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Chicago, IL Sexual Abuse Victim Lawyers

Dedicated to the Victims of Exploitation and Abuse in Illinois and Nationwide

Chicago, IL Sexual Abuse Victim Lawyers

Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. is devoted to helping survivors of sexual abuse, especially those who were sexually abused as children or as senior citizens. Among the results, our Chicago sexual abuse attorneys have obtained for our clients are:

  • $16,500,000, from the Irish Christian Brothers, a portion of which will be awarded to over 30 victims we represent in the Chicago area.
  • $12,000,000, from the Archdiocese of Chicago, for sexual and physical abuse of three children by a foster parent supervised by Catholic Charities of Chicago.
  • $3,750,000, from a national hotel and nursing home management company, for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease who was sexually abused by an employee of the nursing home.
  • $1,000,000, after a jury verdict against a Kane County, Illinois, nursing home, on behalf of a 90-year-old woman who was raped at the nursing home by an employee with a criminal background.

HM&M has assisted with many sexual abuse cases including, but not limited to, sexual abuse by priests and church officials, sexual abuse in nursing homes, and sexual abuse of Boy Scouts. We have obtained successful results and more because we have the resources and experience necessary to prosecute the large and powerful institutions that often are more concerned with protecting their reputations than the people in their care, including:

  • the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • the Boy Scouts of America
  • the Diocese of Joliet
  • the Irish Christian Brothers
  • Nursing homes and hospital organizations including Manor Care, Alden and Advocate Health
"I honestly, to the core of my soul, believe that had we had other attorneys, our outcome would not have been in our favor—not by any stretch of the imagination. In timing, monetarily, emotionally, we would not have had near the outcome."

The evidence keeps building about how much these institutions knew about the pedophiles in their midst. Here in Chicago the Archdiocese has released “documents relating to the sexual misconduct of 30 priests of the Archdiocese.” We have made them available for you to read. Click here to read the Archdiocese of Chicago Secret Files on each priest.

Any contact with our office is considered strictly confidential, and we pride ourselves on counseling our clients on all of their options, not just their legal options. Please contact us at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. if you think we can help you. REMEMBER—WE CAN PURSUE YOUR CASE AND STILL KEEP YOUR IDENTITY CONFIDENTIAL.

If you survived abuse, act now. Even if the abuse occurred long ago, you may still be able to pursue claims against the organizations involved in the abuse. Contact an experienced Chicago sexual abuse attorney immediately.

A Sample of Our Successes

  • $16,500,000 - Settlement from the Irish Christian Brothers for sexual abuse of students in their high schools, a portion of which will be awarded to over 30 victims we represent in the Chicago area.
  • $12,000,000 - Settlement for three children neglected and sexually abused in foster care when the agency placing them in the foster home failed to monitor their care and failed to act upon various instances of suspicious behavior.
  • $3,750,000 - Settlement for an elderly woman with alzheimer's Disease who was sexually abused by an employee of her nursing home.
  • $1,000,000 - Verdict and settlement for a 90 year old woman sexually abused by an employee of her nursing home, Ashwood Healthcare Center in Elgin, Illinois.

Below are descriptions of the types of sexual abuse cases we handle:

Clergy Sex Abuse Article Published in Illinois Bar Journal

Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna recently wrote an article about Illinois law on clergy sexual abuse entitled, “Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Statute of Limitations and Repose Challenges,” which was published in the November 2012 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal. The article discusses a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision in a clergy sex abuse case and its implications for attorneys of child sex abuse victims.

In Wisniewski v. Diocese of Belleville, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a Catholic Diocese’s fraudulent concealment of abuse by its priest tolled the statutes of limitation and repose. In other words, a now middle-aged victim of child sex abuse could still bring his claim against the diocese, even though a great deal of time had passed since the abuse, because the diocese prevented the man from discovering the abuse.

In their article, Mr. Hurley and Mr. McKenna review the Wisniewski case in depth, give an overview of Illinois law on clergy sex abuse, and provide guidance for other attorneys handling clergy sex abuse cases. Mr. Hurley and Mr. McKenna hope that this article helps attorneys continue to challenge the unfair impediments to courageous victims of childhood sexual abuse pursuing their claims in Illinois courts.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or are inquiring on behalf of a friend or family member who has suffered a sexual assault, contact Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. at 312.553.4900 immediately to confidentially discuss these claims.

For a free consultation, contact Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312-553-4900 or fill out our online form to have a lawyer contact you.

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