickup (all models): 5,897 total fatal crashes
  6. Honda Civic: 4,397 total fatal crashes
  7. Toyota Corolla: 3,430 total fatal crashes
  8. Ford Explorer: 3,332 total fatal crashes
  9. Nissan Altima: 3,267 total fatal crashes
  10. GMC Sierra: 3,245 total fatal crashes
  11. Chevrolet Impala: 2,804 total fatal crashes
  12. Ford Ranger: 2,476 total fatal crashes
  13. Chevrolet Malibu: 2,345 total fatal crashes
  14. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 2,304 total fatal crashes
  15. Ford Focus: 2,256 total fatal crashes
  16. Chevrolet Tahoe: 2,113 total fatal crashes
  17. Ford Mustang: 1,963 total fatal crashes
  18. Ford Taurus: 1,913 total fatal crashes
  19. Chevrolet Gmt-400: 1,851 total fatal crashes
  20. Toyota Tacoma: 1,763 total fatal crashes
  21. Ford Escape: 1,700 total fatal crashes
  22. Nissan Sentra: 1,561 total fatal crashes
  23. Ford Fusion: 1,550 total fatal crashes
  24. Honda Cr-V: 1,526 total fatal crashes
  25. Jeep Wrangler: 1,513 total fatal crashes

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: Ford F-Series
Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Toyota Corolla

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Honda Civic

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Ram pickup

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Toyota Camry

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Honda Accord

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022 -Chevrolet Silverado

Similar to the findings from the IIHS study, ValuePenguin.com noted that cars are still involved in more crashes than any other type of passenger vehicle (despite the deadliest individual models being primarily pickup trucks and SUVs).

Additional findings include:

  • A total of 100,388 passenger cars were involved in fatal crashes over the course of the study.
  • Pickups and SUVs were involved in approximately equal numbers of fatal crashes (42,774, and 41,207, respectively).
  • Minivans were in just 11,006 fatal crashes.
  • The most commonly fatally crashed vehicle in California was the Honda Civic.

What are the Safest Cars (New and Used) for Teenage Drivers?

As we’ve noted in previous blog posts, teenage drivers are typically the most likely demographic to be involved in serious car accidents. A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) report found that drivers ages 16-17 continue to have the highest rates of crash involvement, injuries to themselves and others, and deaths of others in crashes in which they are involved.

Accordingly, let’s look at the safest new and used cars for teenage drivers.

Safest New and Used Cars for Teenage Drivers in 2022:

A report from Cars.com outlined some of the safest vehicle models for teen drivers. When considering which models to recommend, Cars.com looked at various factors, such as:

  • For used cars, each vehicle must have earned good ratings in several IIHS crash tests – moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as four or five stars from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (if rated) and above-average reliability scores from Consumer Reports member surveys.
  • Additionally, each used car must offer a standard electronic stability system and have a dry braking distance of fewer than 145 feet from 60 mph to be included on the list.
  • For new cars, the vehicle had to be rated a 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick (or Top Safety Plus Pick).
  • Additionally, each new car must offer a standard vehicle-to-vehicle automatic emergency braking and average or better scores in Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings.
  • Finally, new vehicles must have earned top scores in handling and dry braking tests, (and all new vehicles with above-average insurance claims were excluded).

The list of Safest Used Cars for Teens was as follows:

Best Choices:

Small Cars:

  • Ford C-Max Hybrid (2014-15)
  • Mazda3 sedan or hatchback (2014 or newer)
  • Chevrolet Volt (2014)
  • Subaru Impreza sedan or wagon (2015, 2018-20)
  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback (2019 or newer)
  • Honda Insight (2019 or newer)
  • Subaru Crosstrek (2018 or newer)

Mid-Size Cars:

  • Subaru Legacy (2013 or newer; built after August 2012)
  • Subaru Outback (2013 or newer; built after August 2012)
  • Volkswagen Passat (2015, 2017)
  • Mazda6 (2014-19)
  • Toyota Prius v (2015-17)
  • Lincoln MKZ (2015 or newer)
  • Volvo S60 (2018)
  • Audi A6 (2016-19)

Large Cars:

  • Toyota Avalon (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Genesis (2016)
  • Small SUVs
  • Mazda CX-5 (2014 or newer; built after October 2013)
  • Honda CR-V (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Kona (2018, 2021)
  • Mazda CX-3 (2019)
  • Volvo XC60 (2017)

Mid-Size SUVs:

