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Boy Scout Abuse Claims: Updated FAQs

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BSA Abuse FAQ


The Deadline to File a Boy Scout Abuse Claim Is Less than a Month Away

The deadline for filing a claim against The Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) is fast approaching on November 16, 2020. As a follow up to our previous BSA Abuse Claims FAQ, we’ve put together some answers to additional questions we’ve heard from our clients.

In our original FAQ, we answered the following:

We have expanded this FAQ to include answers to the following questions to serve as a comprehensive guide for anyone contemplating reporting an abuse claim:

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What happens if I do not file a BSA abuse claim by November 16, 2020?

If you do not file a claim by the November 16 deadline, you will not be eligible to receive compensation from the trust fund established through the Boy Scouts bankruptcy.  Typically, old claims can be barred by the statute of limitations because there are certain time restrictions on when a person is allowed to file a claim or lawsuit.  In this case, because of the BSA bankruptcy proceedings, the statute of limitations bar has been lifted. From now until November 16, abuse victims who may have previously missed filing deadlines due to the statute of limitations, are once again eligible to receive compensation from the BSA fund.  This means claims can be made no matter how long ago the abuse occurred and the filing deadline is 5PM (Eastern time) November 16, 2020.

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse while a Boy Scout, contact the experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at The Kryder Law Group.


Can I still file a claim against the Boy Scouts if I did not receive any medical care or counseling for the abuse?

Yes, you can still file an abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America and potentially recover even if you did not receive medical care, treatment, or counseling. If you file and claim and did receive medical care, you will need to identify the provider, give a description of the care, and the time frame of treatment.  Whether you received medical treatment or not, if you suffered abuse, you should contact The Kryder Law Group immediately to discuss your rights.

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Can I file a claim if I did not report the abuse?

Yes, when filing an abuse claim against the BSA, there is no requirement that the abuse was previously reported.  You are still eligible to recover even if you did not report the abuse. If you have reported the abuse in the past, any reports to the BSA, law enforcement, or family/friends will be disclosed in your claim.  Whether or not you reported the events, if you suffered abuse while participating in scouting events, you should contact The Kryder Law Group immediately to discuss your rights

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When do I have to file a claim against the BSA to receive compensation?

Claims must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on November 16, 2020 to be eligible for compensation through the bankruptcy compensation fund. A sexual abuse survivor proof of claim form is available online at officialBSAClaims.com.  There is also a general proof of claim form at omniagentsolutions.com/bsaclaims.   Claim forms can be mailed or filed on line.

What common life problems are related to abuse?

The impact of abuse on a victim can be extensive and wide-ranging.  You should consider the numerous ways abuse may have affected your life.  You will be provided an opportunity in your claim to detail how the abuse has impacted, harmed, damaged or injured you.  The following list are examples of common ways abuse can impact a victim.

  • Psychological and emotional health issues such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress.
  • Physical health problems including chronic disease.
  • Education problems including failure to graduate or inability to complete training.
  • Employment issues including difficulties maintaining jobs or with supervisors.
  • Problems with Intimate relationships.
  • Issues with Social relationships.
  •  Alcohol and substance abuse.

What does it cost me to file a claim?

There is no charge for you to file a claim against the BSA.  Attorneys will handle your claim on a contingency fee, meaning there is no cost to you.  A fee is contingent on a recovery and is based on the outcome.

How do I get help filing a claim against the BSA?

Call the personal injury attorneys at The Kryder Law Group to discuss your case, legal rights, and options.  Our phone consultations are free and we work for you on a contingency basis, so there is no cost to you and our fee is based on the outcome of your case. We are here to help you with every step of your case. The attorneys at The Kryder Law Group have the experience and knowledge to successfully litigate your case and maximize your recovery.  If you or someone you know has been the victim of BSA abuse, please contact the lawyers at The Kryder Law Group to discuss your legal rights at (312) 223-1700 or kryderlaw@gmail.com.

 

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