After Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys, it was Ross Feller Casey that represented the largest number of clients during the civil litigation against the university. The law firm played a crucial role in obtaining the eventual $59.7 million settlement with Penn State on behalf of Sandusky victims, including the seven represented by founding partners Joel J. Feller and Matt Casey. Learn more about the case
Few child sexual abuse cases receive such international attention. But the child abuse lawyers at Ross Feller Casey are committed to providing the same level of expertise, understanding and sensitivity for each case that they pursue. The firm has successfully litigated a series of seven- and eight-figure settlements involving child sexual abuse in a variety of settings.
Most recently, Feller successfully litigated a multi-million settlement on behalf of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a camp counselor at a Pennsylvania summer camp.
Feller also is currently litigating a high-profiled federal lawsuit against the Somerset Area School District alleging officials there failed to prevent a teacher from sexually abusing a young student despite obvious signs over years that he was preying on her. Lean more about the case
The unfortunate reality is that child abuse remains far too prevalent in the United States. In fact, statistics indicate that over 3 million incidents of child abuse are reported each year, and a new occurrence of child abuse is reported every 10 seconds. How common is child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania?
There are several types of child abuse and neglect that these young victims are facing.
Child physical abuse is non-accidental physical injury or trauma. This may include beating, hitting, punching, kicking, biting, burning or any other method that is used to intentionally cause harm to a child. Physical abuse often occurs when parents or caretakers employ physical discipline tactics, and their anger in the moment can surpass their awareness of how badly they are hurting the child.
Child sexual abuse can take the form of touching a child in a sexual manner, non-touching sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. These behaviors may include indecent exposure, intentionally exposing a child to sexual acts, fondling, sexual intercourse or using a child to create pornographic material. While child sexual abuse can occur to varying degrees, all of these offenses can be damaging and traumatic. To make matters even worse, children often know and like the individuals that end up hurting them.
Child abuse can happen anywhere. You have likely heard news stories about children being abused by
- daycare providers
- summer camp counselors
- church or religious workers
- after-school programs
- youth-based organizations
When child abuse occurs outside of the home, both parents and children can be left feeling vulnerable and afraid. Over 10 million children in the United States attend summer camps each year.
While most children will have fun experiences, others will return home emotionally and/or physically damaged after experiencing abuse from those who they should have been able to trust. Daycares and preschools are another area of concern, given that almost one-quarter of children under the age of 5 are in some type of child care. Even when parents thoroughly research and investigate their options, it is easy for abuse to happen when parents cannot be there to see exactly how their children are being cared for.
If an organization entrusted with the care of your loved one neglected its responsibilities, resulting in child abuse, you might need to file a lawsuit. The experienced child abuse lawyers at Ross Feller Casey can help you seek justice. Contact our law firm today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.