Clergy Abuse Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
In 2012, Philadelphia is witnessing one of the largest clergy abuse trials in history. Two Roman Catholic members of the clergy from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Rev. James Brennan and Monsignor William Lynn faced criminal and civil charges when the abuse they perpetrated was finally uncovered. The Rev. James Brennan was accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996, while Monsignor William Lynn was accused of endangering the welfare of a child for covering up cases of molestation and abuse by members of the clergy for decades.
Victims of clergy abuse should know that the U.S. court system is designed to punish the perpetrator of sexual abuse and to compensate the victim. In the criminal court system, members of the clergy who sexually abuse children get punished by facing serious criminal charges for rape, attempted rape, molestation, and sex abuse. The civil court system, on the other hand, is designed to compensate the victims by allowing them to recover money damages for pain and suffering.
As the Lynn case shows, the abuser himself is not the only person liable for sexual abuse by members of the clergy. The church, diocese, archdiocese, as well as other members of the clergy may be held liable for endangering the welfare of a child if they covered up, ignored or failed to investigate the abuse. Victims have the right to seek monetary compensation not only from the member of the clergy who actually perpetrated the sexual assault, but also from the institution that employed the abuser. Cases against the clergy and the large and powerful religious institutions are not simple. This is the reason why you need to choose an experienced, dedicated and aggressive Pennsylvania civil trial lawyer. At the Lassen Law Firm, our experienced and professional clergy abuse attorneys have handled many different types of clergy abuse cases and brought desired results to their clients.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
Any type of sexual abuse, let alone sexual abuse by a trusted person, results in severe physical pain and a devastating emotional trauma. Not surprisingly, most victims require months of medical treatment and years of therapy and counseling. The medical expenses accrue and may wreak havoc on the victim's financial situation. At the Lassen Law Firm, we believe that our clients should be focusing their time and energy on recovering, and not worrying about how to pay their medical bills. Therefore, the attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm dedicate all their resources in the fight against the church for a full and fair compensation to the victims.
If a member of the clergy abused or attempted to rape, abuse, molest you or your loved one, contact the attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm now to discuss your case. We are skilled sexual abuse lawyers who will leave no stone unturned in our fight for the maximum possible compensation available under the law.
The statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania is twelve years from the date the victim reaches the age of majority (age 18). It is best to file a civil lawsuit before the victim turns age 30. There are, however, some exceptions to the general rule of the time limit. Do not let passage of time discourage you from pursuing a civil sexual abuse case against the clergy. Call the Lassen Law Firm sexual abuse attorneys in Philadelphia now for your free case evaluation. The Lassen Law Firm will provide you with all the necessary legal tools to win the battle against the church.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen