Fort Lauderdale Crime Victim Compensation Lawyer
Fighting for Victims Throughout Florida
Being the victim of a crime is troubling enough. When you are injured as a result of a crime, recovering from the trauma you have suffered is even more of a challenge. Like any injury caused by the willful wrongdoing of another party, you should never have to pay the expenses that accrue due to someone else’s actions. In Florida, several means of getting compensation can be pursued for injuries sustained during the commission of a crime against you.
At The McFarlane Firm, we are dedicated to getting positive results for our clients who have been injured through criminal attacks. We understand the physical and emotional trauma such acts can cause as well as the financial repercussions. Our firm brings compassionate service as well as fierce advocacy to your case. We will pursue all available avenues to help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more. We are backed by a successful track record involving millions of dollars recovered for our clients since 2013.
Compensation for Crime Victims
Various types of compensation may be available to you when injured through criminal activity.
- Restitution. When the perpetrator of a crime is sentenced, the judge can order the individual to pay restitution as part of the sentence. This may include costs for medical/dental bills, physical therapy, counseling, and current and future lost wages related to your injuries.
- Civil actions. Though the criminal court can award an injured victim the actual costs of the injury he or she sustained, a criminal court judge is not authorized to order restitution for immeasurable losses, such as lost potential or pain and suffering. Filing a civil lawsuit helps fill in the gaps in financial (and lifestyle) losses that restitution fails to pay.
- Florida State Victim Compensation. When the perpetrator of a crime is ordered to pay restitution, this reimbursement to the victim becomes the priority. By law, the offender must pay restitution before paying any other fines or fees. It is possible, however, that an offender will not have the means to pay or will not pay quickly enough. Florida’s Crimes Compensation Fund reimburses crime victims for expenses accrued due to a crime. Reimbursable expenses include funeral costs, medical expenses, counseling, and lost wages. To be eligible, the crime must be reported within 72 hours and claims must be filed within a year. The amount of compensation is also limited by the nature of the crime.
Diligent Legal Help From Our Fort Lauderdale Crime Victim Compensation Attorney
When you have been the victim of a crime in Florida, you are not relegated to one means of getting compensation. Your best chance of getting the money you need as quickly as possible is to file for all means of compensation at once. Our Fort Lauderdale attorney helps crime victims injured during a criminal act get the compensation needed for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Based in Fort Lauderdale, we have earned a reputation for competent service and positive outcomes for injury victims throughout the state of the Florida.