Q: My son was attacked by his neighbor with a hammer. This incident left my son with a broken arm that he needs surgery for
Not sure what we need to do. City police giving us run around.
A: The quick answer is that your son can sue the neighbor for his injuries, however there are a number of complicating issues that cannot be determined from your question. (1) If there's evidence/claims that your son contributed to the altercation, or was the initial aggressor or equally at fault in causing the altercation, this could affect the value of the case and/or the prospects of success. (2) There would also be the question of what is the likelihood of being able to collect any judgment you might get. This would depend on the neighbor's financial situation and whether he has any insurance that might cover any judgment.
A: Your state may have a crime victims compensation act. Also you can contact the DA's victim assistance coordinator--your state may have a victims compensation fund. If your son needs surgery and you have no insurance he may be eligible for medical assitance/Medicaid. Talk to the social work department at the hospital that would perform the surgery.
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