When crimes occur, the perpetrator may be prosecuted in criminal court. This could lead to a lengthy prison sentence, but not always. Whether the crime is a shooting, a physical assault, a rape or sexual assault, battery, financial crimes, a DWI crash, or anything else; a crime victim may be entitled to compensation through the civil system. This is a completely separate avenue in the justice system and for those who wish to pursue compensation, they will need to find a civil injury lawyer.
One of the first issues that comes up in these cases is whether there is money to pay any civil court judgment. Many times crimes occur on the property of business owners or because of inaction by business owners. Sometimes those crimes are not the responsibility of the business owner. It may be they could not have prevented the crime from occurring. But there are circumstances where crimes are preventable and where a business owner may have liability for failure to prevent a crime from occurring.
Crime victims may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. If you have been the victim of a serious crime, trauma and financial hardship can impact your life and the lives of those around you. In Missouri, you may have an avenue to pursue compensation for any injuries you sustained.
We have been involved in a variety of crime victim cases including the following types:
Unfortunately, sexual assaults are far too common. They happen at apartment complexes, sometimes with the establishment having knowledge that something like this might happen. Also, they happen to children who do not have the ability to consent. Of course, there have been news stories for years about sexual assaults within Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, and on school campuses. These are by no means the only places where assaults on children occur. We have been involved in assault cases at drug rehab facilities and by, of all people, counselors entrusted to help troubled children.
St. Louis is one of the most dangerous cities in America. There are shootings and killings every day. Many times, the victims of these shootings lose their lives. Their family members lose a loved one and they also lose financial support. Similarly those lucky enough to survive a shooting or other physical assault may be out of work and unable to pay medical bills. When they turn to the legal system for help, they are not always satisfied with the criminal courts. And they seek guidance from lawyers who can bring justice through the civil system. Contrary to popular belief, we find that many times, there is a way to get compensation for these shootings and physical assaults.