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In Fall 2023 our attorneys filed a class lawsuit against Mid Atlantic. The lawsuits allege physical, mental, and sexual abuse which has occurred during the last decade. The complaint also alleges child abuse happened in front of supervisors and other staff members on many occasions yet, was never reported as required by law to the assigned investigative agency and/or the police. Often, other children witnessed staff physically, mentally, and sexually abusing other kids, yet the children never received medical care or therapy. Our attorneys have been working with survivors and their families for years who were impacted by physical, mental, and sexual violence within a Mid-Atlantic facility. Mid-Atlantic knew for many years its employees, administrators, and staff were engaging in illegal conduct including child abuse, yet did nothing to prevent harm to the young victims.
Mid-Atlantic Youth Services and its entities PA Child Care (Luzerne County) and PA Western Child Care (Butler County) were the facilities involved within the infamous Cash for Kids ("Cash 4 Kids") bribery scandal. Former Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan accepted bribes from Mid-Atlantic Youth Services in exchange children would be placed in private detention centers, under contract with the court, to increase the head count. Both judges received kickbacks totaling over $2.6 million dollars to illegally imprison at-risk juveniles. These same corrupt former Judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, both were found guilty in federal court and sentenced to 28 years and 17.5 years respectively. These same companies also paid more than $2.5 million to settle claims arising from the Cash for Kids bribery scandal.
The class action lawsuit we filed on our clients' behalf alleges Mid-Atlantic failed in discharging their duties to protect the juvenile residents in their care from harm. Mid Atlantic knew or should have known about the rampant, systemic culture of abuse at its nationwide juvenile placement facilities. If you or someone you know attended an Mid Atlantic juvenile placement facility contact us immediately and anytime 24/7/365 for your free case evaluation.
We begin by reviewing your online survey and intake forms. First, we will look at the circumstances of your case and evaluate the actions needed
One of our team members will follow up with you, asking more detailed questions about your experience at a Danville facility. We will explain to you what you can expect throughout the legal claims process.
If eligible, we will send you a contingency fee agreement to get represented in the case by our law firm. Fees are payable only if a lawsuit is successful or results in a favorable settlement in which you get compensation.
After signing the paperwork, we will start working on your claims against this facility. You might be requested to provide medical and historical documents. You will not have to spend a single dollar, even if the trial goes on for years.
In the case of a successful settlement, you will get compensation and the contingency fee is deducted. Keep in mind that compensation amounts can vary between different cases and injury types.
Your Questions We know everyone has questions and we are here with the answers. Our staff is dedicated to helping you understand and navigate the process. We will provide you with knowledge, thereby empowering all your decisions.We zealously advocate to get every client justice and will fight to get the highest possible compensation, and to maximize all potential claims
Depression, anxiety, feeling numb, difficulty managing or feeling emotions including anger
Intrusive images, feelings from the abuse, numbing or avoidance behaviors
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD/STI), Broken Bones, Chronic Disease, Chronic Undiagnosed Pain
Not graduating high school, being unable to finish training or education, difficulties with supervisors, difficulty maintaining steady employment, being fired from jobs
Distrust of others, isolating yourself, not being able to keep healthy relationships, difficulty maintaining emotional attachments, difficulty with sexual behavior, infidelity
Gambling, Alcoholism, Drug Use
There is no cost to complete the pre-qualification and eligibility processes. Further, there are no fees involved with signing with the legal team. The legal team is only compensated when a successful judgment, settlement, and/or reward is handed down in favor of the Plaintiff.
Those who suffered physical, mental, and/or sexual abuse at one of these facilities may be entitled compensation for pain and suffering. The facts of everyone's experiences are different and there are varying timelines for when actions must be filed. It is vital you consult with an attorney to completely understand all your available options as time is of the essence.
We take matters of personal privacy very seriously. When you share you personal and private information with our team of professionals, we take many special measures to protect your privacy. We are HIPAA-compliant to ensure any medical records you share with us are secure. Additionally, we follow other best practices in the areas of information security to assure your information is safe from prying eyes.
In order to provide a free case review, we need to know: 1. the name of the resident and their date of birth 2. age of resident at time of abuse 3. the Abraxas /GEO Group facility where abuse occurred 4. where on the facility grounds the abuse occurred 5. Type of abuse (physical, mental, and/or sexual)
The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases is a very complex and depends upon a number of factors. Generally, a state or the federal government sets a time period by which any person wanting to file a lawsuit has until.to enter a claim. If a person does not file a claim within this period, they will forever lose their chance to bring a claim. Every state and the federal government maintain different limitations periods. There are notable exceptions to the statutes of limitations including discovery of an injury from the abuse and when the child abuse is actively concealed. Moreover, depending upon the circumstances, more parties than just the abuser may be responsible. Also, many states have also completely repealed their prior civil statutes of limitations related to both sexual abuse and physical abuse. Finally, while confined to a facility in one state, a juvenile who endured child sexual abuse during a trip or other outing to another jurisdiction, would potentially be covered by multiple laws. Any individual who suffered child physical abuse and/or sexual abuse while on a facility sanctioned event may potentially be covered by the state where the facility is located and/or the state where the assaults happened. As there are many complex and intricate factors in determining the statute of limitations in a particular case, it is extremely important you pay close attention to this element.
Class action lawsuits similar to this one can take at least one to five years to resolve, depending on the case, and only under very rare circumstances will they take less time. The resolution of cases depends upon numerous factors including the class size, number of named abusers, and expected witness testimony. Class action lawsuits are extremely complex matters involving reviewing millions of pages of documents and examining physical evidence covering many issues. Once you obtain your free case evaluation, we can explain to how long a we anticipate the matter lasting.
