Our Law Practice Representing Survivors of Priest Sexual AbuseDolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are affiliated law firms that represent clients throughout the country. The sole focus of our practice is to represent people who have suffered harm because of someone else's wrongful actions. With decades of combined experience under our belts and a storied track record of success on behalf of our clients, we have the know-how and resources necessary to advocate for clients in the most challenging cases and against the most powerful interests. Representing survivors of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests constitutes a significant and growing part of our legal practice. These are extraordinarily difficult, personal legal matters. Not many law firms have the unique combination of size, compassion, tenacity, and commitment to serving clients' needs required to handle such cases successfully, but we do. We recognize that every survivor of priest sexual abuse who seeks our help has a unique and difficult story to tell about an unspeakable trauma. Our priority is to hear our clients' voices and to internalize their motivations and purposes for stepping forward. Only after we understand our clients, their histories, and their goals, can we get to work developing and pursuing individualized legal strategies that serve our clients' interests, and that keep them in control of when and how their stories get told. We take pride in having recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. Still, we cannot guarantee that any action we take on a client's behalf will have a favorable financial outcome. Every client we serve has a unique story to tell with its own potential legal outcomes. We can, however, make this promise: that survivors of Brooklyn priest sexual abuse will find in Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA a team of compassionate, committed advocates, who work day-in, day-out to achieve the best possible outcome for every client.
A Window of Opportunity for Diocese of Brooklyn Priest Sexual Abuse SurvivorsThis is an important legal moment for survivors of sexual abuse committed by priests and clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn, especially those who suffered abuse long ago. A window of opportunity is currently open that gives all survivors the ability to take legal action seeking compensation for the abuse they've suffered, no matter how long ago that abuse occurred. However, time is running out. Many survivors will need to take legal action before January 14, 2021, to preserve their rights. This window of opportunity exists thanks to a recent change in New York law that sought to correct a longstanding injustice against survivors of sexual abuse, especially by priests. For generations, the statute of limitations (or time limit after an injury for taking legal action) in New York failed to account for the challenges and obstacles that many survivors of Brooklyn Diocese priest sexual abuse encountered in stepping forward to reveal what had happened to them. By the time these brave survivors were ready to take that difficult step, the legal time limit for filing a lawsuit in New York civil court had, in many cases, long-since expired. Passage of the New York Child Victims Act in 2019 corrected that wrong, for now. Designed to give survivors of priest sexual abuse throughout New York State the opportunity to hold their abusers and the Church accountable, the law:
- Expanded the statute of limitations for survivors whose rights had not yet expired, by giving survivors until they turn 55 years old to take civil legal action in a New York court; and
- Opened a special window of opportunity for survivors whose claims had already expired as of the date of the Act to take legal action in New York courts, so long as survivors do so no later than January 14, 2021. Once that window of opportunity closes, those survivors will, for the most part, no longer qualify to file lawsuits seeking damages for the trauma they suffered.