Walking After Dark: The Rights of Pedestrians in Nighttime Car Accidents
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However, when these businesses fail to take necessary safety precautions, such as installing proper lighting, hiring security, utilizing security cameras, and taking other safety steps, they may be held accountable if you suffer injuries and trauma related to a criminal offense.
If you were the victim of a crime in Ohio, you might have the right to compensation for your damages.
As the victim of a crime in the state of Ohio, you have specific rights. First and foremost, you have the right to be informed about certain changes to your case. These changes might include the following:
However, you also have other rights. For example, you have the right to be protected from the defendant by police, you have the right to give a victim impact statement when the defendant is being sentenced if convicted, and the right to restitution from the defendant when they are convicted of the criminal offense in question.
Victims of criminal offenses also have the right to privacy. This means you could refuse discovery requests, depositions, or interview requests. Depending on the crime you experienced, you may also have the right to request that the details of your case not be made public.
After a crime has been committed, you may not know whether you are eligible for compensation for your damages. However, if you meet the following requirements, you may qualify:
Generally, anyone who assumes financial responsibility for the victim of a crime or has been a victim of a crime themselves may qualify for compensation for their suffering.
Additionally, suppose an individual passed away due to injuries sustained during a criminal offense. In that case, the decedent’s surviving family members or another financially responsible party may be able to file a wrongful death action.
Various criminal offenses could result in victims qualifying for compensation for their suffering. Criminal offenses also occur in many different locations.
There’s often an increase in injuries in certain places of business, including banks, nightclubs, parking garages, bars, sports venues, shopping malls, hotels, schools, and movie theaters.
The types of crimes you may recover compensation for include, but are not limited to, the following:
You have the right to seek compensation for every financial loss you have experienced due to the criminal offense. The types of expenses you could be reimbursed for include the following:
There are some limits to the amount and type of compensation you can seek when you have been the victim of a crime. These limits include the following:
Furthermore, your claim must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. According to the law, your application for benefits through the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program (OVCCP) must be filed within three years of the date of the criminal offense in question. If you don’t file your application before this deadline, you lose your opportunity to obtain restitution through the OVCCP.
Any losses not recovered through the OVCCP may be recouped when you file a claim with the insurance company or pursue a civil lawsuit against the person responsible for causing your damages.
Hold negligent businesses and other liable parties accountable for their actions when you are the victim of a crime. Fortunately, with help from an Ohio personal injury lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you could access the compensation and other benefits that are rightfully yours.
Do not hesitate to contact our team for a free consultation to learn more about filing a claim against a negligent third party. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to get started today.