Nashville Crime Victim Attorney -Tennessee Crime Victim Lawyers
David Randolph Smith
David Randolph Smith Edmund J. Schmidt III
Phone:(615) 742-1775
Toll-Free:(800) 394-2119
Fax: (615) 742-1223

Nashville Attorney: Justice for Crime Victims

Nashville Crime Victim Lawyer

Pursuing Full Compensation for Victims of Crimes

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No one should have to fall victim to a violent crime, much less to one that could have been prevented. Our firm works tirelessly to obtain monetary recoveries for our clients to help them heal from devastating physical and emotional trauma.

David Randolph Smith is a member of the National Crime Victims Bar Association and is dedicated to helping crime victims obtain justice and compenation caused by criminal acts.

We primarily pursue cases throughout the state of Tennessee and are networked through the National Crime Victim Bar Association to pursue cases in all 50 states, whatever it takes to best serve our clients.

Initial consultations are free, private, and can take place in the security of our office, or an area where the victim is most comfortable. Contact us at 1-800-394-2119, or send a message directly to our attorneys through our free confidential on line form above.

Representing Innocent Victims of Crime

Every day in Nashville and throughout Tennessee, innocent people become the victims of violent crimes. Sadly, many of the murders, rapes, sexual assaults, shootings, robberies and other serious crimes could have been prevented if property owners or other negligent parties would have taken simple steps before the crime was committed. In many cases, property and business owners know of the high risk of crime but still fail to take simple, cost-efficient steps to protect their customers and employees.

Helping Tennessee Crime Victims with Civil Lawsuits

Many crime victims or families of crime victims believe that there is nothing more that can be done outside of the criminal case. Often, the victim or the family of the victim is left feeling that the criminal received less than what they deserved or that something easily could have been done to prevent a crime. This is where a civil case can be a powerful tool to help victims and their families to recover from a crime.

Holding Property Owners Accountable

When a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to insure safety and someone is the victim of a crime on their property, a claim can be made for monetary damages under a theory of law known as premises liability. Other businesses, such as property managers or security companies could also be held liable for their negligence in failing to provide adequate supervision or security on a property.

Owners of the following properties may be liable in a civil case when a crime occurs on their property:

+ Gas stations
+ Convenience stores
+ Fast food restaurants
+ Shopping malls
+ Shopping centers
+ Apartment buildings
+ Bars
+ Hospitals
+ College and university campuses
+ High school campuses
+ Junior high campuses
+ Hotels and motels
+ Parking lots
+ Parking garages
+ Dorm rooms
+ Other properties

Free Confidential Consultation

If you, a family member, or a friend has been the victim of a crime, contact a Nashville, Tennessee crime victim lawyer from David Randolph Smith & Associates for a free, confidential consultation. We will take the time to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the case. We do not charge anything for discussing the case and all facts will be kept confidential. We accept all crime victim cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge a fee until your case is settled or won in court.

Nashville, Tennessee Rape Victim Lawyer

David Randolph Smith & Associates represent the victims of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual assault in Nashville, Davidson County and throughout Tennessee. Many rape victims do not know that they can file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator or possibly property owners where the crime occurred.

Nashville, Tennessee Murder Victim Lawyer

When a family has to deal with the loss of a loved one as the result of murder, the criminal system can leave a family feeling helpless. Plea-bargains, overcrowded jails that pressure early release, or a lack of crime victim assistance can be a frustrating part of the criminal system. Many families of Tennessee murder victims do not even know that they can file a lawsuit against the person who committed the murder or possibly property owners whose negligence failed to prevent a murder from happening on their property.

Nashville, Tennessee Convenience Store and Gas Station Robbery Victim Lawyer

We see too many headlines in Tennessee of gas station or convenience store robberies. Desperate criminals who use, guns, knives, and other weapons put the lives of innocent people in danger over what is generally less than $500 in cash that is taken from the store. When someone is inured or killed during a convenience store or gas station robbery, a civil case can potentially be filed against the store owner, manager, security personnel and/or other negligent companies who fail to take steps to protect their customers.

