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The Landmark YDC Verdict and the Discrepancy in Damages

Granite Law Group

A New Hampshire jury awarded a $38 million verdict to a former Youth Development Center resident for severe abuse. The YDC verdict awarded $18 million in compensatory and $20 million in enhanced damages for the state’s egregious behavior. However, the New Hampshire Department of Justice stated that due to a statutory cap, the plaintiff would receive only $475,000. This cap limits state payments per incident despite the jury’s intention to redress the victim’s suffering.

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The gap between the YDC verdict and the state’s cap has sparked debate over compensating abuse victims. The cap is seen by many as undermining the jury’s intent in deciding the YDC verdict and the victim’s need for adequate compensation to address lifelong trauma. The case also highlights the implications for hundreds of other claimants who have suffered similar abuses at the YDC and other state-run facilities.

Benefits of the YDC Claim Settlement Fund

To address the numerous abuse claims more efficiently and humanely, New Hampshire established the YDC Claim Settlement Fund. This fund offers several advantages over traditional litigation, making it a preferred route for many victims:

  1. Efficiency and Speed: The fund is specifically designed to expedite the resolution of claims, ensuring that victims do not endure prolonged legal battles. Unlike traditional litigation, which can stretch over several years, the settlement process through the fund is expected to conclude within a year.
  2. Compensation: The settlement fund provides compensation caps that are substantially higher than those imposed in court cases against the state. Victims of sexual abuse can receive up to $1.5 million, and those who suffered physical abuse may receive up to $150,000. These amounts are designed to better reflect the severity of the abuse and its impact on the victim’s life, compared to the $475,000 cap in traditional lawsuits.
  3. Reduced Stress: Opting for the settlement fund spares victims the additional trauma of a public trial. The process is less invasive and avoids the retraumatization often accompanying detailed court testimonies before a jury can deliver a YDC verdict. The fund operates with a commitment to treating victims with dignity and respect, focusing on fair and just compensation.
  4. Simplified Process: The fund eliminates the complexity often associated with proving abuse in a court of law. It provides a more straightforward path for victims to claim compensation without the burdensome requirement of detailed evidence and prolonged cross-examinations that can occur in traditional trials.

Why Choose Granite Law Group?

Choosing the right legal representation is crucial for survivors of abuse at the YDC and similar institutions. Granite Law Group stands out as a leading advocate for victims, with a proven track record of compassionate and effective legal service. Here’s why you should consider us:

  • Expertise and Compassion: Our legal team is knowledgeable about YDC settlement claims and understands the emotional toll on survivors. We combine legal acumen with a compassionate approach to support our clients through every step of the process.
  • Advocacy and Support: We are staunch advocates for our clients’ rights. Granite Law Group works tirelessly to ensure that each client receives the maximum compensation available.
  • Strategic Guidance: Our attorneys help clients navigate the settlement fund process. We provide clear, tailored advice based on each client’s unique circumstances and goals.

If you or someone you know was a victim at the YDC or similar institutions, you are not alone. Contact Granite Law Group to schedule a consultation today. Let us help you find the path to healing and justice that you deserve.

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