As a victim of a crime, you’ve been through enough. It might help to see that your legal case will end in criminal charges, but even then, it doesn’t leave you the victim feeling whole. This is why some crime victims seek additional ways to hold a criminal accountable, usually by suing after a criminal case.
As a victim, you have rights both in the criminal sense and in the civil sense. The law recognizes that while the courts will determine what happens to someone accused of a crime, that doesn't always mean your life returns to normal after someone is convicted (or not convicted, depending on the outcome of the trial).
Plenty of victims would like to be able to move on with their life. Unfortunately, that’s often easier said than done. You may need to consult with a lawyer to discuss how the incident has impacted your life and some of the damages that you have suffered as a result of being a victim. It can be challenging to file an additional claim especially if the other party has already gone through the criminal process, but this might also be the only way to protect your interests and reclaim your rights.
It is essential to work with an attorney who has been down this road before and one who understands many of the complex issues involved in victims' rights. You could be entitled to additional compensation depending on the specifics of your case, but it is in your best interest to work with a lawyer who understands this area of the law and with someone who is prepared to take action sooner rather than later.