Free Case Review for Parents Who Suspect Louisiana Daycare Abuse
Most daycares, after-school programs, church groups, and extracurricular activities offer a safe, positive environment for learning and socialization. Parents leave their children with these caregivers trusting that they are well taken care of, and fortunately this is usually the case. But, there are tragic exceptions to the rule.
If you believe your child was sexually abused by a daycare worker, contact our Louisiana child injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw for a free consultation. We can use our extensive knowledge and experience to advocate for your family’s rights.New Sexual Abuse Laws in Louisiana
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation on June 14, 2021, to remove deadlines on filing civil claims for child sexual abuse. Previously, the deadline for a victim to begin litigation was by age 28. Effective August 1, 2021, the new law provides a three-year look-back window for civil suits on sexual abuse claims that previously expired.
This legislation seeks to address the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse—effects that last well into adulthood. As most childhood victims of molestation wait years before reporting their abuse, the extra time allotted is much needed.
If your child was previously abused at daycare and you thought it was too late to act, there may still be time. Carabin Shaw can help you fight for justice. We offer free initial consultations for families affected by daycare sexual abuse in Louisiana.Signs of Sexual Abuse
It’s one of the most terrible crimes in existence, yet the sexual abuse of children remains far too rampant in society. According to the Kids Count Data Center, over 550 children in Louisiana suffered sexual abuse in 2018 alone—and these are just the confirmed cases.
Many parents are also disturbed to discover that less than 40% of molested children tell an adult what happened. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of the common signs of sexual abuse.
Signs of sexual abuse in children include:
- Becoming quiet or emotionally withdrawn
- Crying more often, seemingly without reason
- Bedwetting and/or nightmares (especially if they previously outgrew these)
- Talking about keeping secrets
- Frequent complaints of headaches or stomach aches with no obvious cause
- Age-inappropriate interested in sex
- Difficulty using the toilet
Signs of sexual abuse in teenagers include:
- Newfound anger or aggression
- Becoming upset at the mention of certain people or places
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Dressing differently than before
- Risky sexual behavior
- Substance abuse
- Avoiding activities they used to enjoy
If your child or teenager is showing any of these signs, contact the authorities, seek medical care, and hire an attorney. At Carabin Shaw, we can offer a free case review for parents who suspect Louisiana daycare abuse.Legal Counsel in Sexual Abuse Cases
A lawyer is essential in civil litigation for caregiver sexual abuse. Not only can they guide you through the overwhelming and confusing legal system, but they can also establish liability, estimate damages, investigate the facts of the case, and gather evidence such as witness statements and medical records.
While it is not required to hire a Louisiana child abuse attorney for a civil case, your chances of winning compensation are much lower without one. This compensation can go a long way in covering medical bills, ongoing therapy, lost wages, and other financial or emotional effects of sexual abuse.Free Case Reviews at Carabin Shaw
If you suspect that your child was sexually abused at daycare, don’t doubt your instincts. Most children display emotional and behavioral signs—including those listed above—so you may have noticed that something was “off.”
Louisiana child injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw are here to help. We can help your family pursue justice after the devastating impact of molestation by a trusted caregiver.
Contact us for a free initial consultation by calling toll-free at 800-862-1260. English and Spanish speakers are available around the clock.