Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

by insurance, Crime Victims’ Compensation,

A civil case is a separate case than the criminal case.

or any restitution the criminal judge may have ordered the offender to pay. the offender to pay to you. Liability of the Defendant

Damages may be paid to you for past and future medical expenses, permanent scarring or disfigurement, loss use of a limb or other bodily function, travel to and from medical appointments, lost wages, as well as lost future earning capacity, pain and suffering (past, present and future), loss of love and companionship, and funeral expenses. Funeral expenses. However, no matter the quality of your case, if the defendant has neither insurance nor recoverable income nor assets, a civil suit may be wasted time, energy, and money. If the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and does have income and assets, your attorney may still advise against a suit. The offender will still owe the judgment although you may have a difficult time collecting on that judgment. Instead of, or in addition to, filing a case against the substance impaired driver responsible for the crash and his or her insurance company, you may also have an action against a “third party.” A third party Collecting a judgment may be challenging when the offender doesn’t have any insurance or has limited assets.

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