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Table of Contents
- BSA Lawsuit Loans: ON HOLD
- Boy Scout Lawsuit Loans
- Why BSA Loans Aren’t Available
- Boy Scout Lawsuit Loans FAQ
- FAQ: Boy Scout Lawsuit Loans
- How It “Flew Under The Radar”
- Ending BSA Sexual Abuse
- BSA Colluded To Hide The Truth
- The Boy Scout Lawsuit
- BSA Lawsuit Update
BSA Lawsuit Loans: Suspended
TriMark expects to resume BSA lawsuit funding ASAP. Complete the form below to be added to our notification list.
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Boy Scout Lawsuit Loans
TriMark Legal Funding has been providing Boy Scout lawsuit loans since 2011.
In the past, we offered post-settlement funding on settled individual Boy Scout sexual abuse cases. Most recently, we provided pre-settlement cash advances on the pending BSA mass tort multidistrict litigation.
However, when the BSA filed for bankruptcy on February 18, 2020, TriMark temporarily suspended its Boy Scout lawsuit loan program. We fully expect to resume BSA settlement funding after the following has occurred:
- The bankruptcy is resolved
- Settlement discussions have concluded
- Payout amounts have been finalized
Why BSA Loans Aren’t Available Right Now
The latest information we have is that BSA plaintiffs will receive somewhere between $3,500 and $2.7 million, depending on the severity and frequency of the abuse, when, where, and how often it occurred, and other factors.
BSA lawsuit loans will resume once exact individual payout amounts have been assigned and can be verified.
What If I Can’t Wait And I Need Money Now?
If you need money now, we strongly encourage you to consider alternative funding by using one or more of our personal loan options. They can provide the money you need immediately, and they are available to most borrowers with most types of credit, and most have no prepayment penalty.
Whenever your BSA settlement check arrives, you can pay off the loan and be done with it.
FAQ: Boy Scout Lawsuit Loans
A: We have been providing Boy Scout lawsuit loans since 2011, and funds are typically available the same day or the next day after approval.
While the current bankruptcy and settlement plan are under review pending changes and adjustments, our BSA loans program has been suspended.
If you need money immediately, however, we strongly encourage you to consider applying for one or more of our personal loan options.
A: Yes! We have a network of alternative lenders ready to help if BSA lawsuit loans aren’t available for your case. Learn more.
A: The amount of money BSA abuse survivors stand to receive from the bankruptcy plan ranges from $3,500 to $2.7 million. The exact amount will depend on the severity and frequency of the alleged abuse, where and when it occurred, and other factors.
A: Boy Scout lawsuit loans range from $500 to $100,000+, so you can request however much you need.
The amount you are approved for will depend on several factors, including how much money you request and how much your exact net settlement or net recovery will be*.
Under most circumstances, we can fund up to 20% of the estimated net settlement amount on pending cases, and up to 50% of the net settlement amount on settled cases.
* Net settlement or net recovery = gross award minus attorney fees, case costs, medical holdbacks, liens, etc.
A: Boy Scout settlement loans, as they are often called, aren’t really “loans” at all. Instead, they are a non-recourse cash advance against a portion of the future proceeds of a pending or settled legal claim.
BSA lawsuit loans are only repaid after the case has been settled successfully and the settlement check has been deposited into the plaintiff’s attorney’s trust account.
A: It’s not a problem. Our Boy Scout lawsuit loans start at just $500, so you can request as much, or as little, as you need.
A: Yes, there are a number of them.
❇️ 100% risk-free
❇️ Immediate access to some of your future settlement money
❇️ No credit check; Bad credit is OK
❇️ No co-signor required
❇️ No income verification
❇️ No employment requirements
❇️ No monthly payments
❇️ ONLY repay after you win your case
How Could So Much Abuse “Fly Under The Radar”?
From a corporate perspective, the Boy Scouts of America have known as far back as the 1920s that it had a serious problem with sexual predators within its ranks.
