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Receiving Compensation from the Independent Compensation Program

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A number of instances have come to light of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests throughout the nation. If you or your child is a survivor of clerical sexual abuse in certain Southern California Dioceses, you may be entitled to file a claim with the Independent Compensation Program.

Call DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in Santa Ana today for skilled legal representation. Our Orange County clergy abuse attorneys can help you pursue the full compensation you are entitled to receive from the Independent Compensation Program.

How Will Compensation Amounts Be Determined?

Victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles or the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, or San Diego may be eligible for compensation through the Independent Compensation Program. After registering on the program’s website and reporting the sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency, you may file a claim with the Independent Compensation Program. Your claim will be reviewed by the program administrators, who have final authority to determine whether you are eligible and how much compensation your claim deserves.

What Happens after a Claim Is Filed with the Independent Compensation Program?

The administrators of the Independent Compensation Program will process your claim promptly, once it is received with all necessary supporting documentation.

  • You will receive written notice by mail that your claim has been received by the program.
  • Claims are reviewed by the administrators on a rolling basis.
  • When review of your claim is complete, you will be notified of the determination of your claim, or of any deficiencies in documentation or requests for additional documentation, if needed.

When Will Claimants Receive Payment?

Claims are handled by the program administrators on a rolling basis, in the order in which they are received. If your claim is lacking documentation, you will be notified and the claim will be reviewed again when the missing documentation is received by the administrators. Payment will be made to eligible claimants as their claims are processed on a rolling basis.

How Are Payments Made?

If you are determined to be eligible for compensation, payment will be issued by the Independent Compensation Program after:

  • Final processing of your claim form
  • Your acceptance of the amount of compensation and
  • The program’s receipt of your signed release (by which you are barred from filing a lawsuit against any party related to the sexual abuse in the future).

The Independent Compensation Program administrators will authorize payment according to your preference, by check or electronic funds transfer. If your payment is in check form, it will be sent by overnight courier service.

Get In Touch with Our Firm

If you are filing a claim with the Independent Compensation Program, it is in your best interests to have an experienced personal injury lawyer in Orange County by your side to guide you through the process and protect your rights and interests. Contact DiMarco Araujo Montevideo as soon as possible for the experienced legal representation you need.

Covid 19 Update: We are accepting new cases and we handle everything electronically and remotely, so our clients never have to leave their homes.