Lawsuits involving child abuse have been all over the news in recent years. The Team at Stanley Law is there for you – we understand how difficult it can be for victims of child sex abuse to come forward. We are well-versed in handling child abuse lawsuits and have recovered compensation from individuals who have abused children and from their employers. A child abuse lawsuit can be a traumatic experience for victims and their families, so seeking the counsel of a dedicated lawyer who understands the ins and outs of civil law is vital to determine who may be liable for a victim’s damages.
Why Sue The Employer Of A Child Abuser?
Sadly, child sex abuse is often covered up or even facilitated by organizations and institutions that turn a blind eye to inappropriate conduct. Although no amount of money can take away the pain of being abused, seeking compensation from all involved parties can help victims heal and prevent other children from suffering abuse.
Holding these institutions financially accountable for wrongdoing also sends a message that covering up or condoning abuse will not be tolerated any longer and can lead to meaningful change that better protects the rights and safety of children. If an abuser has no assets or is deceased, filing a child abuse lawsuit against the institution that may have enabled the abuse can provide justice and healing to victims and their families.
What Types Of Organizations Can Be Sued?
The State of Pennsylvania and other government entities have uncovered more and more evidence showing that the Catholic Church was complicit in the abuse of children. Many states have expanded the statute of limitations for bringing child abuse lawsuits against abusers and their employers. Each case is different, and an experienced attorney can evaluate your specific situation and determine the best course of action to recover compensation.
Child abuse lawsuit defendants may include:
- Churches and other religious institutions
- Public and private schools
- Childcare centers
- Children’s organizations like the Boy Scouts or Big Brother/Big Sister programs
- Governmental agencies for abuse committed by a foster parent
- Companies that employ known sex offenders or ignore complaints
Criminal Versus Civil Lawsuits
Although a perpetrator can be prosecuted and face hefty penalties, most states do not not require convicted abusers or other complicit parties to financially compensate victims of child abuse. When you file a civil child abuse lawsuit, a complaint is filed on your behalf, or on the behalf of your child, in civil court. Damages that may be recovered include
- Medical bills
- Therapy costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If found liable, the abuser and their enablers may be ordered by the court to pay monetary damages to compensate the victim and punish the perpetrator and their employer or other third parties who turned a blind eye to the abuse. This not only provides monetary compensation, but it can also provide a sense of vindication and relief for those who have suffered abuse. Victims often report abuse to authorities only to have their complaints go nowhere. If a D.A. decides not to pursue a case or accepts a plea bargain for lesser charges, it can be devastating for victims and their families. A civil child abuse lawsuit at least gives victims some type of recourse and justice.
Contact An Experienced Child Abuse Attorney To Learn More
Our child abuse attorneys are committed to helping victims and their families find the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been a victim of child abuse, we can assess your case and determine whether a child abuse lawsuit is appropriate for your situation. Don’t go it alone, phone! To schedule a free initial consultation at Stanley Law Offices, contact us online or call 800-608-3333 or 800-372-3760. Our offices are conveniently located in in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown, and Rochester, New York, and Montrose, Pennsylvania. Se habla español.