On Wednesday, the New York Child Victims Act enables clergy abuse survivors and other abuse victims the ability to file claims against their abusers that were denied due to the expiration of the previous statute of limitations. The one-year period, which is also known as the look-back window, allows cases that became dead issues to be brought back into consideration if survivors wish to file a claim. It is predicted that possibly hundreds of lawsuits may be filed by day’s end. This may put excessive financial pressure on the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state due to the potentially hundreds of possible claims.
Governor Cuomo signed the New York Child Victims Act into law back in February to support abuse victims and survivors. This includes the many individuals who endured the trauma of clergy abuse in their childhood. The act opens up the possibility for abuse survivors to hold their abusers accountable for their actions and the dioceses that may have engaged in cover ups or the transfer of credibly accused priests to other posts within the Catholic church.
If you or someone you love suffered from clergy abuse as a child, our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will offer legal guidance with discretion and compassion. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free case review. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nationwide from our offices located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.