Boy Scout Abuse Attorney

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused as a minor by a leader of the BSA, you do not have to go through this alone. Contact The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego, California to receive reliable and experienced legal counsel.

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BOY SCOUT ABUSE ATTORNEY IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

The Deadline to File a Claim is November 16th

If you believe you have been the victim of abuse by a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the last day to file your abuse claim is November 16th, 2020. In order to be eligible for compensation through the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy proceedings, all claims must be filed on or before November 16th, 2020. For decades the Boy Scouts of America was a household name, known for teaching ethics, morals, and servitude to young boys through volunteer work and outdoor-based activities. However, over the past few years, it has emerged that the BSA has allegedly covered-up thousands of child sex abuse cases and complaints. The Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy proceedings claims process allows persons of both sexual, verbal, and physical abuse to file a claim.

Understanding the Claims process

If you have been victimized or subjected to verbal or physical abuse from a leader within the Boy Scouts of America, you should file a claim before the deadline. Those who should file a claim include, but are not limited to, survivors who have:

  • In the past have called the Scouts First hotline to report abuse
  • Have received settlement agreements, but believe they have additional claims to report
  • Never reported abuse, filed a lawsuit, or entered into a settlement
  • Experienced abuse, even if the claim is barred under the statutes of limitations

Prior to seeking retribution, a victim must fill out one of the two proof of claim forms. For those who are survivors of sexual abuse, you must fill out the Sexual Abuse Survivor Proof of Claim form. Those who have experienced other types of abuse, including emotional abuse, physical abuse, hazing, or bullying — you must fill out a General Proof of Claim form. These forms can help an experienced attorney determine the legal merit of your claim. The claims process will also include a series of questions to help determine when, where, and how the nature of the abuse occurred. If you file a claim, you will be encouraged to include any details you can remember about the abuse that occurred. The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego, California can provide reliable legal guidance and support to help strengthen your claim.

These forms can help an experienced attorney determine the legal merit of your claim. The claims process will also include a series of questions to help determine when, where, and how the nature of the abuse occurred. If you file a claim, you will be encouraged to include any details you can remember about the abuse that occurred. The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego, California can provide reliable legal guidance and support to help strengthen your claim.

Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Filing and What It Means for Victims of Abuse.

The BSA filed for bankruptcy in early February 2020. This was after years of abuse claims not being handled properly and action not being taken by the organization. After paying more than $150 million in settlements and legal costs between 2017-2019, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in hopes of consolidating the cases against them and minimizing the financial damage to the organization. Sadly, filing for bankruptcy gave the Boy Scouts of America the advantage of asking a judge to issue a "bar" date for filing of new claims, which in turn gave victims less time to file their claims.

At the time the organization filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy they were facing over 275 abuse lawsuits. Since filing for bankruptcy, the organization has the potential to face over 1,400 cases nationwide. In the case of the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy proceedings, the survivors who have filed claims are considered unsecured creditors, and the Boy Scouts are considered the debtors. As debtors, the BSA has the financial duty to pay these debts to their victims. It is crucial that survivors of abuse submit their claims on or prior to November 16th to ensure that they are included in any settlement issued by the Boy Scouts of America during the bankruptcy proceedings.

Get the Legal Counsel & Support You Deserve

With over 40 years of experience, the Law Offices of Elliott Kanter has the skill and know-how to defend your case. Contact our Southern California office for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Through dedicated advocacy, our attorneys can help you work towards receiving compensation for your pain. Don't let time run out getting the justice you deserve, tell one of our San Diego attorneys your story, and we will provide you with expert legal guidance.

Contact A San Diego Boy Scout Abuse Attorney

If you were abused during your time as a member of the Boy Scouts of America, you deserve to tell your story and seek justice. Over the years, many survivors of abuse have come forward to speak their truth about the pain they have endured at the hands of the Boy Scouts of America. Don't go through this experience alone. You deserve to have a compassionate and experienced attorney who can assist you through every step of the claims process. Call the Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego, California today to schedule a consultation.

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