The state of Wyoming describes sexual assault in WY Statute SS 6-2-301. Herein, the state makes it clear that any party accused of forcing sexual behavior on an unwilling party, be it through violence or the threat thereof, can face legal consequences for their behavior. This is the case even if the party is a member of the clergy.
If you or a loved one fell victim to sexual assault at the hands of a member of your clergy or similar religious figure, you can take legal action to compensate for your losses. The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can go over your rights with you and help you calculate what compensation to which you may be entitled.
You can reach out to the team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 219-9622.
The Benefits of Working with a Wyoming Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer
The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you not only fight for compensation after a case of sexual abuse by a clergy member but also lessen your stress as the legal proceedings go on. This can mean calculating your potential compensation as well as managing communications that a liable party may try to send.
While seeking a settlement for your losses in such a case as this, you do not have to communicate with a liable party on your own. Instead, if you want to try and secure a settlement outside of the courtroom, you can work with a clergy sexual abuse lawyer to estimate your potential compensation and bring that estimate to the liable party. Alternatively, the liable party may offer you a settlement before you can file a complaint with your local court. Should the party want to negotiate a settlement, the attorney you may choose to work with can fight on your behalf.
Such an attorney can continue to work with you by fighting for a judgment in your favor in court. There are times, after all, when a liable party refuses to acknowledge their wrongdoings. In these cases, your only opportunity to receive compensation would be to let a jury decide. In these cases, an attorney can help you craft your initial complaint and can argue on your behalf before a judge.
Breaking Down Your Case
A complaint is a legal document that clarifies the details of your case to a judge and court. In these documents, you can identify the party which you wish to hold liable for your losses and the compensation to which you may be entitled.
That said, you can also present evidence establishing liability within a complaint. You do not have to gather this evidence on your own. Instead, an attending attorney can bring viable forms of evidence forward. In the meanwhile, you can present your testimony and experience to clarify to a judge why you believe such a case to be viewed by legal professionals.
In the same vein, you can share the calculations that led you to determine what your estimated compensation may look like. Your avenues for compensation when faced with a sexual abuse case involving a clergy member can include:
- The expenses related to any medical care you sought out to deal with injuries or other wounds prior to filing your complaint
- Any expenses for medical treatment you may require after a case comes to a conclusion
- The cost of any medical aids, medications, or means you may require to restore your previous quality of life
- The cost of pregnancy and the delivery of a child, if applicable
- The cost of psychological counseling for as long as it is deemed necessary by a medical professional
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
A Contingency-Based Firm Cares for Your Finances
You may be reluctant to take legal action against a liable party after a case of clergy sexual assault for fear of the legal costs.
The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm knows of these reservations and, as such, works to make seeking legal action against applicable parties simpler. More specifically, the firm operates on contingency. Should you choose to seek legal advice or representation through the firm, you will not receive a bill for services rendered until or unless you receive compensation for your losses from a court of law. This means that, no matter what your finances may look like, you can still fight to bring a liable party to justice.
Law firms that work on contingency can request a percent of the settlement you receive, allowing you, as such, to use your savings in the future for other means. That percentage will vary based on the means that your case required.
Recover from Your Losses with Help from a Wyoming Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Your religious environment is meant to foster a community and to help you celebrate that which you believe. When you no longer feel safe in that space, it can feel as though your world has been upturned.
The members of your clergy should not use their power to sexually abuse members of a religious organization, nor do they have the legal means to do so. If you or a loved one suffer in such a way, the team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you take legal action. With the help of a Wyoming clergy sexual abuse lawyer, you can address the degree to which your case falls in line with state statutes describing sexual assault. From there, you can determine what compensation you may be entitled to and what action you can take to fight for justice.
To discuss the details of a potential case, you can reach out to the team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 219-9622.