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Clergy Abuse of Minors

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

A compensation program has been set up by the Archdiocese of Brooklyn to pay compensation for children who were abused in the past by priests and other clergy members. This complements the similar plan in operation for New York for some time. The church administrations are using an outside settlement company to evaluate and pay claims for minors who have been sexually abused. 

Before these plans went into effect, children who had been abused years ago had no recourse to suit under New York law, as the courts had held that they were time-barred. These plans, however, have the effect of reviving the claims–though there are time limits for the presentation of claims under these plans, and the New York one will end soon.

There are no set amounts under the plan, and there is also no limit on what the outside administrator can direct to be paid, either per case or overall. The administrator considers matters such as the type of sexual conduct, what the child suffered, how long the abuse continued, and the proof pertaining to such events. Our firm has fought on behalf of victims for an extensive period of time, and the most notorious of the clergy members involved in our cases is Brother Damian Galligan. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of sexual abuse by a clergy member, allow us to pursue justice on your behalf.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Our firm, Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, has a considerable amount of experience in representing adults who were abused by the clergy when they were children. Our personal injury lawyers’ experience stems from before this compensation program existed, continuing with our relentless advocacy today. Our legal team understands that privacy and sensitivity are vital to victims of child sexual abuse, which is why it is the hallmark of the settlement program as well as the way in which we handle these cases. We charge a reduced fee, contingent on the outcome.

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm by calling (212) 684-1880.

By: Paul Rheingold

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