Having handled thousands of sexual abuse claims, firms like Hurley McKenna & Mertz can tackle your case in a timely manner, but you must act fast to get the closure and compensation you deserve.
For helpful information on what you can do to get your claim in before the deadline, continue reading below.
Contact a trusted attorney to discuss your case.
While some victims may choose to fill out the proof of claims form on their own, a trusted attorney or social worker can help you determine the legal merit of your case, which ultimately speeds up the process. This is critical for victims who are unsure if their situation is categorized as abuse.
A consultation generally takes an hour or less depending on what is prepared ahead of time. During the consultation, the attorney will ask a series of questions for you to answer based on the various sections of the form.
Questions may include:
- Did you experience sexual abuse while a member of BSA?
- Did you experience physical or emotional abuse?
- Did you file a sexual abuse claim against BSA previously?
- Did you report sexual abuse while in BSA to law enforcement?
A sexual abuse attorney can help you understand each of the sections, and advise you on what type of information and documentation are most beneficial to include when filling out the form.
It’s important to note that some attorneys take on cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning they will not charge fees upfront for helping you. It’s only after you reach a settlement that the attorney receives any form of payment.
Fill out the official proof of claims form.
Next, you’ll want to fill out the official proof of claims form. Again, we encourage you to seek the support of an experienced attorney, considering a single mistake on the form may result in a barred claim or reduced compensation.
Not to mention, an attorney understands the ways in which mediators and trustees evaluate claims forms, and will work with you to ensure the form is free of error.
They’ll gather as much information as possible to ensure your claim is accurate, which gives victims peace of mind, knowing they carefully filled out the form and filed it with the correct parties.
Let Us Help You Get the Closure and Compensation You Deserve
If you have not yet filed a sexual abuse claim against BSA, you must act fast. We understand taking action isn’t always easy, but the sooner you can come forward, the better. The experts at Hurley McKenna & Mertz have represented more than 4,000 former Boy Scouts who are victims of sexual abuse.
Contact us today. Your consultation is absolutely free.