Catholic Church Sex Abuse Survivors’ Compensation Program
The Pennsylvania Archdiocese has created the “Survivors’ Compensation Program” – also referred to as the “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (“IRRP”) – in the wake of the grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse in the state. If you are a victim of abuse by a clergy member and received a notice about the program, DO NOT respond until speaking with our experienced sexual abuse lawyers. There are a few facts you need to know first.
Accepting the Program Removes Your Right to Sue
First and foremost, accepting the offer of the Survivors’ Compensation Program will waive your right to sue your abuser and the church in court. Forever. In other words, if you agree to the program, you can never have an experienced attorney represent you and seek justice for the pain you have endured. Instead, you will get whatever the Archdiocese deems fair. We at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers do not like the sound of that deal.
Abuse victims have contacted our firm for help in understanding the compensation program. After reviewing the Archdiocese’s notice, it is clear to us that each victim must speak with an experienced attorney before making a decision about their next steps. For many, filing a lawsuit will be the only way to hold their abusers fully accountable for their heinous actions.
As the “Survivor Compensation Program” documents confirm, you have until November of 2019 before you have to accept the Archdiocese settlement offer. Act now by contacting our experienced sexual abuse lawyers to allow enough time to consider your options and to adequately protect your rights. This will be your only opportunity to hold the Archdiocese accountable for these atrocious acts.
Contact Us Before Accepting Compensation
If you or your child is a victim of abuse by a clergy member, contact our firm right away to learn more about your options. You get one shot at obtaining justice from your abuser. It’s important to make the most informed decision possible. Call today to speak with our experienced lawyers.