Apparently, some genius at BSA Corporate decided early on that it would be bad for business if everyone knew that the Boy Scouts of America was both a hotbed and a safe haven for sexual predators.
So instead of doing the right thing and stopping it, the BSA kept quiet and covered it up.
It even colluded with the Mormon Church to cover up the rampant sexual abuse, rather than alerting authorities, informing parents, warning the children, or identifying and removing the predators. In the end, they kept everything under wraps for almost a century.
Enough Is Enough
And then, one day, a guy named Kerry Lewis decided enough was enough and that he wasn’t gonna keep quiet any longer.
So he called an attorney and filed a lawsuit that would eventually pull back the curtain on the BSA and expose their despicable secrets to the entire world.
Lewis’ lawsuit was a line in the sand, and it was the beginning of the end for the BSA. Within a few short years, the multi-billion dollar financial empire would be brought to its knees and forced into bankruptcy.
Ending Sexual Abuse In The Boy Scouts
Everything started falling apart for the BSA in April 2010, when a Portland, Oregon jury awarded Kerry Lewis, the aforementioned 38-year-old former Boy Scout, an $18.5 million verdict for sexual abuse.
Still reeling from that verdict, the BSA, in September of that same year, wised up and settled another sexual abuse lawsuit brought by six other men against the Boy Scouts. They, and Lewis, as it happened, were all abused by one Timur Dykes; a convicted pedophile who also just happened to be an assistant Scoutmaster.
But it gets worse.
The jaw-dropping fact is that the BSA knew Dykes was a convicted child sex offender, but it still allowed him to continue participating in and leading troop activities. This included sleepovers at his home with the scouts, even after he confessed in 1983 to having abused as many as 17 scouts!
“Dykes was convicted three times of sexually abusing boys between 1983 and 1994, most of them Scouts. The suit alleges the Boy Scouts knew it had child molesters among its troop leaders, but didn’t tell parents or authorities. The Scouts say they kept confidential files on suspected molesters to protect children.” ~ CBS News
Attorney Kelly Clark, one of the attorneys representing the men, said he hoped the settlement would make the Boy Scouts safer for children, just as widespread sexual-abuse litigation against the Catholic Church made the church safer. “That’s not primarily because the bishops got the Holy Spirit; that’s because the bishops got sued,” Clark said.
BSA Colluded To Hide The Truth
The BSA began compiling reports, which would eventually be dubbed “Perversion Files”, as far back as the 1920s of volunteers who were considered ineligible to serve in the Boy Scouts due to claims of child sexual abuse. But they just kept it a secret and never did anything to stop it.
In 1971, BSA executives admitted to destroying thousands of “Perversion Files” i.e. files that named sexual abusers in the Scouts. Their actions effectively concealed the identities, for all time, of untold thousands of sexual abusers within the ranks of the BSA.
The Boy Scout Lawsuit
After the Lewis verdict, attorneys defending the BSA sexual abuse cases admitted to the existence of what has notoriously been dubbed the “Perversion Files”. The perversion files database sprung into public awareness when Multnomah County Judge John Wittmayer ordered the BSA to turn over more than 1,000 such files in their possession.
The Boy Scouts of America released files for 1,247 cases in response to the court order. The files, it turns out, meticulously documented rampant sexual abuse from 1965 to 1985. That, of course, opened the floodgates.
After a nearly 10-year onslaught of litigation and confidential settlements, the BSA filed for bankruptcy protection on February 18, 2020. That was the day TriMark stopped offering Boy Scout lawsuit loans.
In all, more than 92,000 Boy Scout sexual abuse claims were filed with the bankruptcy court before November 16, 2020.
When the Boy Scouts reorganization plan was approved, TriMark Legal Funding once again began receiving hundreds of calls a day from plaintiffs requesting Boy Scout pre-settlement loans.
