If you have been a victim of a crime such as child sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault, assault, a shooting or stabbing, or you have lost a loved one as a result of another person committing a criminal offense like Murder or Homicide by Vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.
Every state has a crime victim compensation program that helps cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with being the victim of a crime. New Jersey has a Victims of Crime Compensation Office that may provide victims with up to $25,000.00 in benefits. In Pennsylvania, victims may seek assistance from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program. What many do not know is that they may be entitled to compensation in addition to any monetary funds provided through one of these programs.
A civil suit may be filed against the individual who committed the crime or a third-party who, for example, failed to properly supervise the person. These civil suits often involve claims for negligence and wrongful death. Under Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop law, a bartender at a nightclub who serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, insane person, or a minor may be legally responsible for any injuries caused as a result of the intoxication. These suits are filed more often than victims may realize. The family of a Philadelphia homicide victim recently sued the bar where her killer had been drinking prior to the murder. A family filed a wrongful death suit against Tiger Woods after the bartender served their son multiple drinks at a bar owned by Woods and was killed in a one-car crash after leaving the bar. A recent New Jersey dram shop case settled for $1.08 million.
If a drunk driver causes a collision and the crash results in injuries or death, the victim and their families have a right to financial compensation. As a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer, attorney Lauren A. Wimmer primarily represents defendants charged with criminal offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wimmer Criminal Defense, PC also represent victims and witnesses. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime, attorney Lauren A. Wimmer may be able to assist you in recovering money. Call (215) 712-1212 for a free consultation.