Sexual abuse is a very sensitive area of the law in Chicago, Illinois, especially when children are involved. These cases can include sexual abuse by a clergy member, school teacher or school staff member, a coach, or a family member. Sexual abuse also can involve elderly victims abused by nursing home staff members. You may need the help of an experienced Chicago sexual abuse and assault lawyer to help you through this sensitive and complex legal issue. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. often handle these types of sensitive sexual abuse cases and may be able to get you compensation.
The growing and well publicized issue in this area of the law is church sex abuse cases in Illinois and nationwide. These cases can unfortunately cause life changing psychological and emotional damages. Sexual abuse can have a variety effects on a child, ranging from dramatic behavioral changes to poor performance in school. These effects can be a permanent and ongoing issue for the rest of a person's life.
When our Chicago, IL based law firm works on a sex abuse case, we often employ psychologists to interview and evaluate the victim. This helps us determine whether sexual abuse actually took place, and it also gives us a better idea as to potential damages.
In addition to the actual abuser, defendants can include churches, schools and day care centers were sex abuse occurred due to unsafe conditions, insufficient background checks or hiring practices that led to the abuse. Defendants may also include hospitals and nursing homes where insufficient safety practices led to abuse.
According to the federal government, victims of sexual abuse are three times more likely to suffer from depression, four times more likely contemplate suicide, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs. Further, 15% of sex abuse victims are under the age of 12, 44% of victims are under the age of 18, and 93% of children sexually abused know their attacker.Sexual Abuse Case Settlements in Chicago
Our law firm is currently working on several high-profile sexual abuse cases in the Chicago area, including claims against the Chicago archdiocese.
$3,200,000 - In 2011 Abels & Annes, P.C. working with co-counsel, settled a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal George, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago involving sexual abuse of a minor boy by former Rev. Daniel McCormack in the amount of $3.2 million dollars, $300,000 of which was placed in escrow for services. The identity of the plaintiff and his family remain confidential. We are now working on several other McCormack cases.
$2,600,000 - Abels & Annes, P.C. helped reach this settlement while working with co-counsel in 2016. To protect our client's identity, the plaintiff's name was kept confidential during the proceedings of the claim and through settlement.
If you or a loved one have an issue to discuss regarding a church sex abuse case or any other type of sexual abuse case in the Chicago area, request a Free Sexual Abuse Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a sexual abuse lawyer now.