A robbery is a devastating crime that impacts many Americans each year. According to the FBI’s website, there were 323,374 robberies in the United States in 2016. The rate of robbery is higher in metropolitan areas. During this crime, a victim is often threatened with violence and is forced to surrender valuable items. Weapons are not always used, but when they are, the crime can be extremely difficult to recover from.
Dealing With Robbery In Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Police Department recently published some concerning statistics about robberies. In Philadelphia alone, 2,677 robberies involving the use of a gun were reported in 2016 and 3,492 robberies without the use of firearms were reported in the same year. The rate of robbery with firearms dropped 7% between 2015 and 2016, but this crime is still a serious issue in Philadelphia.
Injuries Suffered After This Crime
This crime is an extremely traumatic event and can leave lasting physical and mental damage for all victims. Due to the violent nature of robbery and the frequent use of firearms or physical force, these crimes can be difficult and expensive to recover from.
The National Center for the Victims of Crimes reported that 122,174 robberies in the United States involved victims being threatened or even attacked with firearms. After a robbery, you or your family member may be dealing with high medical bills due to treatment for:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Gunshot wounds
- Internal or external bleeding due to excessive force
- Severe anxiety or depression
This is not an exhaustive list and many other health issues can arise after being the victim of a robbery. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation if you have suffered medical issues after this crime. Discussing your options with a lawyer may present options to reduce your financial burden.
Dealing With Other Bills Afterwards
After this ordeal, you may be faced with other expenses that aren’t directly related to injuries sustained during the robbery. However, if you can prove the financial loss was connected to the incident you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Therapy or counseling to deal with trauma, even months later
- Lost wages due to missing work after getting injured
- Funeral expenses if your loved one did not survive the robbery
Contacting a lawyer will help you sort out your options and decide the right course of action to take.
Recovering From Property Loss
Although the safety of you and your family is a top priority, financial losses after robberies can also be hard to recover from. The FBI reported that Americans lost $390 million to this crime in 2016. Some items commonly lost during a robbery are:
- Precious jewelry such as wedding or engagement rings
- Electronics such as cell phones
- Cash or credit cards
- Purses and wallets
If you’ve lost any of the above items during a robbery, you know how hard they can be to replace without help.
If I Choose to Sue, Who Can I Target?
In many cases, you can sue the person who robbed you and caused your suffering. You also may be able to sue the property owner of the place you were robbed if their actions were negligent and allowed the robbery to take place.
Your lawyer can help you make the best decision about who you can sue after a robbery. Your goal should be to recover from the robbery as quickly and effectively as possible and to take back what you lost through medical bills or lost property. If your injuries were substantial, you also may be entitled to compensation for your unnecessary suffering.
Contacting a lawyer after a robbery can be beneficial for a wide variety of reasons. As previously discussed, it can earn you substantial compensation for your suffering and help you to recover the money to replace lost valuables. It can also provide a priceless sense of closure to victims of this crime. The person who victimized you will face justice, and you’ll be able to know you did the right thing for yourself and other innocent people that they may have harmed in the future.