Sandusky Lawsuits Hold Lessons for Abuse Victims

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A year after the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, civil lawsuits continue to be filed by victims and former employees. Injury lawyer Michael Steinger hopes the case gives heart to abuse victims elsewhere.

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I hope that victims of all kinds will take heart and demand the compensation they deserve.

Jerry Sandusky’s sexual predation of underage football players first came to light a year ago, and Sandusky was sentenced last month. But the scandal’s fallout of Penn State University and others is far from complete. Michael Steinger, a personal injury attorney, hopes the high-profile lawsuits will give heart to other victims of abuse and encourage them to stand up for their rights.

According to the Thirty-Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Sandusky was indicted in 2011 on 52 counts of child molestation and convicted on 45 of them in October Docket Number: MJ-49201-CR-0000636-2011, Court of Record: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald A. Sandusky reported by Magisterial District Judge 49-2-01.

“The responsibility here is clear,” said Steinger, a founding partner at Steinger, Iscoe and Greene.

“After the testimonial at Sandusky’s trial, and with the criminal charges against University officials, a cover up or at least serious negligence indisputably took place. The victims are owed compensation.”

The university has offered to resolve all victims’ claims jointly through a facilitated resolution process. Steinger says victims of other abuse situations should draw a parallel with the Penn State cases.

“Penn State was a mammoth,” he said. “Nobody would’ve thought they could take them on in court and win. Now here they are, 70 million down [in fines] and still preparing to compensate victims.”

According to Steinger, many abuse sufferers are afraid to come forward because they don’t want their identities revealed, but anonymity is much easier to maintain in a civil suit than in a criminal case.

“One of the victims suing Penn State is known only as ‘John Doe A,’” he said.

“No matter what circumstances someone is abused under, they are legally entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, anguish and other considerations. I hope that victims of all kinds will take heart and demand the compensation they deserve.”

About Michael Steinger:

For 15 years, Michael S. Steinger has made it his mission to help individual victims and never side with big business or insurance companies. His firm has never broken that promise. They can be reached at 800-560-5059 or

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