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Compensation for Personal Injuries Caused by Acts of Violence

Posted on in Personal Injury

San Jose personal injury attorney, violent crimes, violent assaults, sex crimes, assault injuriesBeing a victim of a violent crime is a harrowing experience. Whether you suffer personal injuries due to assault and battery or as the result of a sex crime, it can leave physical and emotional scars that take years from which to recover. To alleviate the additional burden of lost wages and mountains of medical debt in relation to your injuries, there are options available that can provide the compensation needed to meet these and other costs.

Violent Crimes in San Jose

According to the San Jose Police Department (SJPD), nearly 4,200 residents of our area were victims of violent crimes over the course of 2017. This represents a significant increase over the prior years figures, and more than half of these involved violent assaults and sexual crimes. Injuries that are often related to these crimes include:

  • Broken bones and soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strains and sprains;
  • Back and neck injuries, involving fractured vertebrae and herniated discs;
  • Severe lacerations involving knife or puncture wounds;
  • Major bruising, causing damage to the underlying nerves;
  • Head injuries, resulting in concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries;
  • Internal injuries, resulting in scar tissue and internal bleeding;
  • Gun shot wounds, causing damage to internal organs;
  • Spinal injuries, resulting in partial or complete paralysis.

In addition to your physical injuries, the psychological damages you suffer can also be severe. Victims of violent crimes often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting in depression, sleep disturbances, and anxiety disorders.

Compensation for Victims of Violent Crimes

For violent crime victims, having to shoulder the burden of bearing the costs for medical care, lost wages, and other expenses only adds to the sense of injustice they already feel. Compensation may be available to help offset these costs, either through a civil lawsuit against the at fault party or by filing a claim with the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB). Those who may be eligible for these benefits include victims of the following:

  • Assault and battery;
  • Sexual assault and rape;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Hate crimes;
  • Elder abuse;
  • Car accidents caused by drunk drivers;
  • Hit and run;
  • Human trafficking;
  • Robbery; and
  • Online crimes.

Benefits may also be available to the family members of homicide and murder victims. Compensation may cover the costs of any related medical expenses, losses in income and benefits, modifications to your home or car to account for a disability, and ongoing therapy to help you recover from the crime. You may also be entitled to compensation for relocation costs, crime scene clean up, and any other expenses you incur as the result of the crime of your injuries.

Contact Us Today for Help

For victims of violent crimes and their family members, our talented San Jose personal injury attorneys act as strong legal advocates on your side to help ensure you get the benefits you and your family are entitled to. Reach out and contact Jachimowicz Law Group to request a consultation today to discuss your case and how we can help you in seeking compensation for the injuries and damages you have suffered.

Sources:

http://www.sjpd.org/CrimeStats/crimestats.html

http://victims.ca.gov/victims/

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