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Assault & Battery
Many people are not aware that assault and battery is not just a criminal offense, it can also give rise to valid personal injury claims. Our law office handles claims like these regularly for our clients, and we’ve seen first hand the devastation that assault and battery can cause on a person’s life. Unlike many of our other personal injury cases, the effects of assault and battery go far beyond the physical damage that’s been done. Many of the victims that we help suffer from severe psychological ramifications, particularly those of our clients who have suffered a sexually motivated assault or battery. The psychological effects of assault and battery include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even suicidal thoughts and feelings. Victims of these attacks need time to recover from the incident, and the financial help that we can gain for them is a powerful tool in their recovery. These personal injury cases are emotionally charged, but our experienced team knows exactly what to do in order to build a strong case and help you get the compensation you deserve.
What is Assault and Battery & What Should You Do About It?
Assault and battery are two different offenses that are often lumped together, but it’s not always the case. It’s important to understand the difference between the two charges.
- Assault occurs when someone is threatened with violence. They do not have to make physical contact with the other person, they just have to threaten physical harm. This could include telling someone they are going to punch them while raising their hand, motioning in a threatening manner, or threatening them with a gun or other weapon.
- Battery occurs when physical contact is made. It’s an intentional act to harm another person. This could include punching someone, throwing an object at someone, or any other way of intentionally inflicting harmful physical contact on a victim.
Most assault and battery cases are going to involve a police investigation and criminal charges. That being said, you do not need to bring criminal charges in order to prevail in a civil lawsuit. To understand what your rights are you should contact a personal injury as soon as possible; you do not have to wait for the police investigation to be completed. The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer, the sooner they can start their own investigation and build a personal injury case against the accused. You could be entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses as well as the pain and suffering that the injuries have and will cause you. You weren’t responsible for your injuries, so you shouldn’t have to deal with the financial burden of them, either. Our office can help.
Call Us For a Free Consultation Today
If you’ve been the victim of assault and battery, please contact Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C. as soon as possible. The sooner we can start on your case, the sooner we can help you get the financial resources you need to cover your medical bills and focus on your recovery. We’ll start by reviewing your case for free and helping you determine if you should move forward with a personal injury claim. Our team will handle everything, from filing the paperwork to gather evidence, so you can focus on both the mental and physical recovery from your injuries. Call us or contact us through our website today to set up a time for your free consultation. Your case is in good hands with our legal team and we’ll help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.