Should I enter into the voluntary compensation program or file a lawsuit against the Diocese instead?

The answer to this question is going to differ person by person. It is important for you to gather all of the necessary information before making a decision. Call us today to discuss the pros and cons of each approach and decide if entering into the program is right for you.

Where can I learn more about the compensation program?

The Independent Compensation Program has set up its own website which you can visit here.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

If you decide to file a lawsuit against a Diocese instead of entering into the compensation program, there are no costs or legal fees to you unless you receive money at the end of the case. Put simply, if we are successful in getting a settlement for you, then we share the money with you according to our fee agreement. If we are unable to get you a settlement, then you owe us nothing. You have nothing to lose.

I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about this.

Every individual is different, and it can take a long time before a person is ready and able to discuss abuse. That being said, just because you call doesn’t mean there is an obligation for you to start a case. Contact us today to see what your options are. If you decide it’s not right for you at this time, we will respect your wishes.

Why should I bother?

Starting a case or entering into a settlement program isn’t for everyone. But the only way to determine whether it is right for you is to get all the facts and make up your own mind. What is the best option for you? Many survivors come forward to hold the church and priests accountable. Others want to try to help prevent abuse from happening to someone else. Some people decide it’s not the right thing for them, and that’s okay. Settlement money can’t erase the pain, but it can help you to start the process of healing. It can help provide future financial security for you and your family. It can also help you to receive any medical treatment or therapy that you might find useful.

When you are ready

If you are ready to take the next step, or are just interested in asking some simple questions, please contact us today for a free consultation. Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill out our confidential contact form and a member of our team will respond within 24 hours. Please be assured that we will be honest and caring in our discussion with you, and at all times respect your privacy. The abuse you experienced was not your fault.