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Waukesha WI victimology lawyerFor almost every crime, there is going to be a victim. Some crimes are more violent than others, but nearly all crime is going to have an effect on someone, somewhere. When it comes to crimes that are committed directly to or in the presence of a person, the risk of sustaining certain types of damages is increased significantly. Many people may not be aware that there are programs available to help with the unexpected costs that victims may incur after a crime is committed. In Wisconsin, there are many situations in which you may be eligible to receive various types of compensation through the state’s Crime Victim Compensation program.

Eligibility Requirements

Victims of certain crimes, family members of deceased victims, those who were injured helping a crime victim or police officer, and those who have been in an accident with an intoxicated driver are all able to file claims with the Crime Victim Compensation program, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for compensation, the following must be true:

  • The victim's actions did not cause or contribute to their death or injury.

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Waukesha County personal injury attorney victimology

A personal injury claim allows an injured person to seek compensation for damages caused by the injury such as medical bills and lost income from missed work. When most people think of personal injury claims, they think of slip and fall claims, car accidents, and other claims that are founded upon an allegation of the defendant’s negligence. However, individuals who are intentionally injured may also have grounds for a personal injury claim. If you were the victim of assault or battery in Wisconsin, you may be able to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions as well as recover financial compensation for damages through a personal injury claim.

Civil Cases Involving Assault And Battery

Being the victim of a violent crime is a life-changing experience. Most victims of sexual assault, battery, robbery, and other violent crimes are left with physical and mental scars that last for years. In addition to painful mental and physical injuries, being the victim of a physical attack can lead to considerable financial harm. If you were hurt in an act of violence, you may be facing financial hardship caused by medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, and other costs. A personal injury claim may enable you to recover compensation for your financial losses as well as your non-financial damages. A civil claim is a separate legal action from any criminal charges that the perpetrator or “tortfeasor” may face.

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Walworth County personal injury attorney sexual assault

Being the victim of a crime such as assault, sexual assault, battery, or robbery is a traumatizing and complicated ordeal to go through. Many victims do not even realize all of their rights after being injured in a violent crime. Most know that they can contact the police and press criminal charges, but fewer are aware of their right to file a civil claim. Personal injury cases are often associated with accidents such as slip and fall accidents or car accidents; however, a person injured by an intentional act may also bring a personal injury claim against the perpetrator.

Pursuing Legal Action After Being a Victim of an Intentional Tort

Assault and battery are criminal offenses punishable by considerable criminal penalties in Wisconsin. A criminal conviction for assault or battery may bring an offender to justice, but the conviction does little to directly help the victim. If you were hurt in an assault, the experience has likely affected your life in profound ways. You could be facing considerable medical bills and ongoing medical needs because of your injuries. You may also be unable to work while you are recovering from the physical and mental harm caused by the attack. A personal injury claim may enable you to recover compensation for these and other costs. It may also serve as a means of holding the perpetrator accountable for the harm that he or she caused you.

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Racine County drunk driving accident injury attorney

There are very few crimes in the United States that could be accurately described as victimless. Most of the time, crimes that are committed will affect someone in some way, shape, or form. When it comes to a crime such as driving while under the influence of alcohol, also known in Wisconsin as OWI, there often are personal injury victims. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,500 alcohol-related traffic deaths across the country in 2018 and many more alcohol-related injury- or damage-only crashes. Accidents involving drunk drivers are often traumatic for the victim, which is why the victim has the right to pursue compensation from the offender.

Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

When you get into a car accident with another person, you have a right to pursue compensation for damages that you may have sustained. This is true in Wisconsin, especially if you were in a collision with an intoxicated driver. Wisconsin operates on a system of comparative negligence when it comes to motor vehicle crashes. This means all parties involved have the potential to be partially at fault for the accident. As long as you were not found to be more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, you can pursue damages.

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Walworth County victim's rights attorney

Most of the time, there is a clear-cut difference between criminal law cases and civil law cases. In some instances, however, the line between the two types of law is blurred, and a civil lawsuit could easily stem from a criminal case. There are many crimes that, when committed, can be extremely harmful and damaging to the victims. Criminal cases can help bring the perpetrator to justice, but they often do not help the victim with the medical bills, counseling, lost wages, or other damages that may have resulted from the crime. Often, a civil lawsuit is needed to provide the victims of these crimes with the compensation that they deserve for the hardships they have endured.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Crimes

In situations where a victim suffers significant injuries, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to mitigate some of the effects of the damages. Common crimes that result in damages to the victims include:

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