California Clergy Abuse Lawyers

We are handling Catholic clergy abuse cases throughout California and nationwide. In December 2018, the San Bernardino California Archdiocese released the names of 34 Catholic priests who had been accused of engaging in child sex abuse. The Archdiocese priests have been sexually abusing victims for decades. The Archdiocese states they have “credible allegations“ of abuse involving these priests dating back to 1978. However, only 24 of those priests have ever been reported to the police. Subsequent reports name more than 80 clergy members dating back to the 1950s. We are outraged by the Archdiocese’s behavior.

The Archdiocese’s disclosures were in response to the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report which listed extensive sexual abuse committed by clergy.

Lawsuits In Child Sex Abuse And Clergy Abuse Cases

The number of victims of abuse by church officials, priests, deacons, and pastors is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Clergy sexual abuse survivors are entitled to compensation for the egregious acts perpetrated on them. By suing churches and other institutions, we bring justice to those who have been hurt.

We charge a contingency fee to our clients. This means we collect a fee only after we obtain a recovery. If we do not obtain a recovery you owe us nothing for our time, expenses, costs or fees. Our consultations are confidential. Everything is in the strictest confidence. We never disclose anything to third parties. We will tell you whether you have a case. We are also able to file cases anonymously, thus allowing you to retain your privacy.

We represent clergy abuse survivors in all 50 states. While our firm is located in California, we have the resources necessary to actively litigate there cases throughout the United States.

Is the California Attorney General’s Office Helping Abuse Victims?

The short answer is no. There are some reports that suggest that the California Attorney General office is investigating the Catholic Church regarding child sexual abuse allegations. Not true, the California Attorney General‘s office recently announced that they are merely gathering information regarding sexual misconduct by certain clergy members. Nonetheless, the California Attorney General’s office has not commented whether they are pursuing any such investigation.

Regardless of whether the California Attorney Generals Office acts on such information, abuse survivors and their loved ones should know the California Attorney General‘s office is not representing individuals in suits against the Catholic Church or any clergy. The California Attorney General represents the people at large.

Nadrich & Cohen represents abuse survivors and their family against the church. We do this on a contingency basis which means No Cost to You.

Statute of Limitations For Making Clergy Abuse Claim In California

Many people are aware that there are time limits in which to file a lawsuit. However, people should be aware that the law governing these time limits in clergy sex abuse cases have become complicated. There are many different provisions depending on the facts and circumstances of a specific case. Plus another state’s time limit for filing a clergy abuse may be different as well. As such, each case requires an individual analysis to determine whether there is still time to sue. If you believe you have a claim please call us today so we can analyze your situation.

In October 2018, Calif. Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1619 into law. This bill gives victims of clergy sexual abuse additional time to file their sexual abuse claims. The New York State Legislature is currently contemplating a law which would also provide additional time limits for clergy victims. Contact us today for an expert analysis of how much time you have to file a claim.

Statute of Limitations For Making Clergy Abuse Claim In California

Most people are aware that there are limits on the time in which a lawsuit may be filed. However, people should be aware that the law governing the statute of limitations in clergy sex abuse cases is complicated, and has many different provisions, depending on the facts and circumstances of a specific case. Each state’s statute of limitations is different. As such, each case requires an individual analysis to determine whether the time has run.

Additionally, the law in California and many other states is in flux. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 131, which would modify the current statute of limitations. However, in October of 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1619 into law. This bill gives victims of sexual abuse an extended timeframe for filing sexual abuse claims.

New York’s State Clergy Cases

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the “NY Child Victims Act” on February 14, 2019. This act now allows physical and psychologic injury claims to proceed in court for those under 55 years old by using a “look-back” provision in the Act. It allows them to bring a clergy abuse lawsuit when they could not bring such a suit before. There is a six-month window from the enactment date during which no suits can be brought. After the six month window, all Statute of Limitation and Notice of Claim defenses are void. Suits can be filed for one year from August 14, 2019, to August 14, 2020. We will be aggressively pursuing claims against all clergy and churches throughout New York State. We have had prior successful resolutions with religious institutions and schools for sexual abuse.

Financial Recovery We Seek For Our Clients

Many people come to our office unsure about what type of compensation may be available to them. This is completely understandable. After all, most abuse coverage by a church official focuses on the actions of the clergy, not a recovery for the victim. We are all about helping the victim. In a case involving clergy sexual abuse, our victims are compensated for the following:

• Pain and suffering (probably the most important)
• Lost earnings
• Medical treatment
• Therapy
• Any Disability they suffered
• Cost of any Rehabilitation that is needed
• Compensation for family members

Prior Church Related Settlements

Previously, the Catholic Church paid the following settlements:

$13 million settlement, Los Angeles Archdiocese
$100 million settlement, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, with an agreement to open their files for an independent review by a judge, and a personal apology
$198 million settlement, Roman Catholic Diocese San Diego

The Benefits of Filing A Lawsuit Against the Church

Many people think lawsuits are just about money. They are actually much more than that. A lawsuit may possibly result in institutional changes within the Church. It can expose dangerous practices, such as wrongfully transferring the perpetrator from one parish to the next. It can lead to uncovering additional, ongoing abuse by identifying perpetrators and potential perpetrators. It can hold responsible and demand accountability from those in the church who maintained a code of silence, thus allowing the abuse to continue. Finally, lawsuits allow for creative solutions to meet the needs of survivors. In past lawsuits, the church has agreed to change how they investigate allegations of sexual abuse, issued personal apologies, and have open their records for third-party review.

In every sex abuse case filed against the church, the goal is threefold: holding the church accountable for past behavior, protecting those who otherwise may also fall victim to abuse and obtaining the maximum compensation possible for our clients.

Where are we located?

We have multiple offices and over 30 meeting locations throughout California. Click here to view a list of our meeting locations.

How We Charge

Our law firm works on a contingency basis. This means you won’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for our services. We only collect a fee if we obtain a recovery. We advance all the costs and expenses and are repaid only if we obtain a recovery. If we do not obtain a recovery you owe us nothing – no matter what.

How To Contact Us

Request A Free Confidential Consultation Now – It’s Quick and Easy

Call now at 1-800-718-4658 to speak with a qualified specialist about your claim. Your call will be held in the strictest confidence. We will not disclose to any third party any information you tell us.

You can also email us by completing the “Do I Have A Claim” form on the right or call us today at 1-800-718-4658.