Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim After a Violent Crime?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)1 has reported that an estimated 480,000 individuals in the United States required treatment in an emergency room or hospital each year due to injuries sustained as a result of a violent crime. Violent crimes that commonly result in serious injuries include assaults, strong-arm robberies, sexual assaults, and more. Though the perpetrators of these crimes may likely face charges in criminal court, injured victims are often left wondering whether they have the right to any compensation for their losses by the criminal offender. Fortunately, the law allows injured crime victims to recover for their losses by filing a personal injury claim.
Claim against the offender
If you suffer an injury in a crime, you can bring a claim directly against the individual who committed the act. You may likely be able to receive damages for the following and more:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
Inadequate security claim
In addition to a claim against the offender, some crime victims may be able to bring a claim against the owner of the property on which the incident took place. Certain property owners have a duty to keep visitors and patrons safe, which includes providing adequate security against crimes. Security may include working locks, guards, cameras, alarms, and more. If an owner fails to provide adequate security and a crime occurs, the owner may also be held liable for damages to the injured party. Such claims are often against the owners of bars, restaurants, malls, apartment complexes, parking garages, hotels, and more.
A personal injury claim is in civil court and is completely separate from any criminal case that may take place regarding the crime. There are unique legal issues in personal injury cases arising from crimes, so you always want to ensure you have an attorney who is familiar with this type of case. At the Atlanta law firm of Boling Rice, LLC, our experienced personal injury lawyers know how to help crime victims fully recover, so please call our office for a free consultation at 770-744-0890 today.