Thank you for your answer. Would it be better for my civil case to wait for the state to make a decision to drop the case at the summons hearing, of would it hurt my case to drop the charges myself? Should I I civilly sue the establishment or the individual? Also, should I make a claim to the NJ victims crime board? They just require a police report. Thanks!!!
Hello,I think it would be better for your civil case to let the state drop the criminal charges.In general, you would sue the establishment as well as your assailant if you could establish that their negligence allowed the assault to occur. You'd want to take that up in detail with the civil attorney, because if you're going to prosecute or sue, you don't want all of that on the web.Yes, you should absolutely apply for the compensation from the Victims Crime Board. It would appear that you would be eligible, regardless of whether the case is prosecuted or the assailant is convicted. It would appear, however, that you would have to cooperate with the police as a precondition. Here's the link to NJ's information on eligibility.
Should I sue the individual and establishment, and also file a crime victim benefit, or one or the other. I believe the crime victims board would remove any award I may receive from the civil trial. My witness turned on me, so I don't think I have a good case. I do have medical records of a neck injury, and a severe concussion, if that would help a case. Also, I have had trouble finding an attorney to try this civilly, but I have not had much luck. Do you know of an attorney in NJ that would take the case? Thanks!!! You have been great!
Fran, thanks for your expertise!!!!
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