Charges of assault and battery represent the types of injuries caused directly by contact with another person. The two concepts often go hand-in-hand, although they are actually different charges. First, assault is the creation of apprehension in a victim of imminent harm. This can be done by threats. Second, battery is the actual contact, which produces an injury. Therefore, an injured victim can charge someone with either or both assault and battery.
The litigation path an injured person may pursue may depend on the type of injury, how it happened, and what evidence is available. To recover the most for your injury, it is important to retain an attorney who is experienced with assault and battery. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim are ready to help you with your assault and battery case.
Types of Assault and Battery Cases
Although “assault and battery” can sound like an abstract concept, many common injuries fall under the category of assault and battery. These can include violent crimes as well as civil wrongs. Civil cases of assault and battery are person-on-person injuries which, although not criminal, still require just compensation for the victim. Even a seemingly innocent encounter which nevertheless injures a person can be battery. A few examples of assault and battery include:
- Intentional tripping
- Shoving or pushing
- Hitting or punching
- Bar fights
- Sexual assault and rape
- Domestic violence
Basically, if you are harmed by another person in any way, you likely have a case against them for assault and battery. The key to assault and battery is that there was no consent and the contact was intentional. That means that the perpetrator may still be at fault even he or she did not intend to cause harm.
Painful Injuries Caused by Assault and Battery
Assault and battery cases are often violent, and can sometimes involve the use of a dangerous weapon. That means that assault and battery may result in a wide range of injuries.
- Minor scratches and deep wounds
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
Many cases of assault and battery will require medical care or even hospitalization. However, even minor injuries can become expensive, especially when injuries build on each other. If a victim had a pre-existing condition or injury, the perpetrator is still responsible for the increased injury. So, if you are injured by another person, they have to pay.
This is where your lawyer comes in. Once you have been injured, immediately contact a personal injury attorney who can walk through your case with you and ensure that you receive all the compensation you are owed.
If you or a loved one was assaulted and battered by someone else, contact a personal injury attorney to help you. To schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in assault and battery, contact the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim in Los Angeles County. Call 800-LAW-TALK (529-8255) or contact us online.