Right to Sue The Boy Scouts for Molestation
Protect Your Son's Legal Rights with an Experienced Boy Scout Sexual
One of the largest organizations for youth in the United States is the
Boy Scouts of America. According to the organization, the Boy Scouts have
approximately 2.1 million youth participants as well as 1 million adults
who support the programming through volunteerism.
Unfortunately, not all adults with an association with the Boy Scouts have
acted in a lawful and appropriate manner in regard to the young people
in the organization. Instances of Boy Scout sexual abuse have caused serious
harm and damage to boys across the United States.
The Duty of Care Boy Scouts Owe to Youth
When it comes to an allegation of the sexual abuse of a young in the Boy
Scouts, the perpetrator is not the only person who can be targeted for
a civil lawsuit. The Boy Scouts as an organization is likely to bear responsibility
when it comes to injuries and damages sustained by a participant in Boy
Scouts at the hands of an adult associated with the organization. The
Boy Scouts of America as a legal entity has a recognized responsibility
to take all reasonable steps to keep youth in their charge safe. This
includes ensuring that young people in the organization are not sexually
abused by adults associated with its programming.
A breach of that responsibility exposes the organization itself to liability
for injuries and damages caused to a young person because of the illicit
misconduct of an adult involved in
Scouting. Both the perpetrator and the organization itself can be sued
to recovery compensation for injuries, damages, and losses sustained by
a young person who is the victim of sexual abuse.
Statute of Limitations on Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Strictly speaking from a legal standpoint, a civil lawsuit brought because
a child was sexually abused by an adult is considered a personal injury
case. The state of Texas maintains a law called the statute of limitations.
This law governs the general timeframe in which a personal injury lawsuit
must be filed.
The law has expanded the timeframe in which a lawsuit to seek compensation
arising out of case in which a child was sexually abused. A victim of
child sexual abuse can sometimes file a lawsuit five years after he or
she reaches the age of 18.
Despite the more expansive statute of limitations associated with child
sexual abuse cases, a Boy Scout who has been sexually abused can pursue
a lawsuit even while as a manner. In such a situation, the case technically
is brought by an adult on his behalf, typically that adult being a parent.
A Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyer at The Doan Law Firm can provide more
information on when and how to bring this type of lawsuit. A lawyer from
the firm can be reached by calling 800-349-0000.
Compensation in a Boy Scout Sexual Molestation Case
The nature of compensation received in a Boy Scout sexual molestation case
depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the matter. With that
said, common areas in which financially recovery is obtained in this type
of claim include mental anguish, pain and suffering, and physical injury.
Oftentimes, punitive damages become an issue in a Boy Scout sex abuse lawsuit.
Punitive damages are awarded when a wrongdoing engaged in particularly
egregious conduct that gave rise to the breach of a duty of care and associated
injuries, losses, and damages. This represents compensation paid above
and beyond the other losses
Because an adult associated with the Boy Scouts is in a particular position
of trust in regard to boys in his charge, making a case for punitive damages
is a real possibility in a Boy Scouts sexual molestation lawsuit. Punitive
damages are awarded in some cases when the conduct of a wrongdoer is considered
to be particularly egregious.
The Largest Punitive Damage Award in History
In 2010, the Boy Scouts were it with the largest punitive damage award
in a child abuse case in U.S. history. The jury in the case of Lewis v.
Boys Scouts of America in Oregon awarded $18.5 million. In this case,
the Boy Scouts permitted a serial child molester, whose conduct was brought
to the attention of the organization, to continue to serve as a Scout Master.
Retain a Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Lawyer
The first step in protecting the rights of a child sexually abused through
his affiliation with the Boy Scouts, is scheduling an initial consultation
with a Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyer on the legal team at The Doan Law
Firm. A skilled, compassionate, tenacious attorney from The Doan Law Firm
can be reached through 800-349-0000. The phone line is open around the
clock, every single day of the year.
There is no charge for an initial consultation with a sexual abuse attorney
from The Doan Law Firm. During a preliminary appointment, a lawyer will
explain different tactics that are available to obtain judgment in a case
involving a victimized child.