Boy Scout Lawsuit Update
On September 8, 2022, the Boy Scouts of America secured approval of a $2.46 billion reorganization plan from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein in Wilmington, Delaware. This should allow the organization to exit Chapter 11 and settle decades of claims by more than 80,000 men who say they suffered sexual abuse as children by troop leaders.
As with all settlement agreements of this magnitude, we expect creditor disputes, legal challenges, and possibly even appeals. Once the dust settles and the settlement begins to take shape, the attorneys will create a payment matrix.
After that happens, TriMark will, in all likelihood, begin offering Boy Scout settlement loans again. But until that happens and the payout details become clear, TriMark will be unable to offer settlement funding on the Boy Scout lawsuit.
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Resources For Boy Scout Abuse Survivors
Over the years, TriMark Legal Funding has seen a lot of different types of car accidents. We help injured plaintiffs, on their worst days, get car accident loans, either pre-settlement or post-settlement, on all of these and many others. Linked pages have additional information:
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- Who is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?
- Two killed in crash, including a Memphis police officer
- Attorney for Omaha driver going 97 mph in fatal crash says COVID may be to blame
- Ohio ranked among worst for traffic safety as fatal crashes skyrocket
- Driver charged with DWI after 2 killed, 2 hurt in North Carolina
- 2021 was the deadliest on Washington roads in 15 years
- Car Crash Statistics
- Traffic deaths rose 8% in 2020, despite driving fewer miles during pandemic
Car Accident Statistics
And many of those included multiple injured people per crash. In all, over 2 million people, on average, get seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year.
Car accidents are one of the most frequently filed types of lawsuits in the US. Within that category, here are the most common causes:
When drivers divert their attention away from the task of driving, it can lead to serious consequences. Every day in the United States, nine people lose their lives and over one thousand individuals sustain injuries because of distracted driving. In 2018, 15% of all injury crashes and 8% of fatal accidents were attributed to this behavior; leaving 2,841 fatalities and an estimated 400,000 wounded in its wake.
The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 20.5 million people who were at least 16 years old in 2018 drove under the influence of alcohol and 12.6 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs.
While it is illegal in all 50 states to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 g/dL or higher, around 33% of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve accidents with drivers who were found to be over this limit. In 2018, these crashes killed 10,511 people. In fact, during the decade spanning 2009-2018, more than 10,000 people annually died in drunk driving accidents.
That is a staggering 7.6% increase from 2019 with 2,953 more deaths year-over-year. That increase occurred even as the number of miles traveled by car decreased by 13 percent from the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was the biggest single-year spike in the US car fatality rate in nearly a century, and 2021 is on pace to be even worse.
These accidents caused 42,060 fatalities and made motor vehicle crashes a big factor and one of the major causes of death in the U.S.
Fatal car wrecks often result in wrongful death lawsuits. Insurance companies typically do not cover claims like loss of companionship, affection, and support, which forces the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover these damages.
In 2020, we experienced an alarming rise in fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding—10,136 of them. This marks a 17% increase from 2019 and is the most deaths recorded since 2008. Despite the recent progress made to reduce speeding-related deaths, they now account for an unsettling 29% of all traffic fatalities, up from 26%, with 11,258 people killed due to speeding each day on average.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Depending on the severity, car accidents can cause minor, serious, or even catastrophic injuries to virtually any part of the human body. Some of the most common car accident injuries suffered by motor vehicle accident victims include:
Amputations | Loss of Limb
The devastating effects of a crash can be far-reaching, often leading to either the traumatic amputation or surgical amputation of an arm, leg, finger, or toe. This type of injury is life-changing and may leave victims with a permanent disability.
Car accidents can take a serious toll on the body, particularly when it comes to a person’s spine. Unfortunately, back injuries may not be immediately noticeable after an accident and they can cause debilitating pain and disability over time. It’s important to keep an eye out for any signs that could indicate possible damage to your spine following a collision.
