Sexual Abuse Survivors Are Not Alone Anymore
Now you can demand justice from your abusers and the institutions that allowed the abuse to continue. Contact the clergy abuse lawyers at Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq today. They can help you file a claim so you can:
- Tell your story
- Hold accountable all those responsible
- Obtain financial compensation to pay for treatment, lost wages, and more
If you have endured the trauma of sexual assault or abuse by a priest or other member of the clergy, our experienced attorneys will stand with you in court and advocate on your behalf. You are not alone.
Special Notice for New Jersey Clergy Abuse Survivors: The Opportunity for Your Turn in Court Begins on December 1, 2019
If you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, you may be able to claim damages regardless of how long ago the incident took place. A new law allows all survivors of child sexual abuse to file a claim against their abusers - even those who had previously been barred from recovery due to an expired statute of limitations. You may also be able to file a claim against the church institutions that allowed the abuse to occur. This provision of the law enables victims to pursue justice regardless of whether the perpetrator is still alive. Bear in mind the following:
- There is a limited window of time for filing.
- Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq will work tirelessly on your behalf to see that justice is served.
You need an aggressive legal team that will provide you with the caliber of representation necessary to ensure you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.
All Sexual Abuse Survivors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Have the Right to Demand Justice and the Chance to Heal
It is time to come forward and begin the healing process, whether you suffered at the hands of an abuser in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. You may have been silent for many years. A priest or another authority figure may have convinced you that the sexual encounter was somehow your fault. Something may have only recently triggered an awareness that an event that happened long ago is not your fault, and is, in fact, the cause of suffering you still endure today. The long-term effects of suppressing a traumatic sexual encounter may include:
- Problems at work
- Avoidance of intimate relationships
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Substance abuse
- Other chronic health problems
All these situations call for a remedy. Now you have the legal right to demand your day in court and seek justice. With that, you can accelerate the healing process by getting financial compensation to pay for counseling, treatment, lost wages, and more.
Please remember that there are time limitations to filing a claim. It takes courage to come forward and confront the past, and we want to do everything we can to help you act as quickly as you are able. For a free case evaluation, call us now at 800-923-3456. Our clergy abuse lawyers will promptly and confidentially review your case and develop a strategy to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
What is a mass tort?
A mass tort is a civil action taken against one or more defendants in a single lawsuit In New Jersey, mass torts are generally defined as a form of personal injury law where multiple plaintiffs have similar injuries or damages resulting from the same event or another related incident.
Generally, each plaintiff will have their claim, but when grouped in a class action suit, they can litigate against the defendant together to seek compensation for their harm and losses. Mass torts may involve product liability cases (such as pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices), environmental pollution suits, and other forms of negligence.
In New Jersey, mass torts are typically handled by attorneys who specialize in this area of law due to their unique nature. These lawyers must understand the various types of mass tort cases, as well as the legal process for filing a claim and litigating against multiple defendants.
They must also be familiar with state laws about the statute of limitations and other related matters. Additionally, they should have experience in negotiating settlements between plaintiffs and defendants to ensure that their clients receive fair compensation for their losses.
By working with an experienced attorney who specializes in mass torts, plaintiffs can rest assured that their cases will be handled properly and efficiently. With the right representation, individuals may be able to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the incident or event that led to their injuries or losses. Through this type of litigation, victims can begin to move forward and rebuild their lives.
It is important to note that mass torts tend to be complex cases, so plaintiffs need to have representation from a knowledgeable lawyer who understands the ins-and-outs of this area of law.
The attorneys at our firm are dedicated to helping victims of negligence, and we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of legal service and representation. With decades of experience in handling mass torts, we have the skills and knowledge needed to handle your case successfully.
Contact us today for more information about your rights and options for pursuing a claim against those responsible for your losses or injuries. We’re here to help you get the justice you deserve.
What is clergy sexual abuse?
