Victims of Crimes Compensation

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/23/2017)

Have you sustained serious personal injuries in a violent crime?  Has your loved one been the victim of a crime and suffered severe injuries?  You may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation.  While criminal law is intended to punish offenders of violent crimes, it’s important for victims of crimes to know that they may be able to obtain damages in a civil lawsuit.  If you or a loved one sustained injuries as the result of a violent crime, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Florida Crime Victim Compensation

In Florida, certain victims can apply for financial compensation when they have suffered personal injury due to a violent crime.  According to the Florida State Attorney’s office, any victim who sustained a personal injury as a result of a felony or misdemeanor crime that’s punishable under state or federal law can be eligible for compensation through the Crime Victim Compensation Program.  Through this program, crime victims can obtain compensation for economic damages, such as hospital bills, medical payments, lost wages, and funeral expenses.

Who can apply for compensation through this program?  In general, the following persons can apply:

  • The adult victim of the crime
  • If the victim was a child or an incompetent adult, the guardian can apply
  • If the victim died as a result of the crime, a spouse, parent, sibling, or adult child of the victim may be eligible to apply
  • If an elder or disabled adult loses property as the result of a crime, she or he may also apply for compensation

However, it’s important to keep in mind that this program only pays compensation for economic damages—in other words, it won’t provide compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of consortium when a loved one has died.  Additionally, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, this program only provides compensation when other financial resources aren’t able to compensate the victim (for instance, insurance or offender restitution payments).

Crime Victim Injuries in Florida

When you or a loved one has been injured because of a misdemeanor or felony offense in Florida, it is very important to discuss your case with an aggressive personal injury attorney. Victims may be able to file a lawsuit if they have suffered injuries in a crime, including but not limited to:

  • Assault and battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Domestic violence
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • DUI
  • Hit and run

These dangerous and violent crimes can result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries, including but not limited to:

When a violent crime causes serious injuries, we can help.  You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and you shouldn’t have to go through this difficult period alone.  When you’ve been victimized by a violent criminal act, we can help you obtain damages.

An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can examine the merits of your case to advise you about seeking financial compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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