New Hampshire Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawyers
Trusted Attorneys Since 1997
Sexual abuse and assault is unthinkable but, sadly, it happens too frequently. It is a breach of trust. It is hard to imagine a more heinous act by an abuser than sexual abuse of a child. Whether an adult or child, victims of such abuse almost always deal with a lifetime of injuries, which can cause problems in relationships, substance abuse, and loss of education. Our New Hampshire sexual abuse lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. are sensitive to the difficulty in pursuing these claims.
Helping Victims Seek Legal Solutions for YDC Injury Claims
After the New Hampshire public was alerted to the terrible crimes committed at the state’s Youth Development Center (YDC), a victim’s compensation fund was created to provide money for the emotional and physical injuries suffered by victims at the hands of YDC employees. The legislature created the $100,000,000 fund in 2022. It will begin accepting claims on January 1, 2023, and will continue for two years, ending December 31, 2024. Compensation levels are set according to the type of abuse claim filed. For example, sexual abuse claims are capped at $1,500,000 and physical abuse claims at $150,000. The purpose of the YDC fund is to compensate victims and provide a quicker alternative to individual lawsuits. The judge overseeing the hundred of cases filed in Court commented that it could take 35 years to get through trials for all the YDC lawsuits.
Any former resident of the YDC with a claim may file for compensation through the fund instead of waiting for court. If you or someone you love was harmed during a period of residency at the New Hampshire Youth Development Center, you should seek the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Our Professional Experience
We have extensive experience in representing sexual abuse victims against the individual abuser, employers, schools and school districts, and religious organizations. Because of this experience, we understand the sensitive and difficult nature of these claims and the long-term trauma caused by the abuse.
We are dedicated to providing victims of sexual abuse or assault with dignity and respect. We know it can be difficult for victims to decide to pursue their legal claims. Because of this, we will fight to protect your interests. Once we are involved, we will be your advocate, provide solutions, and offer you the peace of mind that will help you to bring an end to this process.
You want someone with experience and a proven track record. We think you deserve that and more. Our lawyers include a former state Supreme Court and Superior Court Judge. He actually wrote the New Hampshire Evidence Manual, which is used by judges and lawyers across the state regarding evidence in a court case. So, when we say we have experience, that is the type of experience you need.