In New Jersey Law, clergy sexual abuse is defined as any form of sexual contact between a member of the clergy and an individual or individuals that are either under the age of eighteen (18) or not legally capable of giving consent. It also includes cases where clergy members use their authority to take advantage of those who are not able to resist or refuse.
This includes any type of unwanted physical contact, verbal threats, and intimidation, exploitation of trust or power, psychological manipulation, and/or requests for sexual favors. Clergy sexual abuse can occur in multiple ways: through physical contact; verbal coercion; emotional manipulation; financial coercion; spiritual coercion; and even using spiritual counseling as a platform for sexual abuse.
In all cases, the offender intends to exploit their position and authority to take advantage of vulnerable individuals. Victims of clergy sexual abuse can suffer physical and psychological damage that can last for years or even a lifetime. Victims of clergy sexual abuse need to seek legal guidance to ensure their rights are protected and that justice is served.
Additionally, people need to understand the devastating consequences associated with this crime so they can be informed when seeking help or making decisions about who will provide spiritual counseling services. Clergy sexual abuse should not be taken lightly; it is a serious offense with significant ramifications.
If you or someone you know has been affected by clergy sexual abuse, please consider speaking out and getting help – there are resources available that can help ensure justice is served.
How do I know if I have a case?
If someone believes they have been a victim of clergy sexual abuse, there are several steps they should take to determine if their potential case has legal merit.
First, the individual should gather all possible evidence related to the case. This can include any written documents or records of the abuse that may exist and any statements from witnesses who can corroborate the events in question.
It is also important to document any medical treatment that may have been required because of the abuse and obtain copies of police reports or other criminal investigations that took place after the incident.
The next step is to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in cases involving sexual abuse by clergy members. An attorney will be able to review all available evidence and advise the individual on whether they have a valid legal case. This may include filing a civil lawsuit or seeking criminal charges against the perpetrator, depending on the severity of the abuse and jurisdiction.
Once an attorney has been consulted, it is important to speak frankly about all aspects of the case, including any potential psychological damage that may have occurred because of the abuse.
Additionally, if there are any financial losses resulting from the incident, those should be discussed in detail with an attorney so that appropriate steps can be taken to pursue compensation for these damages.
Finally, victims of clergy sexual abuse need to seek help from mental health professionals who can provide counseling and other support services to help them process their experiences and cope with any trauma that may have resulted from the abuse. This can be a critical step in helping victims of clergy sexual abuse to heal and move forward with their lives.
By following these steps, individuals can determine if they have a valid legal case related to clergy sexual abuse and take the necessary steps to seek justice. In doing so, they can help ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and work towards preventing similar incidents from occurring in their community.
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse need to know that help is available and that they do not need to suffer in silence. With the right support, they can find healing and renewal after such an ordeal.
What damages can I recover in a clergy sexual abuse mass tort?
In a New Jersey mass tort case due to clergy sexual abuse, the victim may be able to collect damages for physical harm, psychological harm, medical expenses, lost income, punitive damages, and other losses.
Physical harm includes pain and suffering endured by the victim because of the abuse suffered. This can be both physical injuries caused by the abuser or injuries resulting from the mental trauma experienced from the experience.
Psychological harm includes past and future mental anguish experienced by the victim which was caused directly or indirectly by their experience with clerical abuse. This could manifest itself in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses related to their experience.
Medical expenses related to the abuse can be collected as part of a mass tort claim, including medical bills resulting from physical injuries sustained and psychological treatment such as therapy and medication. Victims may also recover costs associated with rehabilitation or care services if necessary.
Lost income due to clerical abuse can be recovered in a mass tort case. This includes any wages lost because of taking time off work for medical treatment or therapy sessions related to the abuse, as well as future lost earnings due to reduced capacity to earn money caused by the experience.
Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer for their actions and serve as an example for others not to commit such acts in the future. These types of damages are awarded to victims of clerical abuse who were able to demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of malicious or reckless conduct on behalf of the abuser.
