Child Sexual Abuse
We represent adults who were sexually abused as children. For decades, Attorneys Robinson and Mahoney have been leaders in helping victims of childhood sexual abuse. As Fairfield Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers, we have collected millions of dollars on behalf of victims, but we have done more than that. We have listened to each of our clients with compassion. We have told their stories in courts of law. We have been their fiercest advocates.
Connecticut law generally allows a person until they reach the age of 48 to bring a claim for childhood sexual abuse. There was a change to the law in 2019 that amended the time until the age of 51 but that change was made prospectively only.
There are many examples of our leadership working as Fairfield County Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers. What are some of those?
In 1993, Attorneys Robinson and Mahoney were among the first attorneys in Connecticut to represent victims of clergy sexual abuse against the Catholic Church. Attorneys Robinson and Mahoney went on to represent as Fairfield Child Sexual Abuse lawyers dozens of other victims over the next two decades, assisting them in collecting millions of dollars in compensation.
We have had groundbreaking results. We represented Tim who, as a young boy, was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by Dr. George Reardon at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. A claim was brought against the Hospital. The Hospital denied it was responsible and offered Tim no money. We put on a several week trial. We called a variety of experts who testified as to why the Hospital was responsible and proved the damage Tim was caused. The jury awarded $2.75 million dollars to Tim. In affirming that verdict, the Connecticut Supreme Court for the first time held that when an institution, such as a hospital, has custody of a child – it must protect that child from pedophiles. Tim Doe v. St. Francis Hospital, 309 Conn. 146 (2013).
Attorneys Robinson and Mahoney successfully achieved another jury verdict in the amount of $1.2 million dollars on behalf of our client “John Doe”. John was sexually abused by his former teacher. The abuse began during the summer between eighth and ninth grade. Early on during the abuse John’s mom became suspicious that her son was being abused by the woman and told John’s therapist of her suspicions. Connecticut has a mandatory reporter law that we relied upon as Fairfield County Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers which requires people in positions of trust such as mental health care workers, teachers, clergy, and others to report childhood sexual abuse to the authorities. John’s therapist and psychiatrist violated that law by not reporting what the mom had told them, allowing the abuse to continue for an additional year.
Not only do we fight for victims of child sexual abuse in the courtroom; we also advocate for them at the State Capitol. In 2002 we testified in support of the law that increased the time for victims to bring claims until the age of 48. We also successfully lobbied the legislators. In 2019, we were appointed by the Legislature to sit as a member of the Task Force to Study Connecticut’s Statute of Limitations for Claims for Childhood Sexual Abuse. That Task Force unanimously recommended that the legislature eliminate the statute of limitations in Connecticut for childhood sexual abuse claims. We have and will work tirelessly with victims’ groups to affect change.
We have successfully brought claims against perpetrators, private and public schools, towns, hospitals, residential facilities, health care providers, teachers, and others who are responsible for allowing children to be sexually abused.
We understand the pain that childhood sexual abuse causes. It can last a lifetime. At Robinson Mahoney we are here to listen, support, and fight for victims of childhood molestation. We are ready to do that for you. Call us for more information.