Compensation for Crime Victims
Have you or your loved one been seriously injured because someone committed a crime? Often, victims of assault and battery incidents, drunk driving accidents, domestic violence offenses, attempted murder, rape, and child molestation are either seriously undercompensated or not compensated at all for their physical and emotional injuries.
One reason for this is that the criminal justice system in the United States provides limited financial relief to victims of crimes and their families. A person convicted of a crime, however, can sometimes be ordered to pay restitution to his or her victim as part of a criminal sentence.
A criminal sentence, however, can never fully compensate victims for their mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering—the costs of which are greater than expenses that are considered “out-out-pocket.”
There are other remedies that an injured crime victim can pursue, however, to obtain compensation. Even though most people charged with committing crimes do not have a great deal of money or other assets, many of them own real estate and have regular jobs. In certain cases, such as motor vehicle-related crimes and crimes in stores, hotels, apartments, and shopping malls, there may be liability coverage that a victim can pursue for compensation. Prosecutors usually have access to limited resources and tend to be very busy. Crime victims are frequently not informed about whether these resources exist.
What can you do to make sure that you receive as much compensation as possible if you are an injury victim of a crime committed in Georgia? The easiest and most effective way for you to be compensated is to contact an Atlanta, Georgia personal injury lawyer.
An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to find assets and pursue other avenues of recovery and will often agree to represent you on a contingent fee basis. This means that you will only pay attorney fees if you receive your financial recovery. At Finch McCranie, LLP, we represent all of our personal injury clients on a contingent fee basis.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Atlanta, Georgia personal injury lawyers, call Finch McCranie, LLP at (800) 228-9159 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.