If you believe you may have a clergy sexual abuse claim based on your experiences as a child with clergy, nuns, church officials, teachers, or others in the Catholic Church, schools, or other organizations, our personal injury team is here to help. The best way to learn if you have a valid Baltimore Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer is to discuss your experience with an attorney who handles these cases.
Our attorneys can review your case and answer any frequently asked questions (FAQs) not addressed on our website during your free case consultation. You can speak to an attorney from our firm confidentially today about the legal recourse you may have.
Our Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Review Your Case
Our team offers free case reviews for those with questions or concerns about their experiences growing up in Baltimore and other nearby areas. If you believe you may have a clergy sexual abuse case, we can meet with you to discuss your experiences and legal options for a civil lawsuit.
We know coming forward to talk about the sexual abuse offenses you endured is hard. We often work with survivors who are unsure about proceeding with a case during our initial conversation. What we discuss in these meetings is completely confidential, and there is no obligation to take legal action.
However, if you decide you want to move forward with a case, our lawyer will fight for justice and fair compensation for the childhood sexual abuse you endured.
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Check the Credibly Accused Clergy Sexual Abuse List
If you believe you know your abuser’s name, you can check the list of credibly accused clergy in Maryland to see if others have made similar allegations. If the person’s name is on this list, it means there is evidence that substantiates credible allegations of abuse against them. If you do not see the person’s name on the list, it does not mean you do not have a case. In fact, your story could help validate the accusations.
This list is not short. In the spring of 2023, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General published a report based on its four-year investigation into childhood sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In this report, the Attorney General’s Office substantiated claims against 156 clergy members, nuns, teachers, and others working for the Catholic Church and programs and facilities run by the institution.
This investigation into Baltimore clergy abuse looked at more than 300 reports from survivors and interviewed dozens of additional witnesses. In all, investigators documented more than 600 instances of abuse against child victims. There are likely many more. This could include your case.
How Can a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer Help My Case?
In addition to providing a free consultation to assess your case, a clergy sexual abuse attorney will know what it takes to develop a compelling lawsuit and hold the perpetrator and institution accountable. They can help you develop and file a lawsuit against the abuser, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, or another liable party. This could include a church, school, hospital, or other Catholic-run organization.
They will manage your case on your behalf, ensuring you can focus on other things, including healing emotionally from the abuse you endured. They will also understand how these cases work and can offer advice and answers about any concerns.
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What Damages Are Available for Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors?
Many survivors understand the emotional toll of the abuse, but they do not recognize the full extent of their economic losses. We believe seeking fair compensation for both economic and non-economic costs is important. To this end, we seek compensation for our clients that include:
- Past and present medical care costs, including mental health support
- Past and present income lost because of diminished earning ability
- Past and present emotional distress, sometimes called pain and suffering
Of course, this is only one part of getting justice for our clients. We want to hold the at-fault parties accountable and ensure others do not endure the same experiences. This is the primary reason why many sexual abuse survivors choose to come forward, and we agree that it is vital to their emotional recovery. Your story could make a difference in someone else’s life.
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What Recent Changes Make It Easier for Survivors to FIle a Valid Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
The Child Victims Act of 2023 went into effect in Maryland on October 1, 2023. Under this new law, survivors of child sexual abuse have longer to pursue a civil case against their abusers and can recover more money. This significant change in sexual abuse laws means many survivors can pursue justice now, even if they previously ran out of time to sue their abuser or the institution that allowed the abuse to occur.
Some changes under The Child Victims Act of 2023 make it easier for survivors to file a valid clergy sexual abuse lawsuit. They include:
- It is easier to hold institutions and organizations where the abuse occurred accountable.
- It eliminates the statute of limitations deadline for suing based on childhood sexual abuse.
- It permits retroactive lawsuits, meaning survivors could sue even if the statute of limitations deadline had expired.
- It increases the caps on recoverable damages, including removing the cap on economic damages from private institutions, raising the cap on non-economic damages to $1.5 million, and increasing the cap on claims against government agencies to $890,000 per case.
Discuss Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Claim With Our Team for Free
You can get a free case consultation with the Jenner Law clergy abuse team today. Our Baltimore clergy sexual abuse lawyers are accepting these cases now. We can assess the strength of your case, confirm if you have a valid claim, and discuss your rights and options for a civil action.
Contact us today for your free, confidential initial consultation with our team.