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October 01, 2020

Can I Sue a Catholic Diocese for Sexual Abuse?

Suffering sexual abuse within the Catholic Church can be a devastating, emotional experience. Worse, you may be worried that you have few or no options for legal action. In worse cases, they may not act in time and are barred from recovery. 

That’s why it’s important to act now and get answers for questions like, “Can I sue a Catholic diocese for sexual abuse?” Your lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can answer your questions about your sex abuse lawsuit and represent you in court if necessary. 

Liability for Sexual Abuse in New York City

When you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse, holding the correct party liable for your suffering is important. In most cases, your abuser is liable for the damage they caused and the suffering you’ve been through. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t hold the Catholic diocese responsible, as well. New York’s Child Victims Act even makes it easier to sue these institutions by removing the notice of claim requirements

To prevent lawsuits, many Catholic dioceses chose to suppress or ignore allegations of sexual abuse. If they should have reasonably known about the abuse happening within their area, the diocese can be held liable for your suffering. 

Compensation a Catholic Diocese May Owe You

If you believe the Catholic diocese was also liable for your injuries, you’ll need to seek compensation that covers the costs of your losses due to the abuse. Your compensation should cover all your suffering, from the financial to the mental and emotional. 

Your economic damages should cover any financial losses you’ve suffered. As a child, those damages may not be as dire, since you’re not missing work or otherwise losing money beyond your hospital bills.

However, the intangible losses you’ve suffered because of you trauma could be much higher. Pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life can all be compensated with the help of your New York sexual abuse lawyer. 

Contact a Sexual Abuse Lawyer on Suing a Catholic Diocese

If you’ve been sexually abused by a clergy member of a Catholic diocese, you don’t have to face that suffering alone. A New York sexual abuse lawyer can help you fight back, from your first questions about suing a Catholic diocese for sexual abuse, to the conclusion of your lawsuit. 

Get representation from the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, where we can even start with a free consultation to help you get compensated for your losses. When you’re ready to act now, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the following online contact form. 


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