Crime Victim Lawyers in Southwest Florida
As personal injury attorneys, we help victims of many different types of situations that have caused them a serious injury, or in some cases, even their death. We have spent decades fighting for the rights to financial compensation for motor vehicle crash victims, people who have suffered an injury from slipping and falling, construction accident injuries and other cases in which someone acted in a negligent or careless way.
But many people don't realize that Goldberg Noone attorneys also fight for justice for people who have been victimized by someone committing a violent crime against them.
There are many circumstances where a person can be injured because they were the victim of a crime.
- Shooting Victims
- Sexual Assault Victims
- Assault & Battery Victims
- Drunk Driver Victims
- Child Molestation Victims
There are still other situations in which you may have been injured by a reckless act performed by someone else, like drivers who cause automobile crashes because they were driving drunk, under the influence of drugs, or distracted by their cell phones.
Many crime victims have no idea what to do when they are victimized by a violent criminal act and may not realize they have legal rights as well. Our job is to fight for financial compensation to help you with things like medical bills, emotional and mental distress, and other economic hardships caused by the criminal act.
If you have been victimized by a criminal attack, it may have taken place on a property that should have taken more serious measures to protect your safety. Our crime victim attorneys have settled injury cases for people who have been physically assaulted at apartment complexes, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centers and other places that are open to the public. We aggressively fight the insurance companies of the property owners and management companies to hold them accountable when their negligence results in a preventable attack, and to force them to take safety measures more seriously, so that the risk for those visiting the premises is reduced or eliminated in the future. Some of these types of cases fall under the category of premises liability, and also negligent security.
Additionally, one of our firm's Managing Partners, Scot Goldberg, was formerly an Assistant State Attorney prior to opening his private practice. In that role, Scot prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and gained immeasurable experience that help our efforts in criminal civil cases.
The Goldberg Noone Law Firm has successfully prosecuted several cases for victims of violent crimes. We have recently obtained six figure settlements for clients who were violently attacked and raped in a hotel, and another who was shot while visiting an apartment complex. Neither of these victims did anything wrong and had no way to know they were going to be attacked that day. Property owners however have a duty to consider the crime levels in the area they conduct business, and make sure they take reasonable safety measures in accordance with those risks. When a property owner or manager fails to do this, criminal attacks and severe injuries are imminent.
A business owner or property manager has a legal duty to all who set foot on their property to provide a reasonable degree of security and safety. When their failure to do so creates a situation where someone suffers a violent attack, we step in to ensure that victim is aggressively represented, and to seek fair and reasonable compensation for their injuries.
Victims of Drunk Driver Crashes
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (both legal and illegal) to the extent your normal faculties are impaired is a crime in Florida. If you're involved in a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver, you have legal rights that need to be vigorously protected in order to obtain a fair settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.
The reckless act of getting behind the wheel when intoxicated or high on drugs endangers the lives of over 100 million people annually. Bad decisions and poor choices can quickly become a criminal act when a drunk driver slams into another car, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian. For some reason, it seems in many cases involving drunk driving crashes, the impaired driver walks away with little or no physical injuries, while the person or people he hit can suffer catastrophic, life-changing injuries, or even death.
Even though the drunk driver may be charged with a crime and end up in jail, that does not automatically mean you have no financial recourse against them. Their auto insurance policy carrier may be liable for certain compensation you can recover with the help of an experienced and skilled Fort Myers DUI crash victim attorney.
Almost 1/3 of all traffic deaths are the result of an alcohol-related crash. Drunk driving is a tragic problem in our country, and its victims deserve every possible effort to find justice. It's one thing to be the cause of a crash because you simply made a bad driving decision or reacted poorly to a dangerous road or traffic condition.
But it's a whole different set of circumstances when the driver who caused the crash intentionally gets behind the wheel drunk or high. These tragic types of crashes present an entirely unique set of circumstances for our DUI victim attorneys, and we are very well versed in the laws, state statutes and insurance company tricks that will affect the outcome of your case.
Insurance companies are notorious for doing everything they possibly can tonot pay anything on a claim against one of their insured. In a lot of our cases, the insurance company will start out by minimizing your injuries altogether, to avoid accepting the consequences for their drunk driver's actions. This tactic is the first in a long line of things they will do to stall your case for as long as possible to get you to just go away.
Our firm has been doing this for long enough to know just how to deal with the giant auto insurers and their armies of lawyers, adjusters and claims reps. If you've been victimized by a drunk or drugged driver, your life may feel like it is in shambles, and you're going to have hundreds of questions. Our job is to deal with the insurance company while you focus on getting physically better, and getting your life back in order.
Having the right law firm behind you can be a critical part of your recovery, both physical and financial.
Can I Sue if I am the Victim of a Crime?
Crime victims in our area can obtain both restitution and civil damages. A victim can sue an offender, even when the offender has been ordered to pay restitution. However, in cases where the victim receives crime victim compensation and court-ordered restitution, victims cannot collect twice for the same loss.
The experienced crime victim attorneys at Goldberg Noone are your advocates, standing with you at every step of the way to ensure the best outcome from a terrible situation. We fully understand the trauma you are going through, and we'll do whatever it takes to help you get back on your feet. Our entire team are all caring, compassionate people who have real concern for the well-being of our clients, and we are 100% dedicated to helping, no matter if it involves a complex legal issue or simply a ride to see your doctor – we're always here for you.
Other Victim Resources
We can also help you find other resources for crime victims. There are several local, state and federal programs that have been established to provide help to those victimized by a criminal act, and we know the most advantageous ways to connect our clients to those resources to begin to put their lives back together.
The Florida Attorney General's Office has a comprehensive library of available information about what to do if you're a victim of a crime – you can find it here
One Call Will Answer All Your Questions
It never costs a thing to call and speak with an attorney about your situation. We'll gladly sit down with you to review all of your possible options, and we can guide you through what you should do to ensure your legal rights are fully protected. Call our main office in Fort Myers at 239-461-5508, or just complete this simple form, and an attorney will contact you directly.
Crime victims have rights in Florida, and we're here to make certain our clients are never pushed aside or forgotten.