Sexual abuse and particularly childhood sexual abuse is a real and prevalent epidemic in today’s society. One in five children will be sexually assaulted before they turn age 18. Most commonly, the abuser is someone close to the child and a figure of authority. While predators are usually prosecuted under criminal statutes, civil action for damages is an alternative or additional recourse that a victim can pursue. If the perpetrator has gained access to the victim while acting in an official capacity for an employer, such as a school, church, or sports league, it is very possible that the employer can be found negligent and held liable for damages, for failing to adequately protect the public. The team at Lichtman & Associates is working to hold these perpetrators and the organizations they represent, accountable for their actions. Representing our victim clients, we seek-out justice and financial compensation.
There is no better example than the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which took place at Penn State, located in State College PA. The Catholic Church scandal is another common example of child sexual abuse. Both scandals resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements. While our clients focus on the healing process, we go to work in the courtroom. Aggressive litigators who achieve top results, our team will work tirelessly to see our clients generously compensated and justice served.
Lichtman & Associates has extensive knowledge and experience handling child sexual abuse cases. Founding partner, Benjamin Lichtman participated in the representation of young victims in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal and ESPN Radio recently interviewed Lichtman & Associates regarding the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
In these child abuse situations, an employer (such as a school) can be held responsible for the actions of its employee or representative. Furthermore, improper security or failure to report suspected abuse can give rise to a child abuse lawsuit.
It is important to contact a child abuse attorney as soon as the child sexual abuse is discovered.
To better serve our clients across the state, we have offices located in Allentown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, and State College.