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I Was Abused by a Priest in the 1980s. Can I Do Anything About It Now?

The Law & You
October 9, 2018

The Law and You

I Was Abused by a Priest in the 1980s. Can I Do Anything About It Now?

A viewer was abused by a priest in the 1980s. Is there anything he can do about it now? Clergy abuse lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for clergy abuse cases.

Dave Kuharchik: It is time once again for “The Law & You.” Back with us tonight in the virtual law center attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. And guys, this set is so awesome. I hear we’re in the contention for Set of the Year award. Can you imagine?

Ed Ciarimboli: This set is so good it makes me and Greg look good. That’s the truth.

Greg Fellerman: It’s hard to do.

Dave: Cutting-edge stuff here for “The Law & You.” The question tonight on the serious side. Obviously, we know of the scandal as of late with the Catholic priests. And John in Scranton saying, “I was abused by a priest back in the 1980s. I am not sure if there is anything I can do at this time.” And Ed, there is that talk lately about changing the statute of limitations. What’s going on there?

Ed: Well right now, it passed the House. The House passed a bill saying it’s going to give a two-year window. It hasn’t passed the Senate yet. And then it will obviously have to go to the governor’s desk for a signature. But, what we have been telling everyone is call. Do not delay. Because if it does pass, you’re going to have a very short window. Two years go by like that and it’s going to take a lot to get all of your documentation together to file a claim. So, These cases are going to be very time and document sensitive very soon.

Greg: Yeah, I think a lot of people with the pendency of the legislation, however you fell, you should reach out and talk with your state senators because that is where it is currently sitting. The House has passed it and the senators are looking for probable direction from their constituents on where you guys come in on this. But, I think the people who have been abused, there should be a potential window if these senators vote the right way. We’re sorry for what you went through. We hope we can help you out.

Dave: And of course to start that legal conversation, you can reach out to the guys by phone or, of course, online through the website. And don’t forget results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, guys, thanks so much.

Greg and Ed: Thanks, Dave.

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