Recently, the California Diocese of the Catholic church in San Bernardino released the names of 34 Catholic priests who stand accused of engaging in child sex abuse. The Catholic church says they have “credible allegations” of abuse involving these priests dating back to 1978. Only 24 of those priests, however, had been reported to police.
Nadrich & Cohen and its legal teams have represented numerous abuse victims over the last two decades. Our legal teams have successfully pursued abuse claims against the Catholic Church and other religious affiliations and parochial schools.
If you or a loved were a victim of clergy abuse, contact Nadrich and Cohen for a free and confidential consultation. We will give you a fair and honest assessment regarding the merits of your case and legal options. Again, this is 100% confidential and free of charge. Contact us now by completing the brief contact form, using the live chat or call us at 1-800-718-4658.
We are based in California, but our legal teams pursue these claims nationwide.
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. Survivors of clergy sexual abuse 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 never charge a fee for a consultation to determine whether you have a case. Additionally, our consultations are confidential. We do not discuss consultations with the church, the government, or anyone else without your permission. Cases can also be filed anonymously, thus allowing you to retain your privacy.
We represent survivors of clergy abuse in all 50 states. While our firm is located in California, we have the resources necessary to actively litigate cases throughout the United States.
Types of Compensation For Church Abuse Victims
Many people come to our office unsure about what type of compensation may be available to them. This is completely understandable. After all, most coverage of abuse by church officials focuses on the actions of the clergy, not the recovery of the victims. In a case involving clergy sexual abuse, victims can be compensated for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earnings
- Medical treatment
- Compensation for family members.
There have been prior cases against the Catholic Church which have resulted in settlements. These include:
- $13 million settlement with the Los Angeles Archdiocese
- $100 million settlement with the 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 with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
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.
The Benefit Of Making A Clergy Abuse Claim
Many people may think lawsuits are just about the money. But they are actually much more than that. A lawsuit can result in institutional changes within the church. It can expose dangerous practices, such as transferring a 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, modified their allegation review board membership, issued personal apologies, and opened their records for review.
In every sex abuse case filed against the church, the goal to hold the church accountable for past behavior and to protect others from falling victim to abuse in the future.
If you are an abuse survivor, contact Nadrich & Cohen today for a free and confidential consultation. You will not be pressured to hire us. We are available to you to listen and to provide a free case evaluation. Contact us now by calling 1-800-718-4658, using the live chat or completing the brief contact form on this page.