  • Ford Edge (2015, 2020; built after May 2015)
  • Nissan Murano (2015 or newer)
  • Chevrolet Equinox (2017)
  • GMC Terrain (2017)
  • Lexus NX (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (2017-19; built after March 2016)
  • Toyota Highlander (2014 or newer)

Minivans:

  • Toyota Sienna (2015-18)
  • Kia Sedona (2017)
  • Honda Odyssey (2017, 2020 or newer)

The list of Safest New Cars for Teens was as follows:

Best Choices:

Small Cars:

  • Mazda3 sedan or hatchback
  • Honda Insight

Mid-Size Cars:

  • Subaru Legacy
  • Kia K5
  • Subaru Outback
  • Lexus IS

Small SUVs:

  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Buick Encore GX (Essence trim)
  • Toyota RAV4 (XLE, XLE Premium, SE, XSE, Adventure, Limited or TRD trims)
  • Honda CR-V (Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L, Touring or Hybrid Touring trims)
  • Lexus UX (with triple-beam LED headlamps with auto-leveling)

Mid-Size SUVs:

  • Hyundai Santa Fe (built after July 2021)
  • Hyundai Palisade
  • Nissan Murano
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Toyota Highlander

Minivans:

  • Honda Odyssey

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  • Hospital or medical expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
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New York Adult Survivors Act Eliminates Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations for 1 Year

New York Adult Survivors Act Eliminates Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations for 1 Year

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) into law last week. The New York ASA sets aside the statute of limitations and gives adult sexual assault survivors – individuals over the age of 18 at the time of incidents – a limited one-year lookback window to file civil lawsuits for financial compensation. The one-year window will officially take effect six months from the date of the bill’s signing.

New York gives adult sex abuse survivors another chance to sue

Beginning on November 24, 2022, survivors of adult sexual assault will be able to file claims for one year, regardless of how long ago the crimes occurred.

To those who thought they got away with horrific crimes they committed, I just have one message: Your time is up. Your victims will see you in court and you will be brought to justice,” Governor Hochul told reporters at a press conference last week.

The Adult Survivors Act mirrors New York’s Child Victims Act (CVA), which opened a lookback window for childhood sexual abuse survivors in August 2019. The window closed in August 2021, with more than 10,600 New York child sexual abuse lawsuits being filed during that time, according to a CNN report.

Both the New York Adult Survivors Act and the state’s Child Victims Act are similar to California’s AB 218 (Assembly Bill 218), which began in 2020 and offers survivors of childhood sex crimes a limited three-year lookback window to file civil lawsuits through the end of 2022.

But as Governor Hochul noted at a press conference, the CVA failed to consider a large number of valid sexual assault claims from adults.

It forgot a lot of people,” Hochul said during a bill-signing ceremony at the state Capitol. “What about the people who were adults when they experienced this trauma? We didn’t do enough to protect those individuals, until today.”

Both lawmakers and advocates hailed the passage of the New York ASA as an opportunity for survivors of sexual assault to obtain often long overdue justice. “The new law is intended to help survivors who have kept sexual abuse secret for years beyond the statute of limitations out of shame and fear,” a CNN report said.

“It’s not possible to show up fully in the world when you are hiding your truth to make space for your abuser’s lie, so this is a watershed moment,” Drew Dixon, a sexual abuse survivor and advocate, said in a statement which referenced the new law, according to CNN.

The ASA will empower survivors to have their stories heard, scrutinized, and at long last, acknowledged,” Dixon added.

In 2019, New York extended the statute of limitations for adults filing civil claims for certain sex crimes to 20 years. The legislation, however, only applies to new cases, thereby barring most claims for crimes which occurred outside of the standard three-year statute of limitations for adult sexual assaults. The ASA is intended to offer adult sexual assault survivors whose incidents occurred outside of the normal statute of limitations a limited one-year window to file claims.

“For many survivors, it takes years to come to terms with the abuses committed against them, let alone to summon the courage to come forward to report the abuse, to confront a boss or a trusted co-worker or family member in a protracted court fight,” New York State Senator, Brad Hoylman, a sponsor of the bill, said.

How the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) Impacts Employers and Institutions

The ASA’s broad application allows adult sexual assault survivors an opportunity to file claims against individuals as well as institutions or employers that would have otherwise been liable had the claims been brought within the traditional statute of limitations. As multiple media outlets have noted, the ASA will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for institutions and employers.

