Assault and Battery
When most people hear of assault and battery, they generally think it can only be dealt with in a criminal setting. However, in addition to filing criminal charges, assault and battery victims also have the right to file civil claims against the perpetrator. In other words, the perpetrator can be the subject of both a criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit.
Although a criminal conviction may give you satisfaction, it will not compensate you for the mental and possibly physical injuries you have suffered. This is precisely why it is important to hire an experienced assault and battery attorney in Los Angeles to help you hold the perpetrator financially responsible for their wrongful actions. The legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm has the knowledge, experience and resources to help you obtain the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.What Is Assault?
In a personal injury claim, the tort of assault is defined as an intentional act that makes the victim expect that they are about to get hurt or at least touched in a reasonably harmful manner by the offender. Under California law, the apprehension or fear of imminent harm is all that needs to be proven in order for an act to be considered an assault.What Is Battery?
The legal definition of an intentional tort battery is any intentional action taken by an offender that causes harmful or offensive contact with the victim. In order to prove a battery claim, the contact and the resulting harm can be direct and immediate, indirect and immediate, or indirect and remote.Damages in Assault and Battery Cases
When you file a civil claim against a person who assaulted and battered you, you may be entitled to various types of compensation. Common types of compensation that you may obtain include:
- Economic - Similar to other personal injury cases, victims of assault and battery are entitled to all reasonable out-of-pocket costs, such as medical bills and loss of income.
- Non-economic – Victims are also entitled to damages which cannot be measured with receipts, such as pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
- Punitive – Compensation for intentional torts, such as assault and battery, may also include punitive damages. These types of damages are meant to punish the offender and prevent similar harm to other victims.
How much you can collect depends upon the seriousness of the assault and battery. In most states, including California, no actual physical injuries are needed for you to file a personal injury lawsuit. Damage awards can vary widely. If you suffered minor physical injury, filing suit may not be worth it. Discuss the details of the assault with your attorney.Experienced Assault and Battery Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of assault and battery, you should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm has the resources to help you obtain the maximum compensation that you deserve.
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