New Hampshire Youth Development Center Injuries
Compassionate Legal Assistance for Victims of Traumatic Crimes
After terrible crimes were committed at the New Hampshire Youth Development Center (YDC) in Manchester, Governor Sununu signed a law creating a victims’ relief fund to compensate the hundreds of victims who suffered horrific sexual and physical assault while in the facility. The fund was created using $100,000,000 funded by the government to provide compensation for those directly harmed by crimes carried out by YDC employees. Victims hoping to file for compensation may want to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney to ensure their claim is handled correctly.
Who Can File a Claim?
The YDC fund was created to compensate victims who suffered sexual or physical abuse while in custody at the state's youth development facility. If you were harmed while a resident of the New Hampshire YDC, you can file a claim from the fund.
What are Compensation Amounts?
Victim compensation levels are determined by the abuse claim filed with the YDC fund. The fund differentiates claims into two categories: sexual abuse and physical abuse. Those who experienced sexual abuse can be compensated up to $1,500,000, and those who experienced physical abuse can file a claim and be compensated up to $150,000.
What is the Filing Process for the YDC Fund?
Beginning November 1, 2022, the Claims Administrator for the YDC fund will publish a public notice alerting claimants to all pertinent details. Claims will be accepted on or after January 1, 2023. There will be a two-year window to file a claim, with the filing period ending December 31, 2024. If you and the state cannot agree on a negotiated amount you can have a hearing before the claims administrator, but you cannot in turn go to court.
How to Choose Between an Individual Case and YDC Fund Arbitration?
Both processes have benefits and drawbacks, and there isn’t a perfect answer for victims. Many victims who have time to wait for compensation may decide to take the chance with individual lawsuits. Court cases can take many years to be resolved, and the outcome could be worse than the compensation limits offered through the YDC Fund arbitration. Many victims and advocates see the creation of the YDC fund as a hopeful sign. Many complicated issues must be resolved in a case of this magnitude, and working with a legal professional who can review the details of your case is the best way to decide how to handle your claim.
Thoughtful and Measured Representation
At Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C., we are dedicated to working on behalf of victims as they seek justice and compensation for their losses. If you or someone you love experienced abuse while a resident of the New Hampshire YDC, contact our office immediately! We can review the details of your claim and help you seek justice for yourself or your loved one.