Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Lawyers Warn: Don’t Trust the Survivors’ Compensation Program

Published on November 19, 2018

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If you are a victim of abuse by the Pennsylvania clergy and you received an offer package called the “Survivor’s Compensation Program” – also referred to as the “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (“IRRP”) – from the Archdiocese, DO NOT respond to the Archdiocese or it’s attorneys before you speak with our experienced sexual abuse lawyers. It’s likely your claim is worth far more than you are being offered in this settlement package. This would be a FINAL settlement and once again, the Archdiocese will escape being held accountable for the harm they caused to you.

The Archdiocese’s “Survivors’ Compensation Program” will begin paying abuse survivors in 2019. However, agreeing to the program means waiving your right to sue your abuser and the church in court. You have that right as an American. Discussing what to do is very important before making a move. 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.

Why You Should Not Immediately Agree to the Program

By setting up the Survivors’ Compensation Program, Catholic clergy members and their churches are trying to control how they compensate their victims. Abuse survivors who agree to the program will lose their chance to have an experienced sexual abuse lawyer represent them and seek maximum compensation for the pain they have endured.

For some, accepting the offer to join the compensation program could be the right thing to do. For others, it simply won’t be enough. That’s why it’s critical to schedule a meeting with our firm. We can help you weigh your options and decide how to move forward. Our initial consultation is 100% free with no obligation. We will help you determine which move is in your best interest.

Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers Can Help You

Ostroff Injury Law has been working with sexual abuse victims since 2011. We have reviewed the package that abuse survivors received from the Survivors’ Compensation Program. Our lawyers have consulted with victims who received these packages. What we have found is that many survivors are wondering what the right next step is and whether the settlement the Archdiocese has offered is in their best interest. We’ve explained their options, so they could make the most informed decisions possible. Our attorneys do not provide a simple yes-or-no recommendation. Rather, the answer depends on each person’s unique story. We can do the same for you.

Priests across the State of Pennsylvania attacked innocent people, many of whom were children. They ruined lives. It’s time for them to be held accountable for what they have done.

If you received a message about this “Survivors Compensation Program,” contact our firm right away for a free consultation.