Torture Victim Files Claim For Damages Against State Schools And Agencies

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2011

December 19, 2011

A 19-year-old woman from Sacramento, California, who escaped from the home of her adoptive mother where she was held against her will and tortured, has filed a claim for damages against the Sacramento County Child Protective Services and the Sacramento City Unified School District. According to The Sacramento Bee, the claim alleges that several employees of the agency and school district failed to protect the girl against the suspected abuse.

The girl was born addicted to cocaine because of her birth mother’s drug abuse problems, and she suffered beatings, burnings, and solitary confinement later in life by her adoptive mother. And yet, authority figures from teachers to case workers have been documented at their own hand as doing nothing to stop it.

One key factor may hold the case back. California State law requires a personal injury case to be filed within six months of the injury, with very few exceptions. The abuse in this case ended around two years ago, which may keep the case out of the courtroom. Prosecutors allege the woman suffered from a mental illness from the abuse know as Stockholm Syndrome, which held her back from filing the claim.

That’s why the California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers say it is important to file your claim as soon as you can after an accident occurs. If you have questions regarding a claim you need to file, we have answers.