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IL injury lawyerMany people would agree that there is no such thing as a “victimless crime.” The most notorious crimes are those that are directly against another person, like murder, assault, battery, sexual assault, etc. Not only do these crimes often have a significant physical impact, but they can also have a large emotional and even financial impact on the victim and his or her family. For example, a person who is a victim of battery may have unexpected expenses stemming from medical costs, or a person who is a victim of driving while under the influence may experience costs pertaining to their vehicle, in addition to medical costs. Fortunately, you do have options for compensation if you have been injured as a victim of a crime.

Filing a Civil Lawsuit to Recover Compensation

In most cases, a victim of a crime has the right to file a lawsuit to recoup damages sustained in that crime, but there may be certain circumstances that may hinder your ability to collect. If the perpetrator of the crime does not have extensive assets, there may be nothing to sue for, however, in some cases, a person’s insurance may help pay expenses relating to a civil lawsuit. Discussing your case with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will help you determine whether or not filing a lawsuit is advisable.

The Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Fund

The state of Illinois also has programs to help those who have been victims of violent crime. The Crime Victims Compensation Act states that victims of certain crimes can be eligible for up to $27,000 of financial assistance to help them and their families get back on their feet after the crime. To be eligible, a person must have been a victim of an eligible crime, such as sexual assault, sexual abuse, assault, battery, arson, murder, etc. The victim must also have reported the crime in a timely manner (usually within 72 hours, or seven days in cases of a sexual nature) and cooperate with any and all proceedings relating to criminal prosecution. The Crime Victims Compensation Act can provide funds to help with:

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IL injury lawyerThere is no denying that an argument between two people may escalate to violence when alcohol is involved. These types of physical altercations can take place between spouses or family members in private, such as someone’s home. In other scenarios, they can occur in public places between strangers, such as at a bar or a restaurant. A simple misunderstanding can turn violent if individuals are intoxicated or impaired after drinking too much. Typically, a person is liable for injuries if he or she assaults another person. However, if a dining establishment intentionally over-serves a patron who is already clearly intoxicated, then they too could also be liable for injuries suffered in a bar fight under the Illinois Dram Shop Act.

Physical and Psychological Damage

Any traumatic event that results in harm, such as a car accident or an attack, can lead to both physical and emotional damage to the victim. Suffering injuries after being punched, kicked, or attacked in any way can make someone very anxious or fearful of going out again, especially if the incident occurred at a public place.

A few of the most common types of injuries suffered in a bar fight include:

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IL injury lawyerAlthough the terms “assault” and “battery” typically go hand in hand, they are actually two separate crimes under Illinois law. Assault is when someone knowingly engages in conduct that places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Battery is when a person knowingly causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature. In other words, assault is the threat of harm, while battery involves actual physical contact. These offenses are different from other personal injuries that result from a negligent party since they are intentional. Therefore, in addition to the criminal case, a victim of assault and/or battery can pursue a civil case against his or her alleged perpetrator.

Damages for Assault and Battery

It is important to note that it is not necessary for a defendant to be convicted in a criminal trial for a victim to file a civil claim against him or her. As long as the plaintiff suffered damages because of the defendant’s wrongful actions, he or she can file a civil lawsuit. According to the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act, victims of violent crimes such as assault and battery can receive up to $27,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses. Proof of some of these costs can include receipts for doctor visits or copies of medical records.

Below are a few examples of the damages a victim can seek for pain and suffering after an assault and battery:

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IL injury attorneyWhen the average person gets into an argument with someone, it does not often end in physical blows to one another. When alcohol is involved in these arguments, disagreements can become physical quickly and these damages from a bar fight can be detrimental to your well-being. If an alcohol-fueled brawl takes place at the location where the alcohol was purchased, such as a bar or club, the establishment may be liable for damages that occur there. In addition to charges that you may file against the establishment, you can also file assault and battery charges against the other person who was involved in the fight if injuries from the fight caused you undue hardship.

Illinois Dram Shop Act

The Illinois Dram Shop Act, also known as the Liquor Control Act of 1934, states that businesses that sell alcohol can be held liable for the actions of those that they sell alcohol to. A couple of key pieces of information must be proved in order to hold an establishment liable. You must prove that:

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Park Ridge Bar Fight Injuries LawyerSeptember is a unique time for Chicago area sports fans. The baseball season has reached its home stretch, the NBA preseason is just around the corner, and, most notably, both college and pro football have begun. With so much action happening, sports fans are fired up.

At local bars, it can be hard to stick to just one of the many massive flat screen TVs showing games. All too often, a peaceful viewing experience can be difficult to find on big game days. Sports are all about rivalries, and due to conflicting allegiances, both regionally and nationally, the atmosphere in sports bars can become tense – hostile, even – when rival fans are present.

Often, disputes arise during close games, and the presence of alcohol only serves to escalate tensions, providing the “fire to the fuse” in these conflicts. Whether in a bar, at a tailgate, or at home, alcohol is all-pervasive when it comes to sports viewing. Because games can last for several hours, including the pre-game run-up, it is not uncommon for a significant number of drinks to be consumed. Heated rivalries plus alcohol plus the viewing of often violent on-the-field conduct creates a recipe for conflict that can and does result in fighting. As such, it is important to know what to do and where to turn if you have been injured in an altercation.

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