How long does a clergy abuse survivor have before he or she can sue for clergy abuse? And who is responsible for these crimes? Clergy abuse lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli answer important questions involving the recent grand jury report on clergy abuse.
Dave Kuharchik: It’s time once again for “The Law & You,” featuring the area’s premier attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Coming to you from the virtual law center, thanks for being here.
Greg Fellerman: Thank you. Glad to be here.
Dave: A serious story about the clergy abuse and the situation there. Actually, we have an anonymous question,”I see you guys are involved in the clergy abuse cases. How long does someone have to sue if they are a survivor?” So what can be done?
Ed Ciarimboli: We get this question a lot. Especially now, considering that the grand jury report is coming out. There’s going to be a lot of information in that it’s identifying, not the victims, it’s going to be identifying the abusers were. Not only the direct abusers but the people who covered it up. And so, the question becomes how long is the statute. It really depends on the nature of the abuse, whether there was active fraud in concealing it, what the church did in order to further not only the victimized individual as the result of the abuse, but further victimize them as a result of the really concerted effort to cover it all up. The statute can be extended well beyond the normal two years, it is very, very fact-specific and case-dependent or fact-specific in every case to see how much longer we can extend these statutes. You got to call.
Greg: That’s what it comes down to. If you think you’ve been wronged or you’re a victim, you got to pick up the phone and call. We can help you with the information, institutional claims are complex. A lot of people are affected. If you have a question, we can answer them. We can do them anonymously, we can do it any way you want to do it. It’s fine. We just want to get people the help.
Ed: There are potentially thousands of victims.
Dave: We’ll get you some help at least now with that initial phone call. Here are the phone number and the website. And don’t forget results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, thanks so much guys.
Greg and Ed: Thanks, Dave.
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