1. Civil claim for a crime victims
While the criminal case revolves around holding the criminal accountable, a civil claim involves investigating the crime itself. In a civil claim, we may look at how the crime occurred, why it occurred, and whether it could have been prevented somehow. Any person, school, company or other entity who could have prevented the child molestation from occurring, who had a legal duty to do so, may be held negligent under the law and be required to compensate the victim.
2. Florida Crime Victim Compensation Fund
In addition to a criminal case or civil claim, a victim of child molestation in Florida may also file a claim for victim compensation through the Attorney General’s office. The amount of compensation and type of compensation may be very limited, but it is available particularly in cases where a victim may not qualify for a civil claim. It may also help give the victim money upfront to help pay for counseling and other medical care.
Damages for Crime Victims
If a person or entity had a legal duty to protect the minor and failed to do so, they could be responsible to pay for all of the victim’s pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical care and more. In some circumstances, the entity may also be liable for punitive damages to punish the entity and hopefully deter future conduct.
If your child was a victim of child molestation, please know that the Law Offices of Jason Turchin has extensive experience representing victims against neighbors, family members, clergy, private schools and other entities. To learn more about how a crime victim’s rights attorney could help investigate your child molestation claim to see if you qualify for compensation, check out victim’s rights lawyer Jason Turchin’s article on Florida Child Molestation Claims (https://www.victimaid.com/molestation.html). To see if you qualify for compensation, you can also reach the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at (800) 337-7755. They handle cases throughout the entire state of Florida.