You may be eligible to file a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church if you were abused by a clergy member. Survivors of sexual abuse may be eligible to pursue compensation related to medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other financial damages caused. It takes great courage to come forward and take action to hold abusers accountable for their wrongdoings, and our firm is prepared to help survivors of abuse.
You May Be Able To File a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against the Catholic Church
Anyone abused by priests, nuns, teachers, clergy members, or other employees of the Catholic Church has a right to hold those responsible for their abuse accountable. Many survivors have kept silent because they worry they will not be believed. Some people think they do not have any evidence to prove they were abused—especially if many years have passed.
However, it is important to know that our team believes you and evidence of institutional abuse can come from many sources. For example, there could be church records showing awareness of how dangerous some of their church leaders were. There could also be evidence that the church covered up abuse by failing to investigate reports from survivors. A clergy sexual abuse lawyer from our firm can collect any available evidence that may be available.
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You Could Recover Damages By Filing a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
You could file a lawsuit to recover damages if you faced clergy sexual abuse. In some cases, survivors are able to recover economic and non-economic damages.
A lawyer can help you calculate the total value of your case. We can determine the cost of your economic damages by looking at any medical bills or receipts you have related to the abuse. Compensation could help you cover the cost of:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, medications, and the cost of traveling to appointments
- The income you lost if you took time away from work to recover
- Therapy expenses if you need mental or physical counseling
You can also pursue non-economic damages to pay for the intangible losses you suffered. You could recover compensation for damages such as:
- The physical pain and suffering you endured
- Mental and emotional anguish for issues such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment of life if you no longer participate in activities you used to enjoy
Your attorney will listen to the details of your case so they understand how the abuse affected you. They can prepare a case that lists all the damages you suffered to help you fight for a fair settlement.
You Must File Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit on Time
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse will need to file their lawsuits within a certain amount of time. Each state outlines the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies by state, so it’s important to be aware of the filing deadline that applies where you live.
Generally, if your lawsuit is not filed on time, then you could miss your opportunity to recover compensation. Working with a clergy sexual abuse attorney could benefit you, as they can explain which filing deadline applies to your case. We recommend you get started on your case as early as you can. This gives your legal team enough time to investigate and gather evidence to support your lawsuit.
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How a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Build Your Case
When you are ready to take action in your clergy sexual abuse case, a lawyer from our firm can help you. We will work on your case by:
- Gathering evidence to support your lawsuit
- Completing all case paperwork and submitting it on time
- Handling settlement negotiations
- Communicating with all parties involved in your case so you don’t have to
- Representing you in court, if necessary
If you or a loved one suffered abuse by a member of the Catholic Church, we are here to help.
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Contact Jenner Law for Help With Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
For over thirty years, the lawyers at Jenner Law have worked tirelessly to support survivors of sexual abuse. While we provide vigorous legal representation in the courtroom, what makes us different is our compassion and commitment to our clients and the support, protection, and guidance we will provide you.
Helping you along your journey to justice is something we deeply care about. To learn more about how we can support you, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.