“As a result [of the ASA’s broad application], in cases where the sexual abuse occurred in the workplace or was associated with the employment relationship, employers may be named as defendants in the lawsuits. The far-reaching implications of this employer/institutional liability have been demonstrated where employers and institutions were confronted with single plaintiff and class action lawsuits that resulted in substantial settlements and even caused some organizations to file for bankruptcy. Given the breadth of the New York Human Rights Law and the resulting potential liability on employers for conduct of their employees, institutions and employers throughout New York will undoubtedly be named as defendants, as individual defendants do not always have the means to satisfy settlements and/or judgments. Practically speaking, the Child Victims Act did not have this result as the child victims, given their age, were not employed at the time of their victimization,” a report from Forbes noted.

A report from JD Supra, entitled “Employers Face New Litigation Exposure Under Adult Survivors Act,” echoed the posting from Forbes.

“The ASA revives any claims that a victim suffered physical, psychological, or other injuries as a result of sexual offenses under Article 130 of the Penal Law or as a result of incest… Like the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) enacted in 2019, the ASA is likely to increase the number of claims filed against those accused of sexual abuse. We anticipate a new round of lawsuits alleging negligence claims against employers, churches, schools, and municipalities based upon hiring, supervision, and retention of the alleged perpetrators,” the JD Supra report said.

What is a Sexual Assault Revival Window?

What is a Sexual Assault Revival Window?

In an effort to allow more survivors of sexual assault their opportunity at justice through civil lawsuits, many states have enacted temporary revival windows similar to California AB 218 and the New York Adult Survivors Act. Revival windows represent the limited amount of time survivors have to file claims outside of the standard statute of limitations, no matter when crimes occurred.

Some states have enacted legislation aimed at childhood sex crimes, while others have passed expanded bills that include adult survivors. For a full list of state sexual assault and abuse revival windows, please visit our recent blog.

What is the New York Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes?

In New York, the statutes of limitations create different deadlines for adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse whose crimes occurred before 2019 (at which time the new 20-year statute of limitations for certain sex crimes took effect). Moreover, the New York statute of limitations differs depending on whether the survivor wishes to file a criminal or civil complaint.

If you wish to file a sexual assault claim in New York criminal court, the statute of limitations allows two years for misdemeanors and five years for felonies. For civil claims against a sexual perpetrator (individual or institution), the deadline to file is generally three years.

In other words, New York adult sexual assault survivors whose crimes occurred before 2019 are still bound to the traditional statute of limitations. However, those survivors impacted by crimes occurring before 2019 now have a limited one-year window to file claims seeking financial compensation under the Adult Survivors Act (ASA).

Will the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) Lead to Increased Lawsuits?

As noted above, many media outlets are predicting that a wave of adult sexual assault claims will be filed under the New York ASA, particularly against employers and institutions. However, as former sex crimes prosecutor and founder of Dordulian Law Group, Sam Dordulian, notes, some adult survivors of sexual assault may be leery of filing lawsuits given that defendants will likely claim consent was given (an issue not applicable to child sex crime claims).

What we’ve seen with California AB 218 is that some childhood survivors are initially hesitant to come forward and revisit past trauma which may have occurred decades ago. With adult survivors and the New York ASA passage, I think the issue of consent will be the main hurdle for individuals to overcome on a personal level, but that should absolutely not deter them from pursuing justice for past sex crimes,” Dordulian said.

But as Dordulian also notes, the #MeToo Movement as well as the number of survivors throughout the nation who have already secured justice through revival windows like the New York ASA will likely ensure that the bill proves to be beneficial for countless claimants.

“The very fact that the New York ASA was signed into law is an indication of a changing landscape. Most survivors of past sex crimes rightfully believe that they deserve justice and are no longer willing to accept anything less. As more and more claims are successfully filed, I think we’ll see an increased number of adult survivors coming forward. And I think it’s also important for survivors to realize that when they come forward and report past crimes, it can positively impact others around the country. The more successful the New York ASA proves to be, the more likely other states will adopt similar legislation,” Dordulian said.

How Can I File a New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) Lawsuit?

Although the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) one-year lookback window officially takes effect on November 24, 2022, victims can begin preparing claims against individuals, employers, or institutions immediately.

Civil lawsuits can be a means of recovering financial compensation for various damages, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological harm
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Hospital or medical expenses
  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Punitive damages

To file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation under the New York ASA, contact a sexual assault lawyer at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) today for a free consultation via 818-322-4056.

