Crime Victim & Civil Lawsuits
Are You the Victim of A Crime Who Needs Representation in a Civil Lawsuit?
Victims often find themselves confronted with expenses for medical procedures, physical rehabilitation, counseling and lost wages.
The consequences of crime frequently extend far beyond the criminal act. Crime victims and their families are often unaware of their rights to seek civil redress. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal prosecution, or even if there was no prosecution, crime victims can file civil lawsuits against offenders and other responsible parties.
The civil system, unlike the criminal justice system, does not attempt to determine the guilt or innocence of an offender.
Rather, civil courts determine whether an offender or a third party is liable for injuries sustained by the victim as a result of the criminal event. Moreover, in the civil system liability must be proven by a “preponderance of the evidence” which is substantially less than the “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” standard utilized in criminal cases. Where an offender is found to be civilly liable, courts may order the payment of monetary damages to victims. Although such awards can never fully compensate the victim of trauma or replace the loss of a loved one, they can be a valuable resource to help crime victims rebuild their lives.
- Hotels & Motels ,
- Apartment Complexes; may be found liable to a criminal victim for failing to provide adequate security.
- Child Care Providers*
- Nursing Homes*
Examples of criminal conduct that can rise to a civil suit include:“Sexual Abuse” - sexual impropriety including rape and sexual assault and characterized by the victim’s lack of or inability to consent
“Homicide ” – a death caused by another person which occurs without justification or excuse, including murder, manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
“Assault” – any intentional physical contact that offends a victim.
“Kidnapping” – holding a victim against his or her will for any amount of time.
In some crime victim cases a “third-party” may also be held liable.