When a car accident occurs, it can cause serious damage to the body. From broken legs and ribs to arms, ankles, and wrists – even a broken pelvis is possible. The severity of such injuries varies from needing a cast for simpler fractures or requiring surgery to mend more severe breaks or compound fractures.
In the unfortunate event of a vehicle fire following an accident, or if the skin is in contact with hot liquids, surfaces, steam, or chemicals, it may result in serious burns. These are frequently referred to as thermal injuries and can range from mild to severe and may necessitate medical treatments such as surgery and skin grafting.
Pressure applied between two objects can cause severe and potentially devastating crush injuries to any part of the body. Depending on the intensity, this may range from minor bruising and cuts to severe damage to soft tissue, organs, muscles, and bones.
Facial Injuries | Disfigurement
Car accidents can cause serious damage to the face, from shattered glass to blunt force trauma. In addition to physical pain, disfigurement from facial injuries may be a lasting reminder of the accident. Depending on the severity of the injury, corrective surgery may be necessary in order to minimize any scars and restore confidence in one’s appearance.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Car accidents can wreak havoc on your toes, feet, and ankles – leading to painful strains, sprains, or fractures. Worse still, they may cause complete tears of the tendons, ligaments, or muscles in these areas. And if you’re unlucky enough to be involved in a foot-on-the-dashboard accident, and get forced under the dashboard console, crushing injuries are not an uncommon result. In some cases, even the reduction in extremities may become a reality.
Hand, Wrist, and Finger Injuries
If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s not uncommon for distal radius fractures (broken wrists) to occur. Depending on the extent of the injury, surgery may be necessary to properly heal the fracture.
When the body is impacted by an object or struck by flying fragments, it can cause devastating internal damage leading to severe internal bleeding. Prompt medical intervention is essential in this situation to ensure the best possible outcome.
The impacts of a car accident can take an enormous toll on your knees. Bruises and fractures are common, while the meniscus – the cartilage in your knee – can tear if subjected to sudden twisting or turning motions. So can the ACL. Taking safety precautions before getting in the car is key to preventing such injuries.
Lacerations | Bruising | Road Rash
Any kind of laceration, bruise or road rash can be caused by contact with sharp objects, hard surfaces or flying debris. A laceration is usually the result of a cut from broken glass or metal fragments. Bruises come from the forceful impact of your body against another object and road rash is often the consequence of skidding across asphalt and concrete.
Car accidents, even at relatively low speeds, can cause debilitating injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. This is commonly referred to as whiplash, which can result from a seatbelt-less collision or an accident of 15 mph or greater. In some cases, more serious damage such as disk injury and cervical dislocation may also occur.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The effects of a car accident go far beyond physical injuries. Mental and emotional trauma is often just as damaging, if not more so. After an accident, you may experience post-traumatic stress disorder or find yourself struggling with activities that were once second nature to you. It is possible to seek compensation for your pain through mental health treatment and other forms of recovery related to emotional suffering caused by a car accident.
The jarring force of a motor vehicle crash can cause serious damage to the shoulders if you’ve braced yourself against the steering wheel or dashboard. This can result in your shoulder locking into place while absorbing an excessive amount of force from the collision, leading to potential injury. Another common shoulder injury is a torn rotator cuff.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, bruising and more can occur after a car accident. The pain and discomfort associated with these types of injuries can be intense – and long-lasting. It’s important to seek medical assistance if you experience any kind of soft tissue injury following an automobile collision.
Spinal Cord Injuries
(Includes Paraplegia | Quadriplegia / Tetraplegia)
The devastating effects of a crash and torque on the body can cause severe and lasting damage to the spinal cord, potentially resulting in partial or total paralysis below the point of injury. It’s essential to take every precaution when driving or participating in any activity that could lead to spinal cord injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Unfortunately, car accidents are a major source of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which is caused when the head experiences a jarring or penetrative impact. According to the CDC, every year TBI causes 50,000 fatalities and an overwhelming amount of long-term disability in 80,000 to 90,000 people.
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