Nashville, Tennessee Shopping Mall and Parking Lot Crime Lawyer

When someone is raped, murdered, kidnapped, or abducted at a shopping mall or in a parking lot, the past history of crimes in an area as well as the steps taken by the property owners to protect patrons from crimes are critical to an examination of a civil case.

Nashville, Tennessee DUI Injury and DUI Fatality Victim Lawyer

When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they are placing innocent lives of millions of Californians at risk. Rist Law Offices helps victims of DUI accidents and families of victims of DUI fatality accidents to recover compensation for their losses.

If you have been injured by the acts of a ciminal and believe you have a serious injury or death claim, contact the Nashville personal injury firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates and set up a free case evaluation. If you can't come to our offices, we will meet you where it is convenient.

We have close working relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement and officials and investigators. If you you are seeking a Nashville, Tennessee crime victim attorney, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Crime Victim Lawsuits Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a civil lawsuit?

Most civil lawsuits are filed by attorneys on behalf of victims. Many victims find attorneys through friends or relatives, advertisements, or referrals from local bar associations. For more information about filing a civil lawsuit, click on Initiating a Civil Lawsuit. For a, preliminary case evaluation, click on Case Consultation.

What types of compensation can a victim or her family get from a civil lawsuit?

In a civil lawsuit, victims may recover for their out-of-pocket losses, actual and potential lost earnings, medical bills, and emotional distress/pain and suffering. A victim's pouse or child may recover for the loss of the victim's companionship and services. The amounts can range from several thousand dollars to multiple millions depending on the circumstances.

Can I still pursue a civil lawsuit if the criminal is never caught or prosecuted?

Even if the attacker is never caught or prosecuted, a victim may recover money damages in a civil suit against Third Parties whose acts or negligence contributed to the commission of the crime. If the crime has been reported, a victim may also recover certain out-of-pocket expenses from the state Victim Compensation Fund, if eligible.

Who decides how much my case is worth?

In civil lawsuits that are settled before trial, the monetary award is negotiated by the parties and both sides must agree to the amount. If a case goes to trial, the jury decides how much the monetary award will be.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

The length of time it takes to resolve legal cases varies, but victims should expect it to take several months to several years to resolve a civil lawsuit from the time of filing. Criminal prosecutions usually take between three to eighteen months, depending upon the seriousness and unique factors in an individual case.

Will I have to testify?

Crime victims should expect to testify in both a criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit. For more information see The Role of the Victim in a Civil Lawsuit and The role of the Victim in a Criminal Prosecutions. At the same time the vast majority of civil and criminal cases are resolved without a trial. This means that the victim does not have to testify, except perhaps at a Grand Jury or a Deposition.

As a crime victim you may be unable to work and support your family and may face years of rehabilitation. It is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable law firm representing you in your claim and against third parties. At David Randolph Smith & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee and Nashville lawyers have been representing those injured by crimes for over 30 years. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Tennessee including, but not limited to, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Gallatin, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-394-2119, or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Tennessee, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Are You a Crime Victim Entitled to Compensation?

Victim Compensation in Tennessee

The State of Tennessee has a fund to reimburse innocent victims of violent crimes or their dependents who have suffered out-of-pocket expenses due to physical injuries, loss of income, or death.

  • A written claim must be filed within 1 year after the date of the criminal offense.
  • The victim must fully cooperate with the law enforcement officials in their investigation and the prosecution of such crime.
  • The victim must report the crime to the proper authorities within 48 hours after it occured.
  • A person may not be eligible for these benefits if that individual contributed to his or her own victimization in anyway, such as participating in the criminal act which led to injury or death.
  • This fund does not pay for your personal property that was stolen or destroyed by a crime.
  • More Tennessee resources for crime victims.

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