Can I File a Civil Lawsuit as a Crime Victim?

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Crimes like assault and drunk driving have the potential to cause serious injuries to innocent victims. In these cases, a criminal lawsuit may bring the at-fault party to justice and prevent future injuries. However, criminal proceedings do not provide compensation for injury victims, who may then face costly medical bills, including ongoing therapy and treatment for emotional distress. Lost wages and property damage can also contribute to crime victims’ economic hardships. If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a crime, then you may be able to collect compensation for these damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the unique circumstances of the case, the liable parties may include the establishment where the crime occurred, property owners, security companies and/or government entities, in addition to the offender.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our attorneys handle a wide variety of civil rights issues, including injury claims brought by crime victims. We can fight by your side to ensure you pursue justice and fair compensation for your injuries. A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer from our firm can investigate the crime to find all liable parties. We offer free, confidential consultations so you can learn your legal options and get answers to your questions with no obligation.

When Can a Crime Victim File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Many different types of crimes may cause serious physical and psychological injuries to victims and bystanders.

Some of the most damaging injuries result from crimes such as:

Criminal attacks can cause catastrophic personal injuries which may result in permanent impairment or wrongful death. If an assault occurs on commercial property, such as in a bar or hotel, then the property owner may be liable for the damages due to inadequate security.

Victims of sexual assault may suffer physical and psychological injuries, some of which may last a lifetime. This is particularly true in cases involving child sexual abuse. Our personal injury attorneys have experience seeking justice for victims of child abuse in daycare centers and Boy Scout troops.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, so drunk drivers may face criminal charges after an accident. However, victims of drunk driving accidents must seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, parties other than the driver, such as an alcohol vendor, may also be liable for your injuries and damages.

Excessive force and police brutality are civil rights violations that can cause serious injuries and even wrongful death. However, these kinds of claims can be difficult, as the liable party is typically a government entity. Our personal injury attorneys have experience with these types of lawsuits.

These are among the most common examples of intentional torts that may be the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Still, you may be able to file a civil claim for injuries sustained from virtually any crime.

Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg, & Jeck, P.C.
1634 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Phone: (215) 585-2814