Yes, the child sex abuse victim does have the legal right to file a civil lawsuit against the sex abuser and seek money damages for the physical and psychological injuries. There are specific time limitations for filing such a case and it is important for a parent or guardian to contact our office as soon as possible to avoid missing these crucial deadlines.
Yes. The well-publicized $500 million settlement was the proposed total settlement payout by Michigan State University for the victims of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar.
Of that amount, $425 million is committed to 323 women who have already filed lawsuits. The other $75 million is for victims who have not yet come forward or joined an existing lawsuit.
Many victims have not come forward for a number of reasons, including embarrassment, fear, and other completely understandable psychological reasons. The agreed upon settlement recognizes this fact and allows victims who have previously remained anonymous to come forward and share in the settlement.
Because the total settlement funds have already been determined by Michigan State officials, victims who have not participated in the lawsuit who wish to receive compensation should hire a lawyer as soon as possible to pursue a lawsuit. This will allow them to participate in the settlement before all of the funds are claimed by other victims.
Time is of the essence so any Larry Nassar abuse victims that have not hired a lawyer should do so immediately. Our experienced attorneys represent sex abuse victims under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs whatsoever until you receive a settlement. It costs no money to speak to a lawyer or start on your case, so call our law firm today to speak to an attorney about your case.
Michigan State University has agreed to pay a $500 million settlement to the victims of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar.
Of that total, the amount of $425 million is committed to 323 women who have already filed lawsuits. The other $ 5 million is for victims who have not yet come forward or joined an existing lawsuit.
The court has appointed a mediator to evaluate each victim’s claim individually and then make a recommendation as to the amount of settlement for each person. Every victim has a different story and different damages so it is necessary to determine the fair amount of compensation for each claimant, rather than determining a set dollar amount that is the same for every victim.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar and have not yet filed a lawsuit or hired an attorney, you should do so immediately if you have decided to pursue your claims. This will allow you to participate in the remaining settlement money before all of the funds are claimed by other victims.
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