Civil Lawsuits for Oklahoma Crime Victims

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime, you may be able to find justice through a criminal trial if the defendant is convicted.  You may even be able to achieve some restitution from the Oklahoma Crime Victims' Compensation Program, funded by federal and state offenders through fines and penalties.  However, in some cases, you may only be able to find the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries by hiring an Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer who can help you bring a civil lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries. One family in Frederick, Oklahoma, is doing just that after their teenage son was assaulted in a locker room at school.  According to the parents bringing the lawsuit, their 15-year-old son was a victim of rape by instrumentation at the hands of three of the boy's basketball teammates.  After the assault in December 2010, the three accused teens were charged as juveniles in Tillman County District Court. For this family, criminal prosecution of the three defendants is not enough.  According to the lawsuit, the school district and the parents of the assailants are also liable in the attack on their son.  The lawsuit names the Frederick Public Schools, the three attackers, and the parents of the attackers, and is requesting judgment exceeding $75,000 from each of the defendants in the civil suit.  The plaintiffs' Oklahoma personal injury attorney is pursuing the case on grounds of assault and battery, parental liability, negligence, federal discrimination, due process violation, and infliction of emotional distress. Civil lawsuits following criminal acts are often brought against the perpetrator of a crime; for example, an attacker in an assault case or an intoxicated driver in a DUI accident.  However, there are other potentially liable parties who may be partially to blame because of their negligence.  An establishment that over-serves a drunk patron prior to a serious DUI accident may be held accountable in court.  A school district that fails to protect students from dangerous playground equipment, bullies, or other safety hazards may be named in a personal injury lawsuit.  An apartment complex or other establishment that has inadequate lighting or security leading to a rape, robbery, or assault may be considered liable for the crime. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a criminal act, you may be able to pursue compensation from not only the criminal defendant, but also from any parties whose negligence contributed to the crime.