Background: The issue of sexual abuse by the Clergy, has unfortunately plagued the Church for decades. Many have claimed that the Church has spent years of covering up for the abhorrent actions of its Clergy. Finally, the Archdiocese has agreed to establish a settlement fund to compensate those who have been victimized by bishops, priests, deacons and others. Certain Churches and certain members of the Clergy have already been identified as having been involved in these actions. Others have yet to be identified.
The opportunity now exists to participate in a settlement process for claims to be administered by an independent mediator with full authority to review a claim, and issue an award that will be paid by the Archdiocese. At least in the case of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, they have pledged that any funding for these settlements will not be taken from any funds utilized to support parishes, schools and charitable works. While this is a claims process without litigation, and we anticipate this to be an appropriate course of action, there are certain circumstances where litigation may be the correct route to take.
Who Can Apply: In some instances litigation has already been commenced. Despite the ongoing litigation, the creation of a Settlement Fund now gives individuals an opportunity to be compensated at this time as an alternative source of recovery. In other instances, an individual has not yet brought a legal action but is considering proceeding with a claim. That individual, as well may be entitled to a settlement from the Fund without litigation.
When to Act: It is urgent that you act now! Phase I of the Fund for certain individuals is only available until January 31, 2017 and claims must be filed by that date or be precluded. Phase II for other individuals will extend beyond that date.
The Attorneys: The attorneys at the firm are compassionate and sensitive to the needs of its clients but aggressive and relentless is seeking appropriate recoveries for victims of sexual abuse by the Church. The senior members have been practicing law in New York for over thirty years. They have served at the forefront, as Lead Counsel appointed by the United States District Court, in fighting for victims of mass assaults, including upon the World Trade Center which victimized countless thousands of individuals. As always, any communication with our firm is confidential.
Our fees: All of our consultations are without cost to you. Any fee we earn is completely dependent upon our receiving a financial recovery for you and is not due unless and until an award is collected.
What to do next: Given that there are certain deadlines enumerated by the Fund, the first being January 31, 2017, please call our office or fill out the contact form on this website. Due to the sensitive nature of these claims and given also that you may being contacting us concerning a child, you will speak and meet with one of the senior partners of the firm who will remain integral through conclusion of your claim.