When someone commits a crime that leads you to either sustain injuries or places you in genuine fear or apprehension of harmful physical contact (a.k.a. assault), you may be able to file a civil lawsuit to receive monetary compensation from the perpetrator.
At Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., our Coral Springs crime injury victim lawyers are well equipped to handle civil crime injury claims throughout Florida. We have over four decades of experiencing fighting for the rights of injured clients and winning multi-million-dollar settlements on their behalf. Our legal team understands the fraught aftermath of suffering an injury at the hands of another and are here to treat you and your claim with the compassion, efficiency, and personalized attention you deserve.
Crime Victim Injury Cases We Handle
Under Florida law, crime injuries generally fall under premises liability when civil claims are involved. When places such as hotels, motels, shopping centers, malls, apartment complexes, public transit stations, and other privately owned properties fail to provide adequate security measures to protect people who become crime victims, filing a premises liability lawsuit for inadequate security precautions may entitle the victim to monetary compensation—and is one way to try to force property owners to improve security.
As Florida crime victim injury lawyers, we represent victims who are injured as a result of crimes like:
- Domestic violence
You may be wondering why a law firm that represents injury victims has anything to do with criminal cases. This is because crime victims can file a civil claim in addition to a criminal claim when they have been injured. While the purpose of a criminal case is to punish the perpetrator (usually through fines, community service, and/or jail time), a civil claim allows victims to receive monetary compensation for their injuries. Our firm strictly deals with the latter.
Compensatory Damages Available to Crime Victims
Compensatory damages consist of monetary compensation awarded to an injury victim for the harm and losses they have suffered because of the crime. Every case is different, so there is no set amount of compensation awarded; instead, your monetary award will be based on factors specific to your case, such as the extent of your injuries and the severity of the crime committed. However, you should be entitled to receive compensation that reimburses all your accident-related expenses—and then some.
If you have been the victim of a crime you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Any medical expenses related to the injury
- Ongoing treatment and therapy
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Loss of past and future wages
- Death benefits and funeral expenses (in the event of a fatality)
Occasionally, victims of criminal acts may also be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages (or “exemplary damages”) are common in civil cases involving criminal acts because they are available only when the person being sued (the defendant) intentionally and maliciously causes harm (most other injury claims involve accidents). The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for their actions and hopefully deter similar conduct from occurring in the future.
Work with a Crime Injury Lawyer to Receive Just Compensation
Following an injury and the trauma of the criminal act that came with it, dealing with the legal procedures involved with filing a lawsuit can be grueling. Instead of trying to handle the legal process on your own, consult with a crime injury attorney to get a better idea of your situation and options. An experienced crime victim injury lawyer such as those at Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. can handle the claims process on your behalf while you focus on more important things, like your recovery.
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We’ve had more than 30 cases that have settled or resulted in jury verdicts of one million dollars or more.
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