Sexual Abuse

Leading Sexual Abuse Lawyer Seeking Justice For Victims Of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse perpetrated by an authority figure is an appalling reality for far too many children and adolescents in California and across the country. Priests, ministers, church officials and workers, coaches, teachers, day care workers, park rangers, and other trusted adults who sexually molest children ruin lives and cause irreparable psychological damage.

The individual pedophile can be tried as a criminal, but can rarely be held financially accountable. His or her sponsoring or employing organization—the church, diocese, school, school district, or other public or corporate entity—may be liable for its failure to adequately supervise and screen the perpetrator.

For more than 25 years, trial lawyer Gary A. Kessler has represented children and adolescents sexually abused and molested by trusted authority figures. Our law firm has the resources and the professional will to thoroughly investigate, prepare, and present sexual abuse and molestation cases. We take systematic depositions from the victim and his or her psychotherapist, from psychiatric child sex abuse experts, from any witnesses, and from the perpetrator’s supervisors and organizational leaders. We seek to reveal all relevant facts and evidence, to establish psychological harm, and to demonstrate fault within the organization where appropriate.

No monetary amount can compensate for the damage that child sexual abuse causes. However, damage awards can be powerful financial incentives for schools, churches, and other organizations to screen and monitor their employees who regularly interact with children and teenagers. Adequate financial compensation can also defray the cost of long term psychotherapy and psychiatric care.

Throughout our personal injury practice, we devote our full personal attention to every case that we accept. We believe that effective representation in child sex abuse cases requires not only exceptional legal skill, but the ability to respond to psychologically damaged children and outraged parents. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a person in authority, please contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

If you or a loved one is involved in a serious or fatal sexual abuse incident:

  • Insist that a report is filed by the Police Department or Sheriff’s Department;
  • Obtain essential information (i.e., name, address, insurance information, adults name, business address of any and all persons involved in the abuse incident);
  • Photograph the visible injuries and keep copies of all documentation;
  • Shut up!  Talk to no one about the incident or your injuries other than your attorney or doctor, never to an insurance adjuster or insurance investigator.  Do not volunteer a statement to any insurance company especially one who works for the sexual predator;
  • Sign absolutely nothing without consulting a lawyer;
  • Seek medical attention immediately and keep a diary of your level of pain;
  • Keep all receipts for all medical expenses and/or funeral bills and wage loss records;
  • Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler an experienced law firm immediately to protect your rights and preserve the evidence!

Demand accountability from those responsible for the sexual abuse incident.  An adult is a person who owes your child the “highest duty of care!” Many times the insurance companies for the foster care companies (i.e., many times they are “self insured”) will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex sexual abuse case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty-five years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  Remember, cases against the churches and schools have a very short time to file the proper government claim which must be filed first, way before the actual lawsuit is filed! We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial as well as file all government claims.  Unfortunately, the reality is that most sexual abuse victims usually sustain serious/catastrophic injuries which many times results in death.  Over the past twenty years attorney Gary A Kessler has a proven successful track record demanding accountability from the responsible parties and obtaining outstanding results for his clients.

The laws regarding sexual abuse cases are complex and include many facets of the law.  It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced sexual abuse lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

The California sexual abuse attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with serious injuries associated with a sexual abuse incident.  Such incidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and sexual abuse cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention necessary to obtain a successful result for your sexual abuse case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for the trial of your case.  As in all sexual abuse and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm.  Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party.

If you have been seriously injured or a family member sustained fatal injuries involving sexual abuse, you need to contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler or another experienced law firm immediately to protect your legal rights and preserve the evidence.  Claims for damages against a public entity or governmental entity are complex and they have “strict time limitations”.  So do not delay and contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today!

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The Law Offices of Gary A. Kessler are licensed to practice in California, District of Columbia & Pennsylvania. Through local law firms with which we have associations, we are able to represent Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases across the United States. Our associations allow us to represent clients"pro hac vice", meaning "for this particular occasion". In order to effectively and efficiently represent the client in these cases, we will employ the local law firms (at no additional cost to our client) to make routine court appearances and proceedings where it is necessary to assist our clients case.