Clergy members in your community may hold a degree of power, but that does not give them the right to mistreat or abuse you or your loved ones.
Wisconsin Statute §940.225 describes sexual assault as the coercion of a party into sexual acts via the threat of violence or actualized violence. If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse as such or within similar bounds at the hands of a member of your clergy, you can take legal action against that party. The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you establish your legal rights and an estimate of what compensation to which you may be entitled.
To discuss your case and begin building a complaint, you can reach out to the team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 219-9622.
Reasons to Work with a Wisconsin Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer
One of the most difficult parts of taking legal action against a liable party in a clergy sexual abuse case is the thought of seeing that liable party again. The good news is that a clergy sexual abuse lawyer can recognize that fear and work with you to compensate for it.
For example, it may not always be necessary to take one of these cases to court if you want to seek a settlement. Instead, a clergy sexual abuse lawyer can negotiate with a liable party on your behalf, reaching out with a compensation estimate and requesting it, in turn. An attending attorney can also manage communications with the liable party should that party reach out to you independently with a settlement. You can work together to calculate what compensation you may be owed, should all of your potential avenues for a settlement be addressed. If the settlement offered in either of these cases does not meet all of your needs, you can continue to fight or take the case to court.
You may also have to go to court if the party you wish to hold liable for your losses refuses to acknowledge the wrong done unto you. In this kind of situation, you can craft a complaint with the help of an attending attorney and bring your case to the attention of a court in your area.
Evidence, Compensation, and Your Case
Each case of clergy sexual assault is different, even if the case itself has precedent. As such, you can bring a complaint to your local court to establish what sets your case apart and how, in turn, your compensation may differ from that which other, similar parties have received previously.
In your complaint, you can detail the following:
- The identity of the party you believe holds liability for the damages you endured
- The evidence you have establishing the clergy member as your abuser
- An estimate of the compensation you believe you may be owed in light of your losses
- The figures that led you to reach the above estimate
You do not have to participate in the quest to find forms of evidence to establish liability in your case. You can, however, discuss what you or a loved one endured with an attending attorney while they interview witnesses and seek out other forms of evidence to support your claim.
Discussions about your potential compensation can require move involvement on your part. Here, you can discuss your losses and determine their monetary values. Your potential compensation after a case of sexual abuse involving a clergy member can include:
- The cost of any medical procedures needed to restore your previous quality of life before you file a complaint with a court of law
- The cost of any medical procedures you may need in the future
- The cost of medical aids, prescription medications, and other means you need to restore your previous quality of life
- Psychological therapy
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunity for employment
- Emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Operates on Contingency
Some people do not seek help with their sexual abuse and personal injury cases because they believe they cannot afford legal representation.
The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm knows of these myths and works to overcome them. To keep services accessible to all parties who may want them, the team operates on contingency. In doing so, you can rest assured knowing that you will not receive a bill for those services you benefit from unless a court determines that you may receive compensation for the losses you endured and noted in your case.
In the aftermath of your case, you can still keep your savings safe. The American Bar Association notes that law firms that operate on contingency take a percentage of a person’s settlement instead of requesting payment for services out of their pocket. This way, you can continue to use your savings for future needs instead of dipping into them to seek justice for the wrongs done unto you.
A Wisconsin Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Fight for You
Sexual assault leaves behind scars for years, even if a court awards justice to the party that suffered harm. When that abuse comes at the hands of an individual who you or a loved one held in high esteem like a member of the clergy, those scars can be paired with significant financial stress.
The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can make your recovery a little easier. If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a member of your clergy, you can seek legal action and compensation for your losses. A Wisconsin clergy sexual abuse lawyer can help you take your case to court, even if the case itself seems difficult to conquer.
You can discuss your case with the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm by calling (800) 219-9622.