Perhaps more than any other city, New York embodies all of the complexities of American culture. People from all over the world have come to this great city to share their heritage through food, music, festivals, and other cultural expressions. But just like anywhere else, there are two sides to New York City. While the vast majority of people you come across are hard-working, law-abiding citizens, there is always the risk of becoming a crime victim in such a large city filled with so many different types of people.
Becoming the victim of a violent crime is always a traumatic experience, with many consequences that follow you after the incident. Crime victims struggle with many personal and financial issues related to their experience. If you’ve recently found yourself in this situation, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights as a victim.
How Do Criminal & Civil Courts Treat Crime Victims?
Victims of violent crimes can find justice in both the criminal and civil court systems. However, these two systems dole out justice in much different ways. Criminal courts undertake the very important process of punishing criminals for their offenses and incarcerating them to prevent them from hurting future victims. But these courts are primarily focused on prosecuting offenders, rather than making sure victims get the support they need. Some cases do award restitution to crime victims, but collecting these funds is often difficult and the amount often falls short of what these victims deserve.
The civil court system, on the other hand, primarily focuses on providing victims with the financial compensation they deserve. A personal injury lawsuit can provide you with compensation for financial losses, as well as emotional trauma and physical injuries related to the crime. If you lost a loved one during the commission of a crime, your family could also seek justice in a wrongful death lawsuit. For crime victims whose attackers were not prosecuted, a civil court trial can provide justice by punishing them for their crimes, and anyone else whose negligence may have allowed the crime to occur.
Queens Woman Sues Man Who Assaulted Her At Mets Game
In recent news related to crime victim lawsuits, a woman has recently sued a man who punched her in the face at a New York Mets baseball game last August, allegedly causing severe and permanent injuries. The man was arrested and charged with assault and harassment, but plead down to disorderly conduct in January.
According to the New York Daily News, court papers allege that the woman “suffered permanent injuries, including but not limited to the tearing, perforation and/or detachment of her left and/or right tympanic membrane (eardrums), consistent and recurring ear infections, permanent hearing loss, consistent and recurring tinnitus and consistent and recurring vertigo…”. She is seeking a minimum of $100,000 in damages.
How A Lawyer Can Help?
If you’ve recently become the victim of a crime and are wondering about your legal rights, the lawyers at Lipsig Queens can help. While the criminal justice system will handle the prosecution of your attacker, it’s important to have your own lawyer who is prepared to represent your interests as a victim. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties you’re facing as a result of the crime. To find out more, contact us today for a free consultation.