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Friday, May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Hate Crimes and Personal Injuries Rising

Q: Can I sue for personal injuries suffered in a hate crime attack?

Hate crimes are always shocking and they are on the rise in New York City as well as nationally – – particularly against Asian-Americans. In an apparent backlash by bigots due to the coronavirus pandemic beginning in China, Asians and Asian-Americans have increasingly become victims of intentional violence in the past few months.

Such actions may not only result in criminal charges against the perpetrators, but also may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit. This may be news to those who think personal injury suits only arise from accidental injuries.

Bronx personal injury attorneys help victims who suffer serious injuries as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else. If the victim can prove the defendant caused their serious injuries, they may be able to recover compensatory damages for such things as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more, depending on the particular circumstances of their case.

Recently an Asian-American woman in the Bronx was reportedly assaulted by several teenagers who allegedly taunted her with coronavirus-related racial slurs before one reportedly struck her with an umbrella. The attack left a gash on her head that required several stitches to close. In addition to her physical injuries, the victim reportedly suffers from headaches from the attack and fears of being attacked again.

The coronavirus impact on hate crime statistics

Alarming hate crime statistics include:

  • 11 coronavirus related hate crimes in New York City against Asian victims this year
  • 23 hate crimes for more than one bias in New York City this year
  • 360% increase in multi-bias-related hate crimes in New York City this year
  • Nationally, during the 3 weeks after March 27, 2020, “over 1,100 Asian-Americans were targeted in a variety of coronavirus-related discrimination incidents” with more than 2/3 of the victims targeted in the first week reporting verbal harassment and 10% reporting physical assault.

With the national and NYC lockdowns drastically reducing the general number of people who are out and about, a corresponding decrease in crime would be expected. So, these staggering increases in hate crimes are particularly troubling.

If you or a loved one has been injured or loved one has been killed as a result of somebody else’s actions, including an intentional assault, the Law Offices of Ryan S. Goldstein can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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