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In May 2019, the California Catholic Conference announced a program that would apply to over 10 million Catholics – 80% of all Catholics in the state. The program established a compensation fund for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy members in California. The Diocese of San Bernardino is one of the six that came together to create the program. If you or a loved one suffered clergy abuse and has a claim against the Diocese of San Bernardino, you could be eligible for recovery through the new fund. You could be eligible for substantial compensation. With help from our Diocese of San Bernardino clergy sexual abuse lawyers, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the diocese itself. The San Bernardino priest abuse attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have years of experience handling clergy sexual abuse cases and are here to help survivors. Call our attorneys today at (714) 783-2205. for a confidential case evaluation.
Our Diocese of San Bernardino clergy sexual abuse attorneys have helped injured people in California since 1979. We have created a full-service law firm with plenty of resources to assist people with cases involving torts such as child sexual abuse. If you trust us with your claim, we can take care of many different tasks on your behalf.
Filing a claim through the Independent Compensation Program could yield a settlement in just 90 days. If you are within the statute of limitations to bring a civil suit, however, this could be a better path for your case. You may be eligible for more compensation through the civil justice system in California.
Data compiled from media sources show 31 members of the clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA currently facing allegations of sex crimes. Clergy abuse and sexual assault are rampant crimes that may make survivors eligible for compensation awards in San Bernardino. Currently, however, all Californians with childhood sexual abuse cases have strict deadlines for bringing their lawsuits.
If you miss your deadline, you may no longer have the option of bringing a lawsuit against the Diocese of San Bernardino. The Archdiocese, however, has not set a time limit for filing claims with the state’s new compensation program. A surpassed statute of limitations will no longer completely bar a clergy abuse survivor from obtaining compensation.
The Diocese of San Bernardino should answer for the wrongful, criminal, and malicious acts of their religious leaders. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to bring claims against the San Bernardino diocese on behalf of clergy abuse survivors. Our lawyers can aggressively safeguard your rights and fight for a far case outcome. You may be able to achieve a compensation award for your losses with our assistance. Find out if you have grounds for a clergy abuse claim during a free and confidential consultation. Contact us online or call us at (714) 783-2205 for your free case evaluation.