If your case is not settled then the matter will proceed to trial. A complex matter such as this class action will often take more than a year to get to a jury trial. The jury trial would be overseen by a Federal, County, and/or District Judge.
Physical abuse is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment and while legal definitions vary from state to state, but broadly, it occurs when a guardian or caregiver commits an act that results in injury to a juvenile. Results of physical abuse can include red marks, cuts, welts, bruises, black eyes, muscle sprains, or broken bones.
Any type of unwanted sexual contact or behavior that occurs including acts of molestation or unwanted sexual advances will thus be considered sexual assault. Although generally an abuser must make contact with the juvenile victim's genitals there are notable expansions for this rule. Acts including: Rape and attempted rape, Forced sexual acts of any kind, Groping and unwanted touching, Child molestation, Sexual exploitation, Showing explicit images or exposing a child to sexually charged language or pornography, Taking inappropriate photos of a child for personal use or distribution, Requesting the minor send or take pictures of themselves in an inappropriate manner, Revealing oneself to a child.
A lawsuit is a civil action only, which means it would be for economic and other relief. Although filing your lawsuit does not directly create a criminal matter this litigation is readily available to law enforcement, who monitor large scale child abuse litigation against juvenile placement facilities such as these. Moreover in Pennsylvania, in the location where the lawsuit is being litigated in court.
Yes, you can be a participant in this lawsuit if you were abused at or related to travel from a Mid-Atlantic Youth Services facility outside Pennsylvania. Mid-Atlantic maintained operations at other locations outside the Commonwealth and not every Mid-Atlantic Youth Services facility is eligible to join this class action case, so contact us to determine if the facility you or someone you know was housed at qualifies.
Liability in juvenile placement child abuse facility cases identical to this one can become complicated under specific circumstances. A Plaintiff can hold the abuser liable for their actions and in some cases, this is the extent of the liability. However, juvenile placement facilities are responsible for hiring, training, and supervising their employees and past events have shown organizations could also have legal liability for the child abuse. Further, In the past, juvenile placement facilities found to have covered up child abuse and failed to report suspected child abuse in an extensive operation to protect themselves from the potential fallout of child abuse charges. As a result, victims can hold these organizations liable as well. Liability separately extends to the organization itself if officials knew about the child abuse and did nothing to stop abusers. Likewise, any attempt to cover up abuse also exposes them to liability. Many organizations receive training on spotting abuse and various methods to prevent and respond to different abuse types.
All states require certain professionals or institutions to report suspected child abuse, whether physical and/or sexual Those required by law to notify law enforcement are considered mandated reporters. The juvenile or his or her parents or other legal guardians may be entitled to compensation for child abuse. Damages for child sexual abuse can include amounts for physical and emotional pain and suffering, the expected costs of future counseling, and in cases where an organization grossly mishandled reports of abuse, there may be substantial awards of punitive damages.
An employee of a health care facility or provider licensed by the Department of Health, who is engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of individuals, Juvenile Placement Facilities, Reform Schools, Schools, Daycares and preschools Summer camps Churches Youth sports organizations and any other organization with a duty to protect the child entrusted to their car
A financial recovery from a lawsuit, judgment, and/or settlement, is exempt from taxes if it is for a personal injury case. The IRS does not tax award settlements for personal injury cases. However, if the award is for lost wages or loss of business or related injuries even if stemming from a personal injury case, then taxes will be due. If taxes were due in that situation it would likely be limited to the portion of the award and/or settlement providing for lost wages/business. Our experienced attorneys frequently help our clients navigate these often complex situations.
In September 2023 our attorneys filed a class action lawsuit against Mid-Atlantic Youth Services. The class action lawsuit alleges physical, mental, and sexual abuse which has occurred during the last two decades. The class action complaint also alleges child abuse happened in front of supervisors and other staff members on many occasions yet, was never reported as required by law to the assigned investigative agency and/or the police. Oftentimes, other children witnessed staff physically, mentally, and sexually abusing other students, yet the children never received medical care or therapy. Our attorneys are working with survivors and their families who were impacted by physical, mental, and sexual violence within a Mid-Atlantic Youth Services facility. Mid-Atlantic knew for many years its employees, administrators, and staff were engaging in illegal conduct including child abuse, yet did nothing to prevent harm to the young victims.
Anyone who was abused or assaulted while a juvenile at an Mid-Atlantic Youth Services placement facility may be able to bring their abusers to justice by filing a civil lawsuit. A juvenile placement facility who failed to respond to and/or report complaints of sexual harassment, abuse, or physical assault may be held responsible. While no amount of compensation can reverse the effects of the abuse endured, filing a lawsuit will help anyone who was abused or assaulted take back control by holding responsible those negligent facilities. If you or someone you know endured physical or sexual child abuse while at a Mid-Atlantic Youth Services juvenile placement facility, may be able to participate in a lawsuit to recover for any injuries. Every state has a different statutes of limitations which will greatly affect the value and available time remaining to file a lawsuit. Time is of the essence. Contact one of our experienced attorneys immediately to obtain your free case evaluation, and learn about all available options.
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Our team has spent significant time advocating for issues relating to juvenile placement and reform school child abuse, especially physical and sexual abuse. We have devoted a large part of our practice to advocating for the socially and economically disadvantaged to promote larger social causes especially eliminating child abuse.
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