Sexual Abuse Attorney For All Of Acadiana
Anthony J. Fontana, Jr. is a sexual abuse attorney in Abbeville and Vermilion Parish, well-known throughout this country for his work representing sexual abuse victims in civil and criminal cases. His work in this field of law first began in the early 1980s, when he started representing children and their families who had been the victims of Father Gilbert Gauthe, a priest employed by the Catholic Church in South Louisiana. These were the first such cases against the Catholic Church and its predator priests to be exposed in the U.S. Mr. Fontana handled the majority of the victims of Gauthe before taking any other cases against other priests who had also been molesting children in South Louisiana for many years. One of his sexual abuse cases was decided by a jury after a trial resulting in the verdict for his clients in the amount of $1.3 million. This was, at the time, the largest verdict against the Catholic church in history.
The media coverage of this trial and the many cases against the Church caused Mr. Fontana to become highly sought after on national television shows like The Phil Donahue Show, The Geraldo Show, Pat Robertson Christian Broadcasting Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He handled the first case against the Atlanta Archdiocese and the Santa Fe Diocese. He has consulted with sexual abuse attorneys all over the U.S. seeking assistance with similar cases against the Catholic Church and other Non-Catholic Churches.
Sexual abuse cases, particularly of children, are very complicated cases to handle. The harm caused to those who have been sexually abused as children lasts a lifetime. It touches each parent and sibling differently. It entails knowledge and experience in determining the extent of the damages suffered and the ability to find the right therapists to treat victims.
Hardly a month goes by in all of his years of practice that Mr. Fontana doesn’t hear from victims of child sexual abuse who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s who called for assistance when they had no one to act on their behalf all those years before. He tries to meet with everyone who calls, though in these cases, the time limit to file a sexual abuse lawsuit has long passed. In these events, he attempts to offer compassionate counseling to these victims.
It is important to remember that sexual abuse cases have time limits (statutes of limitations) established by a law mandating that a suit must be filed by a certain time, of the victim is forever prevented from bringing a claim against those responsible. These time limits vary from state to state, so if you believe that you may have a claim, do not delay. Get advice from a lawyer with plenty of experience in handling sexual abuse lawsuits at the earliest possible time.