Q: I am embarrassed to call a lawyer because of what happened. What should I do?
A: Remember, you are not alone. Until very recently, child sexual abuse in a variety of institutions went virtually unchecked across the country. The Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, and many other entities hid allegations of sexual abuse. Many abuse survivors are only now coming forward. Calling a lawyer is the first, most important step to take. When you call our team, we will listen to you, and based on our experience with the issues, assess your case. Above all, we will provide our honest opinion when you call. If you do have a case, but you wait too long, you may be barred from bringing the case by the statutory deadline, known as the Statute of Limitations. Also, remember: we don’t charge for initial consultations so there is no risk or expense in calling us. Waiting any longer to consult a lawyer, however, could harm your case.
Q: What is a statute of limitations?
A: This is a law passed by the legislature that limits the time in which you can bring a lawsuit. If the applicable statute of limitations expires before you file suit, you may be forever barred from bringing a suit.
Q: What is the applicable statute of limitations for my case?
A: Call a lawyer. The facts of your case may seem simple, but the statute of limitations for certain cases can vary from six months to many years.
Certain facts may affect the statute of limitations for your case. For example, if the Boy Scouts or the Archdiocese knew that the person who abused you had a history of abusing other children, yet failed to ever inform you or your family, the statute of limitations may not expire until you learn about their misconduct in covering it up. Thus, if you have been abused, do not assume the statute of limitations has expired for your case. Contact a qualified lawyer immediately.
Q: How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
A: There is no charge to you during our pursuit of your case. Our firm represents the victims of harm or injury, and these cases are pursued under a “contingency fee” arrangement. That is, we receive a percentage of your settlement or verdict at the end of the case. We will be happy to discuss and explain in detail how this works.