Crime Victims

Crime Victims Crime Victim Lawyers

Being a victim of violent crime can drastically change life, family, friends, and employment. Too many crime victims are sentenced to life long permanent disabilities because of the severity of physical injuries and psychological harms that result from a shooting, assault, rape, or other violent crime. Many crime victims are surprised to find out that the civil justice system is another tool available to help them obtain compensation as innocent victims. This is in addition to restitution and other remedies available under the criminal justice system. At Gerson & Schwartz P.A. our attorneys are committed to seeking justice for innocent crime victims and their families throughout Florida.  For more than four decades, our law firm has helped innocent victims harmed in parking lots, apartment complexes, shopping centers, hotels, nightclubs, theaters, stadiums, concert, cruise ships and other public places where strangers may be encountered. Gerson & Schwartz P.A. crime victim attorneys have the experience you need in these tragic situations.

Many victims of crime don't know that money damages can be recovered for criminal wrongs based on negligent acts of business operators and landowners, even religious organizations.  Our personal injury law firm specializes in lawsuits for crime victims throughout Miami Dade County, Broward County Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches. Often we sue for money damages elsewhere in Florida and other states. At Gerson & Schwartz, PA our injury lawyers have the resources, expertise, and trial experience representing seriously injured victims of crime in Florida. Common theories of legal responsibility are based on legal concepts known as negligent security or inadequate security measures. Legal claims are generally filed against property owner, managers and other negligent businesses.

For over 40 year, our law firm has pioneered finding sources of financial compensation for victims of criminal acts. Our attorneys have recovered money to get justice for nearly every type of crime victim, including cases for victims of murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, sexual assault, assault and battery, stalking, and sexual molestation. Terrorism, malicious intentional infliction of emotional distress and/or mental pain and suffering, domestic violence, clergy, school abuse, sexual exploitation of minors, and other wrongs have been the passion of our commitment to help the defenseless victims of crime.

Led by Senior Partner and current Chairmen of the Board for the National Center for Victims of Crime, Philip M. Gerson and the Miami, Florida injury attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. have been one the loudest voice in Florida for victims of crime in the United States. Our record speaks for itself. We have the knowledge, resources, and experience to bring in the world's most sought after security experts, and professional mental health providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, victim advocates, crisis intervention counselors with the most knowledge and compassion for victims of all kinds of crime. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime call our Miami, Florida crime victim lawyers at 1-877-475-2905 or email us at

Countless victims throughout Florida have benefited from our experience and dedication to helping. We have successfully brought crime victim lawsuits against shopping centers, hotels, motels, theaters, concert halls, government buildings, apartment buildings, cruise ships, schools, religious organizations, other places where public gatherings take place. Retailers, landowners, business owners and operators, store owners, security companies, security guards, special event promoters, and others have been held accountable to crime victims because of our commitment to justice for innocent victims. Sometimes we cannot always recover money; but we can always provide compassion, understanding, and access to community resources victims need.

Insurance Coverage For Crime Victims

Over a lifetime of advocacy for crime victims we have seen the insurance industry minimize and eliminate insurance coverage for "assault and battery" and other intentional criminal acts from commercial insurance policies. Despite this unfair treatment of innocent victims, the Miami Florida based crime victim lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz. PA have been creative in finding successful legal remedies to recover substantial money damages from all types of businesses, corporations, and property owners in many of these situations. Don't give up if another lawyer tells you they won't help because of inadequate insurance coverage. Contact us before you accept your losses caused by the wrongs of others.

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime resulting in a serious or catastrophic injury, or a wrongful death, then contact our Miami, Florida crime victim attorneys for a free consultation. We are available at 1-877-475-2905 and/or at We will listen carefully to you talk to us about your loss. You will not owe any attorneys fess unless we collect money on your behalf. Se Habla Español too. If you speak another language we will find a way to translate so we can listen and advise.


All attorneys at our law firm are members of this preeminent national organization of lawyers committed to fighting for victim's rights. Crime victim lawyers from dozens of states make up this most prestigious group of courtroom victim advocates. Senior partner Philip M. Gerson is a member of and past president of the National Crime Victims Advisory Board. Our firm is proud to be sponsor of this organizations annual conference held in major cities around the United States. Our lawyers have been invited speakers for many conferences so we can share what we have learned over four decades with other lawyers nationwide. We have received the highest recognition for our presentations.


Drunk or impaired drivers are criminals. People injured or killed by alcohol abuse are crime victims. We support this leading organization as the voice of victims in America. We are proud to say that our support has resulted in an award from the local chapter of MADD year after year. Our lawyers and published and lectured for other lawyers to learn the special needs and courtroom techniques we have developed to help drunk, drugged, impaired driver victims get full compensation and justice they deserve. With our organizational support we strive to reduce irresponsible driving in America. If you or a loved one has been a victim contact us for an introduction to the caring volunteers at MADD.


In Miami-Dade County the State Attorney's Office has a unit devoted only to prosecution of criminal victimization of children. Needed support services are also provided to these most vulnerable victims. We understand the needs of child sex abuse and trafficking victims and provide generous support to Kristi House and its dedicated staff. We also work to help raise awareness of civil law suit remedies and compensation for child sex crime victims and their families.


Formerly known as the "Victims Services Center", the TRC helps physically and emotionally traumatized crime victims receive timely intervention and treatment. Just witnessing a violent crime or being related to a victim is emotionally traumatizing. The TRC understands. This non-profit community based organization receives referrals from the State Attorney's Office and other criminal justice system agencies. Domestic violence and child victims are among the victims helped. Thousands of our neighbors have benefited from the work of this service provider. Gerson & Schwartz PA serves as pro bono general counsel and senior partner Philip M. Gerson has been a board of director member for more than ten years. Gerson & Schwartz has also funded renovations of offices and therapy rooms. We encourage other law firms and others to join us in our support of this worthy underfunded agency.

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A big shout out to Nick Gerson & Schwartz for helping me navigate my care after a fall against a major cruise ship. They took care of me all along the way and saw me through such a very hard time. I highly recommend their firm if you are looking for a firm that truly cares about you. 5 Stars all the way! Janna Wright, Google User
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Mr. Gerson and all his team gave to my case the careful and professional attention it needed from the beginning to end. Unfortunately, a year ago I was involved in a car accident on the victim side. I have appreciation for the good service that was given to me and my situation. Thanks. Cales & Mr. Hyde (Carlos Andrés García Jiménez), Google User
Gerson & Schwartz did an excellent job with my case! Nick Gerson was my primary contact throughout the process and I was overly pleased with his level of professionalism and commitment. Thanks again to the firm for both winning my case and handling it with the upmost respect. Read More » Jhlechia Ervin
Phil is the best attorney! The staff is very helpful and were always kind and understanding. Especially during a PIP claim which can be very frustrating. I am so lucky that I found Gerson & Schwartz to resolve my case, I truly believe there could have been no better outcome. Romina Frascarelli, Google User
Excellent attorneys, they leave no stone unturned in any case and get max value. Jon Zepnick, Google User
I hired Gerson & Schwartz, PA for a personal injury/slip and fall case. Phil Gerson, Nick Gerson, and Ed Schwartz were awesome! They were very professional, supportive, and informative through the whole process. I was amazed at how much time and effort they put into presenting my case. They fought hard for me and I am very happy with the outcome. I love these guys and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney who will look out for your best interest and fight hard for what you deserve. Deb Betts, Google User
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