We live our lives on a day to day basis hoping that we are protected by law enforcement, and that people will not intentionally do us harm. Unfortunately, the world can be cruel, and some people have terrible intentions. Being attacked in any form can be traumatizing for a victim or their loved ones. Even more unfortunate, abuse is not only physical, and therefore victims may suffer far more than others may realize. Assault and battery cases are special personal injury cases, in that not just any attorney can handle them. In the event that you or someone you know has been or is currently a victim of an assault and battery injury, please contact a personal injury attorney to verify whether or not you have a potential claim on your hands.
Luckily enough, negligence in these cases are very clear. Whereas in other personal injury incidents, there is a lot of investigating to prove who may or may not be seen as liable for injuries that a victim may have sustained. Investigators are able to tell if injuries were self-inflicted and it is quite evident if these injuries occurred intentionally. In these types of cases, it is also common for the offender to likely have a criminal history which also makes it easier to file a claim against this individual.
The difference between assault and battery is that assault requires no physical abuse whatsoever. Assault occurs when there is an emotional or mental. What makes it more painful is many physical injuries heal in time. Emotional scars can last a lifetime. Assault abuse, for instance, someone may threaten you but never physically touch you. May say they will kill you, but you run away just in time; that person has assaulted you and may have potentially scarred you forever.
Battery is of course when there is physical contact. Any form of unwarranted physical contact may be considered battery, even more so, if you must seek medical help due to this physical contact your personal injury attorney may see to it that you receive compensation for these damages as well.
Whether assault or battery, it is unacceptable. Should you or someone you know be a victim, please contact a skilled Decatur lawyer as soon as possible to see what legal options are available for you. The right attorney will be able to point you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal law and assault and battery cases.