Child Victims Act - Time to File Extended

The Child Victims Act is a piece of New York State legislation which extended the statute of limitations for a survivor of child sexual abuse to bring a lawsuit against those responsible in New York.

Prior to the Child Victims Act becoming law, the previous statute of limitations required victims who suffered sexual abuse as a child to file a lawsuit by their 23rd year of age. Due to the passage of the Child Victims Act in 2019, the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse has been greatly expanded. Now, the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of a sexual offense committed against a child shall not begin to run until the child turns 23 years of age or the offense is reported to law enforcement, whichever occurs earlier. In the context of civil litigation, which is the area of law our attorneys focus on, the Child Victims Act provides that a civil action for conduct constituting a sexual offense against a child shall be brought on or before the child turns 55 years of age.

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Due to he Coronavirus, the Courts and the practice of law offices have been significantly interrupted.  Dur to this, in May of 2020, the New York State Legislature has amended The Child Victims Act by extending the time for civil cases alleging child sexual abuse to be filed through August 2021, regardless of how long ago the incident is claimed to have taken place.

The lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP protect the rights of those that suffered abuse as children. Our attorneys are currently reviewing and evaluating cases to be commenced under the Child Victims Act. A consultation with our lawyers would be completely free of charge. The only fee we ever charge is a contingency fee, which is a percentage of the proceeds from a successful recovery by way of a settlement, verdict or judgment.

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