Partner Andy Freeman appeared on WBAL-TV, encouraging child sexual abuse survivors to file claims against the Archdiocese of Baltimore by the deadline of the end of the day on May 31.

Andy Freeman, partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, appeared on WBAL-TV to encourage child sexual abuse survivors to file a claim against the Archdiocese of Baltimore for child sexual abuse committed by priests, teachers, and others associated with the Archdiocese before the end of the day on Friday, May 31.

While 500 people have submitted a claim so far, Andy believes there are many more survivors who are entitled to compensation and should file a claim as soon as possible. 

“It’s horrific, it’s overwhelming,” Andy said on WBAL-TV. “We’re sure that there are hundreds and hundreds more survivors of abuse who are out there who may still be thinking about filing claims.”

After May 31, the Church’s bankruptcy case will proceed to a second phase, in which assets available to be distributed to the claimants, including insurance policies, will be identified and the relative values of the claims will be evaluated. Andy and Brown, Goldstein & Levy represent Paul Jan Zdunek, the chairman of the Creditors’ Committee – the seven survivors who represent the interests of all of the survivor-claimants in the bankruptcy case.

“Everybody is entitled to some compensation if they were abused,” Andy said on WBAL-TV. “Some were abused more horrifically than others. Some people have suffered far greater damage than others, and those severe cases will get a larger slice of the pie.”

Claims can be filed confidentially on a simple form, with additional details (also confidential) filed later. Although Maryland recently eliminated the statute of limitations on filing claims for childhood sexual abuse, there is a deadline for filing claims in the bankruptcy court, after which past claims against the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be barred.

Watch the news clip here:

Learn more about BGL’s child sexual abuse practice area here.


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