Attorney for Sexual Abuse Victims of Father John McLoughlin
Father John McLoughlin is one of many priests accused of committing sexual abuse while working for the Diocese of Brooklyn. It is unclear how many victims Father McLoughlin abused, but it is clear that he should face justice for his crimes against children. If you or a family member was sexually abused by Father John McLoughlin, you should consult with an experienced Brooklyn sexual abuse attorney today.
At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, we recognize the terrible effects of sexual abuse against a person, and we are dedicated to helping victims of abuse pursue compensation for their injuries. Our firm has worked residents of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and across the State of New York and we would be proud to work with you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP to (718) 843-0300, or contact us online.
Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John McLoughlin
Father John McLoughlin was a member of the Diocese of Brooklyn prior to passing away on August 1994. Father McLoughlin began working as a clergy member in 1966 at St. Mary’s Nativity Church in Queens, New York. It was during this time that Father Mcloughlin was accused of sexually abusing two brothers. The brothers alleged that Father McLoughlin took not only abused them at a rectory of the church but also at an unnamed residence in Rocky Point.
Father McLoughlin also spent time at many other churches like Our Lady of Mercy and St. Sebastian. If you were a victim of sexual abuse committed by Father McLoughlin, now is the time to pursue your claim.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit for sexual abuse, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer.
How Vicarious Liability Works
As Father John McLoughlin passed away on August 1994, you may be wondering how you can file an injury lawsuit to hold him accountable for his actions. While a lawsuit cannot be filed directly against Father McLoughlin, it is possible for a plaintiff to file a lawsuit against their employer due to the doctrine of vicarious liability.
Vicarious liability allows a plaintiff to file a lawsuit against not only a person that injured them but also against the employer of the person that caused their injury. To successfully make an argument for vicarious liability, an employee must commit an illicit act within the scope of their employment. For example, if Father McLoughlin sexually assaulted a child while working at Our Lady of Mercy, the diocese could be held accountable for McLoughlin’s actions.
If you are unsure about whether your potential lawsuit can trigger the doctrine of vicarious liability, our firm can help you determine that issue.
New York Child Victims Act
The New York Child Victims Act (CVA) was signed into law to combat the rampant allegations of sexual abuse against the church and for other reasons. The CVA increases the statute of limitations for lawsuits that allege sexual abuse. The statute of limitations determines the amount of time that a plaintiff has to file a particular type of lawsuit.
The CVA increased the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits until the victim reaches the age of 55. The State of New York likely believed this was a necessary change because every person will not process the trauma of sexual abuse in the same manner. This means that some victims may not be aware that they were sexually abused until later in life.
It is also important to note that if the statute of limitations had already expired on a plaintiff’s case, the CVA would briefly extend the deadline for one year. Specifically, a plaintiff would have one year from August 14, 2019, to file a claim against their abuser. If the statute of limitations had run on your case, you should not waste time in pursuing the compensation that you deserve.
Experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted clergy member can be a difficult and traumatic experienced to overcome. However, sexual abusers should not be permitted to continue their life in peace while their victims live with the pain of their actions. Our firm is ready to help you confront your sexual abuser.
Work with an Experienced Sexual Abuse Injury Lawyer You Can Trust
If you or a family member was the victim of sexual abuse, contact an experienced NYC sexual abuse lawyer today. At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, our personal injury lawyers possess a wealth of experience litigating a wide range of claims, and we are prepared to use this knowledge to fight for you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300.