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My Son Was Abused by a Priest 10 Years Ago. Can He Sue?

The Law & You
June 19, 2018

The Law and You

My Son Was Abused by a Priest 10 Years Ago. Can He Sue?

A viewer’s son was sexually abused by a clergyman 10 years ago. Can he still sue? Clergy abuse lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what legal options are available to him.

Dave Kuharchik: It is time once again for “The Law & You” back with you tonight from the virtual law center. Our team is here, attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Good to see you guys.

Ed Ciarimboli: I tell you, the virtual law center is getting rave reviews.

Greg Fellerman: People love it.

Dave: People on the street love it. And now we’re kind of stretching out our capabilities. Little more energy here tonight.

Ed: We can sit, we can stand, can answer questions.

Greg: We can put stuff on the screen eventually.

Dave: Yeah it’s wild, wild stuff.

Ed: Launching rockets next.

Dave: Very fancy. All right our question tonight takes us to a very serious scenario from Paul in Plymouth. Paul says, “My son was abused by a local priest 10 years ago. Can he still sue?” Is there any recourse for Paul?

Ed: So, Paul, there actually is recourse. And right now there is some legislation pending in order to change the statute of limitations on these particular types of claims. We have a number of clergy abuse cases and for the survivors of the clergy abuse, the reason that you can still bring these claims into court is that there was concealment, an act of concealment, on a lot of them regarding these particular individuals committing the abuse. For the people who were abused, they weren’t able to get treatment as well. So there are some ways around the statute of limitations argument on this that we’ve been successful in pursuing. But you need to get to a lawyer fast.

Greg: These are tough cases. There have been recent settlements across the country from the different dioceses. So if you have a question and you survived one of these horrific incidents, give us a call. We can point you in the right direction, give you a hand with it.

Dave: All right, and if you do need legal advice, or as Greg said to be pointed in the right direction, you can check out the guys by giving them a call, online or of course social media, right?

Greg: Yeah, we’re all over now.

Ed: Twitter, Instagram…

Dave: Snapchat.

Ed: Greg is all over Snapchat. All the time. He loves it.

Greg: I love it.

Ed: He’s a fan.

Dave: Results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, thanks guys. Catch you next time.

Ed: Thanks, Dave.

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