Other losses which may be recovered in a mass tort case for clergy sexual abuse include emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. Victims are also entitled to compensation for pre-existing psychological conditions that were exacerbated by their experience with clerical abuse, as well as any legal expenses incurred during the litigation process.
Victims need to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that they receive all the damages they may be eligible for in a mass tort case due to clergy sexual abuse. An attorney can help ensure that victims properly document their injuries and losses associated with the case, as well as help navigate the legal process to maximize their compensation.
Can I file a lawsuit even if the abuse occurred a long time ago?
Yes, a sexual abuse victim in New Jersey can still file a claim for abuse that happened years ago. While filing a claim may be difficult and emotionally taxing, it is possible to pursue civil justice even if the incident took place many years ago.
Under New Jersey law, victims of clergy sexual abuse have seven (7) years from the date they turn 18 to file a lawsuit against their abuser and/or their employer. This is known as the statute of limitations.
However, it is important to note that there are exceptions that can extend the time frame for individuals who experienced clergy sexual abuse as minors. In some cases, those who were sexually abused by members of the clergy can have up to 20 years after turning 18 before being barred from filing a claim.
The state of New Jersey also allows victims to seek justice outside of the statute of limitations if they can provide evidence that their abuse was not discovered until after they turned 18 years old. In such cases, victims may be able to bring a claim up to two (2) years after discovering that their abuser was responsible for the crime.
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey need to seek legal advice as soon as possible to determine whether they are eligible to file a civil lawsuit and what options are available to them.
An experienced attorney will be able to discuss your case and help you understand your rights and all potential avenues for seeking justice. With the right legal guidance, you can begin the process of finding closure and getting the justice that you deserve.
How long does a clergy sexual abuse mass tort lawsuit take?
The length of a Clergy sexual abuse mass tort lawsuit depends on numerous factors, such as the complexity of the case, the number of plaintiffs and defendants involved, the availability of evidence and witnesses, and how quickly all parties can agree to settlements or other forms of resolution. These types of lawsuits can take anywhere from two to five years - sometimes even longer than that - before they are concluded.
In addition to these primary factors, there may be other complicating issues that could affect the timeline. For instance, if there are multiple jurisdictions involved in the lawsuit (such as when cases have been filed in multiple different states), proceedings could be delayed while courts determine which jurisdiction is appropriate for each portion of the case. Likewise, if any of the parties in the case file appeals or other motions, that could also cause a significant delay.
It's difficult to accurately predict long a Clergy sexual abuse tort lawsuit will take, as are many unknown factors at play However, with experienced attorneys and an organized approach to managing evidence proceedings, these cases have the potential to be resolved promptly. Ultimately, the timeline for your case will depend on its circumstances.
What should I do if I believe I am a survivor of clergy sexual abuse?
If you believe that you may be a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, it is important to seek out both emotional and legal support.
Firstly, reach out to counseling or therapy services to help process the trauma associated with your experience. It is not uncommon for survivors of such abuses to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues because of their experiences.
Speaking with an experienced counselor or therapist can provide valuable insight into managing lingering anger and other emotions related to the event. They can also provide resources for coping strategies to help you move forward in your healing process.
Second, consider reaching out for legal assistance. Laws vary between states but many offer provisions for those seeking legal action against perpetrators of clergy sexual abuse. Speaking to an attorney with experience in this area will be able to provide guidance and advice on the best course of action for your case. It is important to remember that no matter how long ago your instance of abuse occurred, it is never too late to seek justice.
Lastly, consider connecting with other survivors and support groups. Joining a survivor’s network can give you access to resources as well as emotional comfort from those who have shared similar experiences. Knowing that others understand what you have gone through can be incredibly beneficial in aiding healing and finding closure after such a traumatic event.
It is not easy seeking help after being a victim of clergy sexual abuse but doing so is essential for moving forward and living your life to the fullest. Remember that you are not alone and there are many resources available to provide support and guidance. Seek out whatever help is necessary to rebuild a sense of normalcy after such difficult experiences.