Understanding Personal Assault Compensation
If you have been the victim of a personal assault then there is no need to suffer in silence. Personal injury law in Ontario allows you to make a claim for compensation following the traumatic aftermath of a personal assault. If you are concerned about your eligibility to make a claim then the first thing you need to do is to contact a personal injury lawyer. They will be able to go through the minute details of your case and will be able to inform you if you are eligible to make a claim as well as how much you can make a claim for. It is possible to forego the help of a personal injury lawyer, however this would not be of benefit to you. Not only will a personal injury lawyer bring with them the experience and skills necessary to navigate the complex waters of the legal system, but they will also be able to offer you empathy and kindness in a time of immense stress and upset. To help you understand how you would make a claim following a personal assault, here is a quick guide.
Making a Personal Assault Compensation Claim
If the personal assault that you have suffered did not take place in your working environment and you do not wish to bring a claim directly against the assailant, there is another option. You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which pays compensation directly to the victims of personal assault and other forms of criminal injury.
Who Is Eligible for Compensation?
If you are the victim of a violent crime that occurred in the province of Ontario, you may apply. You do not need to be a resident of Ontario to apply. Victims under the age of 18 and victims unable to manage their own personal affairs are eligible for compensation, however the claim must be advanced by a legal guardian.
Violent crimes include but are not limited to murder, attempted murder, assault, sexual assault, domestic abuse, firearm offenses, arson, and more. Injuries may be physical or psychological, however they must be meaningful injuries.
Family members of a deceased individual whose death was as a result of a violent crime may also apply for compensation.
Witnesses of a violent crime or discoverers of a violent crime scene may also be entitled to compensation if they endured mental or nervous shock.
Applications must be advanced within two years of the date of the incident, so it’s important to act quickly. If you or your family member is the victim of a violent crime or assault or you witnessed a violent crime, contact Zuber Brioux today. We’ll get you the compensation you deserve.