This settlement acknowledges that what this child suffered was unacceptable, and that the agency failed to supervise the foster home.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 1, 2011
The child molestation victim lawyers at ESTEY BOMBERGER (http://www.childmolestationvictim.com) have obtained a $1.25 million settlement for a victim of sexual abuse who was molested by her foster parent.
The defendant in this case, whose identity also remains confidential, was the agency responsible for the supervision of the foster home where the victim was abused. Although children in the foster home reported sexual abuse to the agency, the allegations were not properly investigated and found by the staff of the institute to be unsubstantiated.
The settlement for insurance policy limits was reached about six months after a Santa Clara County jury awarded another victim abused by the same foster parent $30 million in damages. The plaintiff in that case suffered approximately three years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his foster parent. The perpetrator is currently serving a 200+ year sentence.
Unlike the victim awarded $30 million last August, who spent more than three years at the home of the perpetrator, the victim in this case spent only a few months with the abuser. Prior to the verdict last year, the institute had only offered compensation for nuisance value, and refused to acknowledge the merits of the claim.
“The foster agency let this child down,” said Stephen Estey, founding partner of ESTEY BOMBERGER, a child molestation victim attorney who represented Doe in the lawsuit. “This settlement acknowledges that what this child suffered was unacceptable, and that the agency failed to supervise the foster home.”
In the civil trial for one of the perpetrator’s other victims last August, the jury was presented evidence that the company that licensed the foster home did not do a proper background check of the parent. A simple reference check would have revealed information that certainly would have disqualified any adult from being a foster parent, including drug and alcohol abuse, threats towards others with firearms, a history of inappropriate sexual relations with a minor, physical abuse of his pregnant wife, and suicide attempts.
“Our hope is that the settlement will help this victim’s healing process as she moves forward,” Estey said. “However, this case is not just about Ms. Doe, but also about the safety and well-being of all children in the foster care system. No child deserves to be abused. Children in the foster system especially need to be protected.”
About ESTEY BOMBERGER
The child molestation victim lawyers at ESTEY BOMBERGER provide professional and effective legal representation to those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. While no amount of money can ever compensate a victim for a horrific crime like sexual abuse, our attorneys fight to see justice served for victims and to hold perpetrators and those responsible for their supervision fully accountable. Based in San Diego, the firm represents clients throughout California. For more information, visit http://www.childmolestationvictim.com or http://www.estey-bomberger.com.