You probably didn't wake up this morning thinking about filing a civil lawsuit, and you may not worry about becoming a victim of crime. However, you might wonder what you could do if someone's negligence harmed you or one of your children.
Mental illness can cause some people to do things they wouldn't ordinarily do, which includes breaking the law. According to one source, up to 500,000 people with various serious mental illnesses spend their days in jails and prisons. This number does not include those with passing encounters with the criminal justice system.