Child Victims Act to Be Signed Today

Attorneys suggest filing claims ASAP

Tom Puckett
February 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the Child Victims Act is expected to be signed into law Thursday, attorneys are recommending victims who haven't filed a claim to do so as soon as possible.

"Once the Child Victims Act is signed, there is a limited one year window beyond age 54 to be filed, and there's a six month grace period before that. It's not a lot of time in the eyes of the law," says Mitchell Garabedian. "It's very important victims understand there are deadlines to be met."

Local attorney Barry Covert says the Child Victims Act plays important roles for victims. "Because it gives a one year window that begins six months after the law's enacted, anyone can bring the lawsuit against abusers or people who negligently allowed the abuse to occur," says Covert. "After that, you have to be 55 or younger to file a lawsuit."

Covert says it's a huge window for anyone who's been a victim to "catch up." The lookback period is vital to anyone about to turn 55, but anyone younger can wait until that time to file a claim.

 

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