Victims of crime may gain compensation
ESCALATING alcohol and drug-fuelled violence has led to tough measures being introduced by the NSW Government, including lockouts for licensed premises in the CBD and tough criminal penalties for a range of offences.
While tougher criminal measures now apply to perpetrators of violence, victims of crime may also be entitled to make a civil claim for compensation. For instance, a person who is the victim of an assault on licensed premises may have a legal case against the licensee or operator of the hotel, or the security services contractor.
This may be the case where a hotel or club has failed to take reasonable steps to remove someone who is intoxicated or engaged in threatening behaviour and they then commit an act of violence.
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These cases require that the assailant has sufficient assets to cover any awarded compensation, and steps are taken to prevent them from disposing of their assets during the course of litigation.
Court proceedings must also be started within three years of the assault.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of alcohol or drug-fuelled violence, an accredited personal injury lawyer can identify whether you may be entitled to make a claim.