How are you different from other attorneys?
Our expertise and our record of success in delivering resolutions and high-value settlements set us apart. Our attorneys have handled over 100 claims against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in states across the country. Gilion Dumas was one of the trial attorneys in a Portland trial that resulted in a $19.9 million verdict against BSA. Andy Chasan and Tim Walton have been through complex bankruptcy litigation on behalf of 140 victims of abuse by Catholic priests when the Jesuits in the Oregon Province declared bankruptcy. The team has broad legal experience bringing cases against other institutions of trust, including the Mormon, Assemblies of God, Seventh Day Adventist, and Methodist churches; public and private schools; and other youth-serving organizations.
What are my options if I’ve been abused?
Your options depend on the laws of your state. Some options may include negotiating a resolution out of court, filing a lawsuit or, if the Boy Scouts file bankruptcy, bringing a claim in the bankruptcy proceeding.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Again, it depends on the law in your state. Many states, including Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and California, have passed legislation to extend the statute of limitations for adults to bring claims for the abuse they experienced as children. Other states are in the process of passing similar laws to extend the deadlines. Even in states that do not have extended statutes of limitation, there may be ways to still bring a claim.
The abuse was a long time ago. How can I get justice now?
Most victims of child abuse, especially men, don’t come forward for decades. You’re not alone. The law in many states recognizes that it takes a long time to deal with childhood sexual abuse. Call us to find out your options.
Will my name appear in the media?
Most courts allow victims of child abuse to use a pseudonym. The media almost always protects the anonymity of abuse victims.
What is the definition of “abuse” in terms of filing a claim?
Sexual abuse can be any kind of inappropriate sexual contact with a child, from sexual touching to intercourse. It also can include sexual exploitation, such as showing a young person pornography or taking sexualized photos of a child.
Will the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy affect my ability to file a claim or seek damages?
It may make it easier for people to bring a claim, but it will set strict deadlines, maybe as short as 4 or 6 months. We’ll know more once (or if) they actually file for bankruptcy, so contact us for more information.
Do I need an attorney’s help to file a claim?
The laws in each state and laws of bankruptcy are tricky. To know what your options are, you should consult with an attorney.
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