You likely understand that you can pursue compensation following an injury caused by another person’s negligence, but you can also pursue damages if an attacker injures you intentionally. A prosecutor may charge your attacker with assault, but what about seeking compensation for your injuries or lost wages? Whether you want to file a claim against your attacker or another liable party, let assault and battery lawyer Johnnie Bond help.
DMV Assault and Battery Charges
DMV law groups assault and battery together under two degrees of charges. The state defines assault as the act or threat of violence against another person. A person can be charged with assault for causing physical harm or making harmful or offensive threats.
First Degree Felony Charges
First-degree assault charges result when an attacker causes (or tries to cause) serious physical injury or uses a firearm in an attack. If they use a gun, the attacker may face a first-degree assault charge even without firing the weapon.
Second Degree Misdemeanor Charges
When an attack does not qualify for a first-degree charge, the attacker faces second-degree assault charges, also known as simple assault.
Types of Assault
Assault takes many forms. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following situations, consider seeking compensation with the help of an assault and battery lawyer:
- Domestic assault
- Sexual assault
- Public fights
- Criminal assault
Remember that assault is not just a stranger crime. You can be assaulted by acquaintances, friends, and even family.
Liability in Assault and Battery Cases
If you or a loved one is the victim of assault, consider filing a claim against the attacker and any other liable party. Property owners have a duty of care to anyone on their property under premises liability law. For example, if your attack resulted from a lack of proper lighting, the property owner may be liable.
Other circumstances where you may be able to file a claim against a property owner include:
- Insufficient security staff or surveillance cameras
- Failure to prevent foreseeable violent acts by employees
- Failure to prevent foreseeable violent acts by third parties
If you’re not sure of liability in your case, talk to a law professional.
Common Assault and Battery Situations
Certain locations and events seem to cultivate violence. Assaults occur mostly at places with a large number of people, including:
- Entertainment venues
You have the right to be safe when you attend events and visit these types of places.
Compensation in Assault and Battery Cases
Filing a claim against the liable parties allows you to pursue compensation for your injuries and their effects on your life. Pursuable damages include:
- Physical pain
- Psychological suffering
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Disability or disfigurement
- Lost quality of life
Seek help from an assault and battery attorney to build a strong claim.
Assault and Battery Lawyer in the DMV
The legal professionals at Johnnie Bond Law want to help you pursue compensation in your assault case. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only charge fees if we achieve a favorable result in your case.
Contact us online or call us at 202-683-6803 to schedule a free consultation. We’ll handle your claim with the empathy and dedication you expect from a professional assault and battery lawyer.
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