Although many personal injury lawsuits are filed after accidents, some cases involve the intentional harming of an individual. When it comes to personal injury law, assault can be tried in civil court. Assault victims have the right to sue the offender and seek compensation for injuries and other damages resulting from the incident.
Contrary to what you might think, no actual contact or touching is necessary in order for an encounter to be considered assault. It’s the threat that matters. In personal injury cases, assaults are defined as any intentional act that is meant to cause—or to cause fear of—harmful or physical contact. If you or a loved one was harmed as a result of an assault, especially if the attack resulted in hospitalization or extensive medical attention, you may be entitled to financial recovery. Our Atlanta assault injury attorneys can help you determine the best course of legal action.
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The first thing you need to do after an assault is to remove yourself from the situation. Get away from the perpetrator and find a safe place. Once you’re away, seek medical attention, file a report with the police, take photos of any injuries, and call an attorney. Do not continue contact with your attacker or let them talk you out of pressing charges.
After you are out of immediate danger and separate from any criminal prosecution, you may decide to pursue civil damages for your assault. Our Atlanta assault attorneys can help.
Compensation in civil assault cases is broken down into three categories: compensatory, nominal, and punitive. In civil assault cases, damages are awarded to the victim for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to trauma, pain and suffering, and monetary losses resulting from an assault.
What is the difference between the different types of damages?
We understand that assault can be incredibly traumatizing; that’s why the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. work hard to help you move forward. If you or a loved one has suffered any degree of injury due to assault, our attorneys are here to help. With more than 16 years of combined experience and extensive knowledge of assault cases, we can provide the help that you need and work to recover the fair settlement you deserve. We are not afraid to go to court and try a case to get you maximum compensation.
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