Abuse survivors have until November 16 to voice out their long-held pains and file a claim against an organization that seems to compromise on the standards they claim to hold while protecting leaders who are unfit to lead children. If you or your loved ones are a victim of Boy Scout sexual abuse even from decades ago, you can now file a claim for the hurt you have had to endure. Wondering how to go about filing a claim against Boys Scout of America? Here is what you need to know to go about it.
Am I eligible to file a claim against BSA
Yes, you are to file a claim against Boys Scout of America if you have experienced any sexual abuse no matter the time it occurred, the number of times, and the type of abuse. What is more important is that you have suffered torture in the hands of this organization. Hence, whether you have been abuse by a scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, camp directors or employees, instructors, volunteers, or even by another scout member, you have the absolute right to demand justice. Survivors of BSA abuse include any of these but not limited to:
- Those who have experienced sexual abuse regardless of the time and type of abuse
- Those who have experienced other types of abuse which are not sexual including physical and mental abuse such as hazing, bullying and so much more.
- Those who have filed a claim against the BSA but yet to receive any form of compensation
- Those who have never reported the abuse or file a claim against the BSA but entered settlements with the organization or one its insurance companies
- Those who have already reported the case or call any of the BSA hotlines
- Those who have never taken any step towards filing a lawsuits or reporting the case.
What does the filing of the claim entail?
To file a claim against BSA, you will be required to fill out a proof of claim form that will include basic details and must be done correctly before submission. This form will help the court determine the legal status and merit of the claim. This form will include sections like:
- Preference for confidentiality
- Personal identification information
- Abuser’s name
- Type of abuse
- Effect of the abuse and the harm suffered
- Membership history and information
What if I cannot remember all the information?
Forgetting some of the details is possible especially if the abuse has happened a long time ago. Still, go ahead and file a claim even if you can’t recall some details. You might require an attorney to help you with the paperwork and documentation. This is especially important as you are required to give correct and adequate information before submission.
Will my name and information be kept confidential?
Absolutely yes! We understand this a sensitive issue and one that needs to be kept confidential and used appropriately. Personal information given will be shared only with lawyers, specific committees and counselors working on the claims. It will never make it to the eyes of the public.
Do I need a lawyer to file a case against Boy Scout of America?
Anyone can file a claim and you only need to download, fill out paperwork, submit and wait for a reply. Sounds easy? Well, it might not bring out the desired results as Boy Scout of America including the insurance company are only looking out for ways to reduce the amount of compensation or even barred survivors from receiving any.
Hence, you need an experienced attorney who will take up your case, guide, and direct you with documentation and any other process and ensure you submit the right paperwork.
Moreover, you must have heard that the organization recently filed for bankruptcy in February. This does not only place a deadline on when you can file the claim but can also affect the compensation. Therefore, you need an attorney who understands the complex legal process and can ensure you get a fair settlement that you deserve. In simple terms, you cannot do it alone, you need an expert to walk you through the complexities!
How much do I have to pay for filing a claim?
While consulting a lawyer, it is important to look for one that will take up the case on a contingency basis. This means you will not be required to pay any upfront fee and your lawyer is paid only after you receive financial compensation. Plus, the consultation is most times free and you might not be required to pay for it.
We understand how much this evil act has taken a toll on the mental, emotional, and even physical well being of survivors. However, remember that you only have until November 16 to file a claim. That is why there is no better time than now to seek for Boy Scouts sexual abuse help and fight for justice. With decades of experience in handling sexual abuse cases with powerful organizations, we are here to help you navigate the process easily and win.