Police crime tape is a ubiquitous feature on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love. Indeed, according to the independent, nonprofit journalism community, The Gun Crisis Reporting Project, the most recent spate of shooting puts Philadelphia on track, with 134 homicides, to match the murder rates from 2013. The group is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to stop gun violence in the City of Brotherly Love. See more statistics here.
Senseless Violence and Collateral Damage
While the nation’s fourth largest police department struggles to put an end to the violent epidemic, they admit that they have no idea what is causing this spike in gun related shooting, which reads more like a report from downtown Baghdad than it does from the south side of Philadelphia. Just recently in a three hour time period, eight separate shootings across the city resulted in two deaths and more than a dozen victims filling local hospital emergency rooms.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of the senseless violence that has taken over Philadelphia’s streets, then you need to explore all your legal avenues. Unfortunately, the trauma of getting shot is often just the beginning of a long road back to full recovery. Medical bills, lost wages, unemployment, and even impending homelessness can be the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Reality of Shooting Crimes
The news reports are unbiased in reporting shooting locations, and reports are as likely to originate in a retail location, work place environment, or other locations that we all have to inhabit from time to time. In the aftermath of a reported shooting, police investigators arrive and begin their preliminary investigation. Unfortunately, while they are dedicated to solving the crime, their resources are stretched remarkably thin, and other than being a name on a police report, the victim’s recovery is not the police’s responsibility.
It is for this reason that you should consider hiring the services of a qualified legal team to explore all avenues of the investigation that will lead to financial aid, that you and your family will need to get through this life shattering experience. Whether it was the failure of a business to provide adequate lighting in their parking lot, or tracing the sale of the weapon used in the crime back to the seller, a competent crime victim lawyer is an imperative part of your recovery team.
Let them run down the details of the case, and secure you the immediate relief that you need, so that you have the time and resources that you need to walk your way back to a full recovery. In the event of a homicide, there is no way to replace that loss with a dollar figure, but holding those responsible for their negligence will add an element of closure to a tragedy that was unexpected and unasked for.