Many decades ago, some children who were abused or neglected by their parents or incarcerated were placed at the former Youth Development Center (YDC) in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, residents of the state-run facility experienced different kinds of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and terrible living conditions from employees at the facility.
Recently, the State of New Hampshire set aside $100 million to settle claims filed by individuals who were allegedly sexually or physically abused while at the YDC. However, just like many other civil claims, there is a time limit for filing your YDC sexual abuse claim. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. Failure to file your claims within the specified period may cause the case to be rejected.
Understanding Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations can be described as a deadline for filing a lawsuit or claim. In a civil or sexual abuse case, the statute of limitations sets forth a specific time limit – deadline or maximum time – after an incident where the victim or claimant can bring legal action. In most sexual assault civil cases, the statute of limitations begins from the date the incident occurred. However, in some circumstances, the time limit to file a civil action or lawsuit against the perpetrator may be extended.
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Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Claims
In New Hampshire, the statutes of limitations for sexual assault claims often vary, depending on whether the victim is a minor (below 18 years) or an adult. Generally, adults who suffer sexual abuse must file a civil action to recover damages within three years from the date of the incident. Conversely, minors who are sexual abuse victims will have up to 12 years of the victim’s 18th birthday to file a civil action.
To be eligible to receive financial compensation for your sexual abuse injuries, you must file a civil suit against the perpetrator within the required statute of limitations. If you miss the deadline for filing or try to bring your claims after the deadline has expired, the New Hampshire court may reject your claim. Due to this, you will forfeit your rights to recover financial compensation from the perpetrator.
Statute of Limitations for YDC Sexual Abuse Claim
In the YDC Settlement Process, all claims must be filed between January 1st, 2023 and December 31st, 2024. Only claims filed before the deadline would be accepted and reviewed. In addition, plaintiffs must file their claims with the Administrator of the Office of the YDC Claims and Settlement Fund.
What’s more, the YDC sexual abuse claim can be filed or submitted through e-mail, mail, fax, or delivered by hand at the required addresses. Most importantly, ensure that you file your YDC sexual abuse claim as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help gather the required evidence and necessary documentation and help file your sexual abuse claims.
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