The Death of Cesar Lalo: Historical Sexual Abuse Claims Continue

Ceasar Lalo was employed as a probation and parole officer with the province of Nova Scotia between 1971 to 1989. Lalo used his position of power over youths and children to sexually exploit them. Lalo was eventually convicted of committing sex offences against 29 youths and children between 1972 to 1989. Eventually, Lalo was imprisoned and declared a long-term offender. He was subsequently released under conditions and then passed-away on August 28, 2019. Despite the death of Lalo claims against the province of Nova Scotia can still be claimed.

Wagners has the experience required to help you navigate your historical sexual abuse claim. We understand it may take years or even decades for a victim to come forward. We are here to help you through this process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

No Time Limit on Bringing Sexual Assault Claims in Nova Scotia

In 2015, Nova Scotia adopted the Limitation of Actions Act, SNS 2014, c 35 which removed any time limitation on when a lawsuit must be filed in regard to sexual abuse. This means that historical victims of sexual abuse that are now ready to come forward can initiate lawsuits despite the fact the abuse happened years or even decades previously.

The Province of Nova Scotia can be held Liable for the Actions of Lalo

Despite the death of Lalo, victims continue to file lawsuits against the province of Nova Scotia for the abuse they suffered at the hands of Lalo. These lawsuits generally claim the province failed in their duty to protect the victims of Lalo on the basis of vicarious liability and fiduciary duty. Premier Stephen MacNeil has argued the province should not be vicariously liable for the actions of Lalo. However, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal held in one case that the province of Nova Scotia was vicariously liable for the actions of Lalo. In another case, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal suggested the province could be liable for the actions of Lalo directly via breach of fiduciary duty. This means despite the death of Lalo claims can still be pursued against the province for compensation.

Damages in Lalo Cases

Generally, lawsuits settle before they ever reach court. However, a few of the sexual abuse claims against Ceasar Lalo and the Province of Nova Scotia have made it to court. In G. (B.M.) v. Nova Scotia, the Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s assessment of pain and suffering of $125,000.00 and $500,000 for past and future loss of income. The Court of Appeal in M. (L.M.) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General) awarded $125,000 for pain and suffering, $250,000 for loss of income, and $60,000 in cost of care.

Legal Help for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

The team at Wagners knows that survivors of sexual assault find it challenging to discuss their experiences with anyone. Our professionals are compassionate, which why is you can trust them and share your experience with them. You can rely on our many years of experience to understand your legal options, ensure your assailant is brought to justice, and fight for your right to fair compensation for the injuries you suffered.

File criminal charges: The necessary investigations will be done and the accused person arrested if sufficient evidence is obtained. Your assailant could face imprisonment if proven guilty.

A civil suit: It is also possible to pursue a claim against the defendant in a civil court. A civil action might result in compensation (monetary) to help you recover from the abuse you endured and other costs such as medical expenses.

Class action lawsuit: Suppose a group of people was sexually assaulted by the same defendant? The law allows the survivors to collectively file a class action suit (claim) against the person or institution responsible for the abuse or assault.

Our experienced sexual abuse lawyers can help you gain a better understanding of the best legal option to bring your assailant to justice, depending on the circumstances of your abuse or assault case.

Compensation in sexual abuse and assault cases 

It’s beyond doubt that no amount of monetary compensation can erase the pain caused by sexual abuse and assault. But there is so much good that comes from resolving sexual assault claims successfully. The survivors can get the financial help they need to seek medical help and start rebuilding their lives. By holding your abuser or assailant accountable, you restore your dignity and encourage other people who may have endured sexual abuse to seek justice.

Once you file a sexual abuse claim, you may get compensation for the following;

  • Medical expenses
  • Psychological and emotional distress
  • Lost income or wages in case you cannot go back to work
  • Mental health therapy and counseling
  • Other monetary losses such as lost job prospects and unfinished education

There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of compensation a victim of sexual assault deserves. Some of these factors include:

  • The overall impact of the sexual assault on the victim’s ability to support themselves and generate income.
  • The kind of medical treatment they have sought or they are currently undergoing as a result of the assault.
  • The unique circumstances of their case, such as family life.

Our lawyers understand that sexual abuse and assault are terrible experiences and the victims have a huge burden that they might carry for the rest of their lives. This is why we offer legal help that these victims need to successfully handle the financial burden and start rebuilding their lives. Our primary goal is to build a strong defense and fight for your rights.

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