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Can I File a Personal Injury Suit if I Was Injured in a Robbery?

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IL injury lawyerBeing violently robbed is one of the most terrifying experiences that can happen to a person. The loss of property often pales in comparison to the fear, trauma, and physical injuries that a victim of robbery may experience in such an event. Following the event, lost sleep, flashbacks, and nausea are common, as are long recovery times from broken bones, lacerations, and even gunshot wounds.

If you have been seriously injured in a Texas robbery, you may feel like you are left to heal and recover alone. Fortunately, you may have options for taking legal action in a personal injury lawsuit.

Who is Responsible for an Injury During a Robbery?

While robberies that happen in a private home or on a city street may leave no one responsible but the perpetrator himself, you may be able to recover civil damages for personal injury in addition to the criminal punishments he will face.

If you work at a location that is at a high risk of being robbed, such as a bank or a gas station, you may wonder if you can hold your employer responsible for negligent security conditions. Texas does not require employers to buy workers’ compensation insurance, but if they do, you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation or disability coverage. If they do not, you may be able to file a workplace injury lawsuit against your employer.

Suing a Robber For Assault and Battery

With any luck, the person responsible for committing the robbery will be held criminally responsible for their actions and sometimes a criminal conviction can be used as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Even if they are not criminally convicted, you can still sue them in civil court to recover damages for your injuries and suffering.

Be sure to document your injuries thoroughly and keep records of hospital bills, police reports, and any other evidence to prove that you were injured by your assailant. A personal injury attorney can help you gather further evidence and build a strong case against the perpetrator. You may be able to successfully negotiate a settlement with the assailant or their insurance company, or you may need to go to trial to obtain the results you deserve.

Contact a Dallas-Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer

In addition to the inherent trauma that victims of a robbery suffer, bodily injuries can keep victims from working - in the most serious cases, they may never be able to work again. If you were injured in a robbery, let the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys with Clark Law Group help you determine who is responsible and pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at 469-906-2266 to schedule your consultation.

 

Sources:

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/topic-pages/robbery

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.22.htm

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