If you have been injured by the commission of a crime of violence in Ontario then you may be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injury Compensation Board. You do not have to be a Canadian Citizen or a resident of Canada or Ontario. As long as the crime was committed in Ontario, you can qualify.
Many victims of sexual assault are aware that the perpetrator can be charged criminally for their actions; however, many are not aware that they can claim compensation from the Criminal Injury Compensation Board or sue the perpetrator personally.
Raphael Barristers have handled many cases through the Criminal Injury Compensation Board. In some circumstances, we have also advanced a concurrent civil law suit against the perpetrator of the crime and/or the establishment where the incident took place and/or the employer of the perpetrator. Establishing negligence or fault with the establishment where the incident took place or the employer is important because often the perpetrator of the crime does not have the financial means to pay damages. It is important to have the entire circumstances of the incident reviewed with competent counsel to see if there are other avenues of recovery available to the victim of crime.
Compensation from the Criminal Injury Compensation Board can include a payment for pain and suffering, loss of income or medical bills. The Board will also routinely award an amount to help pay for a lawyer to assist you. Similar claims can be advance in a civil law suit; however, the civil damage awards are generally significantly higher than the awards from the Criminal Injury Compensation board.
Raphael Barristers lawyers have been helping victims of crime and personal injury victims for over 50 years in Toronto and Southern Ontario. Affordability should not be a concern for people that seek our help. Subject to certain exceptions, we will take on your case and agree to be paid only if we are successful in achieving a settlement or Judgment at trial. That means you would only be required to pay the lawyers’ fees if a settlement is achieved or Judgment is obtained at trial. If the case is not successful then you would not be charged any fees. Please call Jeffrey Raphael at 416-594-1812 or 1-877-217-1812 for a free consultation or visit:www.raphaelbarristers.com