How Do I Know if I’m Eligible to File a Lawsuit Under the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA)?

The New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) is a limited opportunity for all victims of sexual assault to file civil claims, no matter how long ago the crimes occurred. If you are a survivor of sexual assault which occurred in the state of New York when you were at least 18 years old, you may file a claim against your perpetrator (whether an individual, employer, or institution) from now through November of 2023.

The New York ASA is an unprecedented opportunity for adult survivors of sexual assault to obtain justice for past harm, regardless of whether or not those crimes occurred outside of the standard statute of limitations.

However, survivors are encouraged to file claims as soon as possible given the limited one-year lookback window. New York adult sexual assault survivors who do not file ASA claims before the November 2023 deadline will likely be barred from any future legal recourse.

Contact a New York Adult Sexual Assault Survivors Act (ASA) Lawyer Today

DLG is a leading 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 (Sexual Assault Justice Experts).

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s SAJE Team is comprised of:

  1. Experienced and accredited in-house victim advocates
  2. An in-house licensed clinical therapist
  3. A retired LAPD sex crimes detective
  4. Dedicated sexual assault lawyers who have helped countless survivors secure justice through maximum financial damages awards

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

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.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) sexual assault civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

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

When you’re ready to take the first step towards obtaining justice on your own terms under the New York ASA, we’re here to fight aggressively on your behalf.

Temecula Dance Instructor Pleads Guilty to Lewd Acts With Students; Sentencing Scheduled

Temecula Dance Instructor Who Pleaded Guilty to Sex Crimes With Minors to be Sentenced

A former dance instructor at a Temecula, California, studio pleaded guilty to lewd acts with students last month. Eric Eustacio Saradpon, 43, entered guilty pleas on three counts involving minor victims associated with his work as a dance teacher from 2007 to 2019 at Temecula Dance Company, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office confirmed in a Wednesday news release.

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Saradpon is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, according to a local KTLA report.

According to the criminal complaint, the former dance instructor pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • One count of participating in an act of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18
  • Two counts of committing a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body and certain parts of a child who is 14 and 15 years old

Five survivors – all minors – were reportedly named in the complaint, according to the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.

“As one of the dance teachers, Saradpon was entrusted with the health, safety, and emotional well-being of the minors at the studio and when in dance competitions across the country,” the DA’s Office said. “Instead, he engaged in a pattern of grooming, seducing, and molesting his victims.”

Arrest of Dance Instructor Eric Eustacio Saradpon

On October 12, 2020, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Saradpon’s residence – on the 39000 block of Sundance Circle – in connection to a “lewd acts with minors investigation,” according to KTLA.

The sheriff’s department confirmed that they seized several “evidence items” at the location.

Furthermore, the sheriff’s department confirmed that in November 2020, Saradpon was arrested while at the dance studio – located at 28404 Felix Valdez Avenue – on suspicion of felony crimes.

Said crimes reportedly included:

  • Sodomy by force
  • Lewd acts with children

At the time of the arrest, Ed Morel, who owns Temecula Dance Company with his wife, reportedly told KTLA that Saradpon worked at the studio for approximately 15 years and had passed a background check.

My wife and I have owned this business for 30 years. We’ve had thousands of kids come through here,” Morel said to KTLA. “Anybody who puts any of our kids in danger is not welcome here.

Morel reportedly “cut ties” with Saradpon immediately after detectives informed him about the allegations.

Former Student of Saradpon Recounts Sleepovers With Students

Following the 2020 arrest of Saradpon, KTLA reported that a 13-year-old former student confirmed that the dance instructor would have students spend the night at his home.

The fact that he has boys sleepover at his house, which are like 13 years old … It was just weird to me,” the student, identified only as Brendan, said to KTLA.

Brendan’s mother reportedly removed him from the dance school after the allegations were made public.

You see the behaviors of him with the students and you know it’s not normal. But nobody questions it,” his mom said to KTLA at the time.

How Can I File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for Damages?

How Can I File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for Damages?

Sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be filed in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses endured by survivors. Certain compensatory damages may be pursued through a civil claim, such as:

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

Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) 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 Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

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).

For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the statute of limitations has been extended under recent legislation.

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.

California AB 218 Treble Damages Clause

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.

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 Abuse Lawyer Today

DLG is a leading California-based sexual 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 (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts).

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s SAJE Team is comprised of two 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.

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

Some of our recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

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