New York Crime Victims’ Compensation
Are you or a loved one the victim of a crime? Under New York law, you have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the criminal offender as well as any others whose negligence led to your fate. You also have the right to seek restitution and crime victim compensation from the state for your monetary losses.
At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, in New York City, our lawyers help crime victims and their families understand their rights and pursue the actions necessary to recover the full financial compensation they are entitled to. Contact our New York crime victims’ compensation lawyers for experienced representation in any of the five boroughs, including Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
See our New York Crime Victims’ Rights page for more detailed information about this subject.
Sources of Compensation
Sources of compensation that may be available to you include:
- Restitution: This reimburses victims for expenses related to a crime. Restitution is part of the sentence a judge imposes on the guilty party. A good example is a judge sentencing a stock broker to a period of imprisonment and also requiring him to pay back his customers for the money he stole.
- Crime victim compensation: New York State has a fund that reimburses crime victims for economic loss — including any medical or funeral costs — as the result of a crime.
- Civil lawsuits: A civil lawsuit can help victims recover damages for economic loss as well as emotional damage resulting from a crime. A victim can file one against the criminal as well as against anyone who facilitated the crime. For example, a sex crime victim may be able to file a lawsuit against her rapist and against her landlord for inadequate security.
Recovering these sources of compensation can admittedly be difficult. In some instances, you may never recover the full amount you deserve as a New York crime victim. However, this should not deter you from seeking justice. Seeking financial damages gives you your day in court, even if the crime was never brought to trial. This can be all you need to recover emotionally from the harm done to you.
At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, we are attentive to your needs. We will help you decide whether seeking compensation is the best decision for you.
The NYC crime victim compensation law firm of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick represents clients in all five boroughs of New York: Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and in New York County, Kings County, Richmond County, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Westchester County, Rockland County, and the remainder of the State of New York.
The discussion on this page is generic and may not be specific to NY law and in fact, NY law may be materially different.