If you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Tacoma, Washington, our lawyers are here to help you understand your rights, explore your options, and take legal action. We believe in getting justice for survivors of sex abuse, especially when it was perpetrated by a trusted religious leader, Catholic school teacher, nun, or another person affiliated with the Church.
A Tacoma clergy sexual abuse attorney from Jackman Law Firm represents survivors in Tacoma and other nearby areas. Our Tacoma sexual abuse lawyers are reviewing cases for survivors now. You can contact our team today for a free, confidential case consultation.
What Damages Can a Clergy Sex Abuse Lawyer in Tacoma, WA, Seek?
We get justice for survivors of clergy sex abuse by holding the at-fault parties accountable and recovering compensation for our client. We build a compelling case against the perpetrator and/or the Church or institution that allowed the abuse to occur. By holding them accountable and making them pay for the harm they caused, this could help prevent future abuse.
Our clergy sex abuse attorney can identify, document, and value the damages our clients endured because of the abuse they experienced. Some examples of recoverable damages in these cases include:
- Past, present, and future medical care for physical injuries
- Past, present, and future mental health care costs
- Past and present income losses
- Reduced ability to work and earn
- Past, present, and future emotional distress and other types of pain and suffering
For a free legal consultation with a clergy abuse lawyer serving Tacoma, call 206-558-5555
How Can a Tacoma Clergy Sex Abuse Lawyer Help?
At Jackman Law Firm, our attorneys are now handling Tacoma clergy sex abuse cases. We represent survivors who need our help pursuing a case against the Archdiocese, school, or another institution to ensure this does not happen to others in the future.
When you trust us with your case, you can trust our Tacoma personal injury lawyers to put your best interests first. We will take the necessary steps to protect your well-being and help you navigate the legal process as smoothly as possible. We understand how difficult this can be for survivors, and you will have the compassionate support of our team every step of the way.
Our lawyers are available for our clients 24/7/365. We know it is important for you to get answers to your questions quickly and to have concerns addressed. You can always expect us to return phone calls or emails the same day if you miss us in the office.
We have a no-fee unless we win policy. We do not charge our clients upfront fees, track hours worked, or otherwise, worry about the time and resources we spend on a case. We work based on contingency. This means we get paid a portion of the money we recover in your case.
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How a Tacoma Clergy Sex Abuse Attorney Will Identify the Liable Parties
Generally, we file Tacoma clergy abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Seattle or another religious institution. Holding the perpetrator who abused you legally responsible may be possible through a criminal case or, sometimes, included in a civil case. However, the individual is unlikely to have the money to pay for your current and future damages.
At the same time, there are often reasons to believe the Church knew about the abuse, failed to protect program participants or members of the congregation, or even actively helped to hide allegations of ongoing abuse. By building a case against the church institution where the abuse occurred, it may be possible to recover compensation for your expenses and losses.
A Clergy Sex Abuse Attorney in Tacoma, WA, Knows How to Build a Case
Our clergy sex abuse attorneys know how to develop compelling cases against the liable parties. Roman Catholic parishes in Tacoma fall under the oversight of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Washington State also has two other dioceses: Spokane and Yakima. We help our clients determine which diocese is likely responsible and build a strong case to show the role they played. This case often relies on evidence that includes:
- The survivor’s own deposition or other testimony
- Any correspondence between the parties
- Any documented reports of the abuse to the parish or diocese
- Documentation of damages
Often, there are numerous complaints against the same abuser. This supports our clients’ cases and leads to each diocese creating a “credibly accused” list of clergy and other affiliated individuals. You can check these on your own based on where your abuse occurred: Archdiocese of Seattle, Diocese of Spokane, or Diocese of Yakima.
If the clergy member or members who abused you are not yet on this list, your case could be the one that puts them there. Our attorneys can connect you with resources for clergy abuse survivors—including therapy and support from other survivors—while we investigate what happened, build a strong case, and seek compensation and justice for you.
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When to Call a Tacoma Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorney
While it often takes survivors years to recognize what happened to them and the damage it caused, time is of the essence in Washington State. While many states have expanded the time survivors can take to sue or eliminated the deadlines entirely, you still have a limited time in Tacoma.
For child survivors of sexual abuse who are now adults, RCW 4.16.340 ensures you have until you turn 18 and then gives you some time to discover the harm that occurred. If you were abused by a clergy member after you turned 18, you have a limited time to act. We recommend calling us as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Explore Your Options With a Tacoma Clergy Sex Abuse Lawyer
Jackman Law Firm provides free, confidential consultations for clergy abuse survivors in Tacoma, Washington. Our Tacoma clergy sex abuse lawyers are representing survivors harmed by priests, teachers, nuns, and others affiliated with the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Contact us today for your free consultation with our team.