Compensation and Restitution

What is compensation?

In addition to the criminal action, a victim may sue the perpetrator in civil court for compensatory damages to make them whole. Compensatory damages can go beyond pecuniary or money losses and include payment for such intangible harms like pain and suffering, humiliation, and damage to reputation.

Can I sue someone for wrongful death?

It depends. Fill out an online intake or call us at (803) 509-6552 to complete one over the phone.

Can I get compensation by suing my School? The Police? Solicitor?

It depends. Fill out an online intake or call us at (803) 509-6552 to complete one over the phone.

What is restitution?

Restitution is financial compensation that a criminal defendant may be required to pay to crime victims for property damage, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

How do I get restitution?

Under South Carolina law, Section 17-25-322, after a perpetrator is convicted, the court must hold a hearing to determine the amount of restitution owed the victim.

Can you get both restitution and compensation?

Yes. They are two different processes. A victim can seek restitution as part of the criminal action and, at the same time, sue the perpetrator in civil court for compensatory damages. A victim may also complete an application with the Department of Crime Victim Compensation for some expenses, including medical costs.