Crime Victim Lawyers in Houston, Texas
The crime victim lawyers in Houston, Texas, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, work closely with crime victims to help them seek compensation and justice for injuries they sustained because of a crime. Individuals who were murdered, sexually assaulted, or otherwise injured by a criminal act may be entitled to damages from perpetrators or companies or organizations who facilitated the crime. The lawyers, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, don’t prosecute the criminal case (that is up to the criminal justice system); instead they work to determine whether a perpetrator, company, or organization can be held liable for damages or losses that resulted from the crime. Crime victims may be entitled to receive compensation to for physical, mental and psychological losses, as well as to cover medical expenses and lost wages.
Victims of sexual assault, for example, may be entitled to seek damages from perpetrators and companies for their losses. Individuals who were sexually assaulted at a hotel, school, church, or while using a ride-sharing service, or elsewhere, may be entitled to seek damages for losses, counseling, therapy, lost wages, and other losses. When the criminal justice system cannot provide justice, victims may still be able to seek justice through the civil justice system and receive compensation for their losses and damages. The crime victim lawyers in Houston, Texas, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, may be able to assist you if you have been a victim of sexual assault, violent crime, or a family member was a homicide victim. Contact the Houston, Texas, crime victims’ lawyers at Blizzard Law, PLLC, today to learn more.
How a Crime Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas, Can Help You
If you were injured because of a crime in Houston, Texas, the lawyers at Blizzard Law, PLLC, may be able to help you. If a family member was murdered or you were a victim of sexual assault, or other violent crime, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. According to the National Crime Victim Bar Association, it is estimated that crime results in $450 billion in costs each year. Victims may require ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, therapy, counseling, and may lose wages if they have to miss work as a result of injuries they suffered due to a crime. If you or someone you love has suffered losses as a crime victim in Houston, Texas, the Houston, Texas lawyers at Blizzard Law, PLLC, may be able to help you.
Ways Crime Victims Can Receive Compensation
Crime victims can receive compensation from a number of sources. Victims may be able to seek compensation from perpetrators themselves. They may also be able to receive compensation through court-ordered restitution. As part of a perpetrator’s criminal sentence, he or she may be required to pay money to victims to cover losses related to criminal acts. Restitution however may not cover pain and suffering losses or losses due to emotional distress. Families that wish to seek these damages may need to pursue crime victim compensation.
Victims of violent crimes may also be entitled to seek money from government victims’ compensation funds. These funds may offer money to rape victims, assault victims, and homicide victims, to cover expenses resulting from the crime. While there may be crime victims’ funds to cover some losses, these funds may not cover all the losses that crime victims might face. A lawsuit against the perpetrator or against the company or organization where the crime took place may be able to help victims cover their expenses and heal from the trauma of being a victim of crime.
If you or someone you love was a crime victim, the Houston, Texas, lawyers at Blizzard Law, PLLC, may be able to help you. Our Houston, Texas, crime victims’ lawyers are here to hold negligent parties accountable and help you and your family seek justice. Contact the crime injury lawyers in Houston, Texas, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, today.
Types of Crimes for Which Victims May Be Entitled to Seek Compensation
Victims may be entitled to seek compensation for a range of crimes. If you were a victim of any of the crimes below, you may be entitled to seek damages for your injuries and losses. The crimes for which you may be entitled to seek damages include:
- If you were assaulted by another person, you might be entitled to seek damages for your injuries, medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Even if the person didn’t physically hurt you, you may have suffered emotional and psychological consequences because of the assault. Sexual assault for example may not always involve physical contact. It can include indecent exposure and other sexually threatening actions.
- If you were physically harmed by another person, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and other losses.
- Wrongful Death. If you or someone you love was killed due to the actions of another person, the surviving family may have the right to seek damages for their losses. Wrongful death can include vehicular homicide which results from someone driving while under the influence.
These are just some of the situations where a crime victim may be entitled to seek damages. Sometimes crime victims may be entitled to seek damages when a crime occurred on another person or company’s property. Third-party liability can include hotels, landlords, shopping malls, stores, colleges, churches, or other organizations. For example, if a hotel failed to have proper safety procedures in place or knew of the risk of criminal activity, but didn’t take measures to prevent it, you may have the right to sue the hotel for damages. Colleges must have clear procedures in place to prevent sexual assault and other violent crimes and must take steps to protect victims of these crimes. In these settings, victims of college crimes may have additional rights under Title IX (including the right to change schedules or living arrangements). Churches that fail to report crimes like sexual assault that they know to be taking place can also be held liable for damages.
If you or someone you love was injured in a crime, the crime victims’ lawyers in Houston, Texas, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, may be able to help you. We can review the details of your case, gather evidence, file a lawsuit, and fight to hold responsible parties accountable. Victims of crimes can suffer immensely, but you don’t need to suffer alone or in silence. The crime injury lawyers in Houston, Texas, at Blizzard Law, PLLC, are here to help you.