Over the last five years alone, the experienced lawyers at Ross Feller Casey have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of their clients, including numerous successful lawsuits involving the sexual abuse of children, making the firm the recognized leader for such cases.
After former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys, it was Ross Feller Casey that represented the largest number of victims in civil litigation against the university. The firm played a crucial role in obtaining the eventual $60 million global settlement with Penn State on behalf of Sandusky victims, including those represented by founding partners Joel J. Feller and Matt Casey.
Few child sexual abuse cases receive such international attention. But the child sexual abuse lawyers at Ross Feller Casey are committed to providing the same level of expertise, understanding, and sensitivity for each case they pursue.
The firm has successfully litigated a series of seven- and eight-figure settlements involving child sexual abuse in various settings.
Feller recovered $5 million on behalf of a former Somerset (Pa.) Area School District student who was sexually abused by a teacher starting when she was 14 years old. In the lawsuit, Feller alleged that top district officials knew of the abuse and did nothing to prevent it.
In another recent case, Feller successfully litigated a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a camp counselor at a Pennsylvania summer camp.
Ross Feller Casey also is currently litigating several high-profile sexual abuse lawsuits against school districts across Pennsylvania.
In one case, Casey alleges that administrators in the Tredyffrin / Easttown School District and the Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., created a culture of tolerance that allowed a 67-year-old instructional aide to sexually abuse a student starting when she was 15. Casey filed a federal lawsuit in the case in 2017.
But as detailed by The Legal Intelligencer, a recent change in Pennsylvania law allowed Casey to file a separate lawsuit in the matter in state court in April 2022. Casey told the newspaper that the new law “opens the state courthouse doors to plaintiffs who would otherwise have no remedy under the law unless there was a civil rights claim, which is a much more difficult burden of proof to meet.”
Unfortunately, child abuse remains far too prevalent in the United States. 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.
There are several types of abuse and neglect that these young child victims face.
Child physical abuse is a non-accidental physical injury or trauma. This may include beating, hitting, punching, kicking, biting, burning, or any other method that is used to cause harm to a child intentionally. Physical abuse often occurs when parents or caretakers employ physical discipline tactics, and their anger at 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, sexual assault, 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 childhood sexual abuse can occur to varying degrees and may not always include sexual violence, 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. These child sexual abuse victims may not understand that these individuals are sexual predators.
Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere. You have likely heard news stories about children being abused by:
When child sexual 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. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common result for a sexual abuse survivor, no matter their age.
Daycares and preschools are other areas of concern, given that almost one-quarter of children under the age of 5 are in some childcare. Even when parents thoroughly research and investigate their options, it is easy for abuse to happen when parents cannot 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 sexual abuse, you might need to file a lawsuit. The experienced child sexual 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. As with all our cases, you will not have to pay anything until a financial recovery is made in your case.