Attorneys for child abuse victim call for Court appointed Special Master to ensure records are protected
Attorneys for child abuse victim call for Court appointed Special Master to ensure records are protected.
New York’s new landmark child abuse act creates a long waiting period before victims can file.
This waiting period must not become an opportunity for new abuse.
Only a Court appointed neutral Special Master can protect the new rights granted to those who have waited decades for their day in Court.
Today, on behalf of our client, and at least one thousand young boys of first- and second-generation American families victimized and abused by Dr. Reginald Archibald of Rockefeller University Hospital, we have filed an action asking the Court to appoint a Special Master to ensure that the newly granted litigation rights of childhood sexual abuse victims are protected.
This neutral Special Master must direct that all records, photos, X-Rays, mail correspondence, and email, if any exists, be preserved. Further, the Special Master must also direct that the Hospital, its officers and employees, and its law firm cease contacting former patients of Dr. Archibald, and that any notes, transcriptions, letters, questionnaires or other materials gathered on behalf of the Hospital be preserved and made available to any patient who is preparing possible litigation under the new statute. In the case of the Victim we represent, these same orders should apply to Madison Square Boys Club, and any other organizations that may have been involved in the actions of Dr. Archibald.
John Corcoran, a retired NYPD Special Assignment Sergeant, was swept into Archibald’s abuse after a swim at Madison Boys Club. With a fake diagnosis, the prestige of Rockefeller University Hospital and the assistance of Madison Boys Club and others, the pre-adolescent Corcoran was exposed to Archibald’s sexual abuse, which Rockefeller University has admitted was “reprehensible.”
“The legislature may have had a very good reason for to delay the implementation of this law by 6 months after passage, but that time period must not become an opportunity to re-victimize our client,” said Barbara Hart of Lowey Dannenberg.
“We have seen how our client was contacted by the Hospital’s law firm and interviewed without informing him of the possibility that he could sue under the new law or that they were acting on behalf of the Hospital,” added William Harrington, of Bleakley Platt.
The new law grants victims, who were barred from pursuing their abusers by the statute of limitations, an opportunity to file legal cases for a period of one year. That year commences in August 2019, but no provision was made to preserve and protect possible evidence on the 6-month period before the law takes effect.
Today’s action seeks to remedy that for Mr. Corcoran and all other victims that may seek relief.