Baltimore Crime Victim Lawyer
Victims of violent crimes, child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and assault, and those who have lost loved ones to a wrongful death caused by criminal conduct suffer profound physical and emotional injuries. Our Baltimore crime victim lawyers assist clients in recovering financial compensation for such injuries, and in holding offenders and liable third parties accountable. We help our clients through the process of civil litigation with the hope of publicly identifying perpetrators so other potential victims might be protected from them. The firm’s crime victim representation practice involves:
- Child sexual abuse and molestation
- Adult victims of child sexual abuse
- Sexual assaults of adults
- Manipulation and abuse by therapists, counselors and doctors
- Physical assaults
- Shootings and stabbings
- Homicide and manslaughter
- Family members who have lost loved ones to wrongful death including impaired or intoxicated driving accidents
- Criminal occurrences at hotels, apartment complexes, and residential complexes
- Criminal occurrences at hospitals, nursing homes and inpatient facilities
- Criminal occurrences at schools, day care centers and universities
- Inadequate security at malls, shopping centers, banks and other businesses
- Home invasions
- Domestic Abuse
A Crime Victim Lawsuit – Who Is Liable for Your Losses?
Victims of crime, depending upon the type of crime and the severity of the crime, may suffer a variety of losses including physical injuries and medical bills, mental distress and psychiatric bills, lost earnings, property loss, and psychological injuries are all common. You have the right to seek compensation for these losses. We can assist you in filing a claim against:
- The assailant/perpetrator. When the intentional, reckless, or/and criminal actions or another party cause you injury, you have the right to file a lawsuit directly against the offending party for damages. Many crime victims do not realize that they are entitled to file civil claims against criminal offenders even if the criminal offender has not been convicted in a criminal court. Proof of criminal happenings in a civil setting can typically be established by a preponderance of the evidence, a reduced evidentiary standard.
- Property owners and managers. In some cases it may be possible to file a lawsuit against third parties for inadequate or negligent security, Property owners and managers have a duty to provide a reasonable security for their properties. For example, the standard of care often requires a hotel to provide monitored access to its lobby, locked doors for guest, and video surveillance. When a property owner does not provide a reasonable amount of security, and a guest suffers a criminal assault that could have been prevented, the property owner can be held liable.
- Employers. In some circumstances it is possible to file suit against third parties for negligent hiring practices, a failure to screen its employees and volunteers, or negligent supervision. For example, it is not reasonable for a known sexual offender to have ready access to vulnerable individuals including children. Should an employer hire such an individual for a position that requires regular entry into family homes, and an assault occurs, the employer can be held liable.
Why chose Iamele & Iamele as your Crime Victim Lawyer
If you are the victim of a crime, working with an attorney to represent you during the civil recovery process is highly advised. An attorney can provide you with advice regarding your rights both as a criminal victim witness and a civil plaintiff, assist in the process of gathering evidence, and make it possible to obtain redress against perpetrators or third parties who make their activities possible. Our firm is available to assist clients who want to charge offenders criminally. We also stand ready to work to establish proof of the damages you sustained, negotiate aggressively for a settlement in your favor, and obtain justice in a civil courtroom when necessary.
At the law offices of Iamele & Iamele, LLP, our experienced crime victim lawyers have worked on behalf of clients, both in and out of courtrooms, in matters involving allegations of child sex abuse, adult sex abuse, daycare abuse, school assaults, shootings, stabbings, and crowd surges, as well as, negligent security in malls, fast food restaurants, and apartment complexes. Our vigorous pursuit of one child sex abuse case prompted appeals to the
Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Roe v. Doe, 193 Md. App. 558 (2010), and later the Maryland Court of Appeals in Doe v. Roe, 419 Md. 687 (2011)( Both concerning limitations in a case where an alleged victim of childhood sexual abuse brought action against an alleged abuser for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.) Because we understand the sensitive issues in these cases, you can rely upon us for respectful and compassionate representation.
Contact Iamele & Iamele, LLP Today for a Free Consultation
If you are a victim of a crime in Baltimore, you have likely suffered harm including physical injuries, psychological torment, and economic loss. While taking legal action after being involved in a criminal act can be difficult and emotional, we urge you to contact us today for your free consultation.