Jerry Sandusky, convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, received a minimum 30-year prison sentence on October 9 from Judge John Cleland. The sentence, which puts Sandusky in prison for no more than 60 years, could’ve ranged into the hundreds of years given the gravity of the crimes a jury convicted Sandusky of committing, though Judge Cleland opted for a realistic punishment that still places the man behind bars for the rest of his life. Several of Sandusky’s victims spoke at the sentencing hearing, offering their own perspectives on how the former Penn State assistant coach’s abuses have irreparably damaged their lives. Many of the victims, listed only by number, have filed personal injury lawsuits against Penn State alleging the university did nothing to stop Sandusky and even worked to conceal his illegal activities from the authorities.
Victims of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuses over nearly two decades deserve compensation for the life-changing, deplorable acts that they suffered due to the university’s seeming unwillingness to stop a predator in their midst. Penn State, for their part, has retained a Washington, D.C., law firm helmed by Ken Feinberg in an effort to resolve all claims by the end of the year, according to the Morning Call. Feinberg previously oversaw the Sept 11 victim fund – a $7 billion fund used to pay the survivors of those killed or injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Attorneys representing the victims are still waiting to see how Penn State plans to actually respond to the impending civil actions against the university and if the school will actually keep its word in working to reach expedient settlements. School officials could suffer yet another black eye if they delay compensating claimants or aggressively fight liability by making lowball settlement offers to those who’ve suffered so significantly.
Delays of settlements for accident victims are a popular tactic for the insurance industry. The Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association, the university’s liability carrier, has attempted to deny liability as it relates to the looming spate of abuse lawsuits stating that school officials did not properly inform the insurer of all known risks, according to CNN. Resolution of that legal battle could have far-reaching implications for the ability of victims to obtain the compensation they deserve for the horrors they endured.
If you or someone you love has suffered at the hands of an abuser, you have rights to compensation for your life-changing damages. Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys pursue those who hurt others aggressively, and won’t rest until you have the peace of mind your circumstances demand.