Frequently Asked Questions About Crime Victim Compensation

Whom Can I Sue for Injuries Suffered in a Criminal Attack?

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

Can Family Members Recover Compensation?

What Compensation Can I Recover?

What Is the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program?

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Crime Victim Lawsuits?

What if I Have a Different Question?

Whom Can I Sue for Injuries Suffered in a Criminal Attack?

Our lawyers typically sue the property owner or manager for unsafe conditions, lack of warning, or negligent security that allowed the attack to happen. In many cases, assault is a preventable crime that someone failed to prevent.

While you can also sue the perpetrator, most criminals do not have enough assets to pay damage awards.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

Our law firm charges on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is contingent upon recovering compensation for you. You pay nothing upfront. If we are unable to recover compensation, you will owe us nothing.

Our fee will be a percentage of the amount recovered from the liability insurance of the property owner or manager. If we need to hire experts to prove your case, we will recover those expenses from the verdict or settlement before we apply the contingency fee percentage.

Can Family Members Recover Compensation?

Family members can recover compensation in cases of wrongful death. Family members may also be able to recover compensation for their losses that result from a family member's injury.

What Compensation Can I Recover?

You can recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is typically the largest part of the total award, and includes such damages as emotional distress from the attack.

What Is the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program?

In addition to compensation from the civil justice system, you may be able to obtain monetary benefits from the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program (GCVCP). Our lawyers will use our understanding of crime victim programs to help you recover all of the compensation available to you.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Crime Victim Lawsuits?

The statute of limitations for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits is normally two years in Georgia. However, if you are suing the state, a city or a county, you must first file a specific notice letter (known as an ante litem) within the following deadlines:

  • Six months for a claim against a city
  • One year for a claim against the state of Georgia or a county

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you think your assault injury resulted from the negligence of a property owner or manager.

If You Have Other Questions

For answers to your questions about the rights of crime victims in Georgia, call 770-901-2666 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. Our law office is in Atlanta.