New Law - AB 218 - Extends Time to Sue for Childhood Sexual Assault Victims

On January 1, 2020, California Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1 was amended to give childhood sexual assault victims additional time to file a civil lawsuit for recovery against their abusers and any responsible entities, such as churches, schools, youth sports leagues and others.  Previously, the victims had to file their lawsuits by the time that they reached 26 years old. 

Under the new law victims of childhood sexual assault have until they are 40 years old, or within 5 years of the discovery of the abuse to file a civil lawsuit.  The law also provides a three-year lookback window for revival of any claims that would have otherwise expired because of the statute of limitations.  That means that it allows victims of all ages, three years to bring claims that would have been otherwise barred by the statute of limitations.  It is important for victims of any age to act right away to consult with a lawyer to go after their predators and responsible entities. 

Hicks Law Firm is experienced in handling these types of cases.  If you or someone that you know is a victim of childhood sexual assault, we would encourage you to contact us right away for a free consultation.  We look forward to helping you obtain justice.

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