The victims of domestic abuse are often psychologically dependent on their abuser, and even when they are not, they may simply be afraid that leaving will make things worse. They fear that their abuser will find them and punish them for leaving. If you have suffered injuries due to domestic abuse, and you are unsure about how to proceed, it is time to reach out to a dedicated Chicago personal injury attorney who is familiar with domestic abuse injury cases.
These individuals may also be financially dependent upon their abuser, or their finances are intermingled in such a manner that they feel they cannot afford to leave. Unfortunately, staying in any abusive relationship is usually more dangerous than leaving, and the children caught in these situations are also at risk by remaining in the usually escalating abusive situation.
Criminal Versus Civil Cases
Domestic abuse cases are often complicated, with emotions running high, the victim may be injured, sometimes seriously, yet still resists pressing charges and sending their one-time partner to jail. They may be afraid of retaliation, or simply do not want to get involved with the legal system in this manner.
Filing a civil case provides an option that does not involve pressing criminal charges against the abuser. It does, however, provide the abused party with an option to receive a monetary settlement for the injuries he or she has suffered at the hands of their abuser. Depending upon the extent of the injuries, this settlement is often enough to help the victim start over.
Civil cases are also easier to prove than criminal cases, because criminal cases require proof “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but civil cases rely on “preponderance of the evidence,” which is a much easier legal standard to achieve. Therefore, bringing a civil case forth is often less complicated and involved than criminal court proceedings.
Reach Out to a Qualified Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
It is never an easy situation when you are involved in an abusive relationship. It is even more difficult when your children are caught in the middle. However, with proper planning, family support, and qualified legal help, you may find that separating yourself from your abuser is actually possible. Our compassionate team of lawyers at Shea Law Group will work with you to ensure you receive the settlement you are entitled to. Give us a call today at 1-877-365-0040 to discuss your options.