Goldsboro Assault & Battery Lawyers
Victims of vicious attacks by others in the form of assault or battery have rights. Assault and battery committed against others violates criminal laws and can lead to criminal court cases that impose penalties upon the attacker. However, even when assailants have been found guilty and sentenced, victims are not compensated for the damages they have suffered in terms of medical expenses, pain, and suffering, emotional trauma, lost wages or income, and other associated losses.
To counteract this, as a victim of a physical attack, you have the right to bring a civil suit against your assailant as well as any third parties who allowed such harm to occur on their premises. In such a suit, you can seek the damages you sustained from the attack, such as those listed above.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, our team of personal injury lawyers has the knowledge, resources, and skills you need to build your case for this purpose. We have represented countless individuals in all types of injury cases, including those stemming from criminal attacks.
Civil Cases Involving Assault & Battery
Assault and battery are two separate actions for which personal injury claims can be made. An assault occurs through an intentional show of force that could cause physical harm or put you in a state of fear that harm is imminent. An example would be the attacker pointing a gun at you or raising a fist to punch you. The attacker doesn’t need to make contact with you. The mere show of force is enough to constitute an assault.
On the other hand, battery occurs when your attacker causes harm through his or her intentional act that does make contact. In the above examples, when the fist lands in your face, you have suffered injuries and a battery.
You can seek damages in both assault cases and battery cases. You can file a civil claim against the perpetrator of the assault or battery. In some cases, you may also be able to file a claim against others as well. For example, if you were in the parking lot of a major entertainment venue and attacked at gunpoint by muggers, you may have a potential claim against the property owner for failing to provide security.
Assault and battery civil claims could be potentially filed against others for:
- Negligent security
- Lack of safety/security protocols
- Lack of, poorly maintained, or non-existent security cameras
- Poorly lit or non-lit areas where guests/visitors must walk, including hallways, parking lots/structures, stairwells, and more
- Defective locks on doors/windows
- Other safety lapses or deficiencies
Injuries from assault and battery can include both physical and psychological harm, such as PTSD, which can cause you to lose hours at work and require medical care. You will need to show proof that your assailant intended to cause you harm, whether it was an assault or a battery.
Thus, potential damages can include all those associated with any personal injury claim, including medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded by the court to punish attackers for especially vicious or reckless attacks.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, you can rely on the dedicated service we bring to all of our clients. Our priority is protecting your rights and seeking optimum compensation for what you have suffered.
Arrange a complimentary consultation to discuss your case with a Goldsboro assault and battery injury attorney today. Connect with Strickland Agner Pittman at (919) 893-0090 or through our online email form today.