Assault and Battery
If you think you or a loved one has been the victim of assault, you may actually have been the victim of battery. Assault is commonly used to describe instances where someone was struck, but battery is what actually happens when someone is hit, kicked, or contact is made with them in any other way. Assault only happens when the victim has an apprehension or fear that they are about to be contacted in a harmful way, but the contact doesn’t ever actually occur if it is an assault. Someone is a victim of battery when that contact actually occurs.
The contact does not have to be person-to-person contact for a battery to occur, and the victim does not have to be scared that they will be struck directly by another person for an assault to occur. Someone driving a car or throwing something at the victim can lead to an assault and/or battery.
Assault and battery are also different than many other personal injury issues you may be familiar with. Often, personal injury lawsuits arise out of accidents. Things like car accidents and slip and fall situations are the basis for a personal injury lawsuits. But assault and battery are called intentional torts. What that means is that an assault or battery is an intentional act by the perpetrator.
Assault is also commonly thought of by many as a criminal matter. But the victims of assault and battery can file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator as well. While the person who committed the wrongful victim can be punished through the criminal process, you, the victim, are not compensated for your injuries. It is important that you contact a personal injury attorney at Guest and Gray Law Firm so that we can make sure you are compensated for your injuries. You need to be compensated for any medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and any pain and suffering you have gone through.
The personal injury attorneys at Guest and Gray Law Firm in Forney have over 30 combined years of experience handling personal injury claims. We want to fight so that you can be compensated for all you have lost and suffered as a result of being the victim of assault or battery. Depending on the situation, we are prepared to negotiate a fair settlement to compensate you for your injuries. But if settlement negotiations do not produce an acceptable outcome, we are prepared to go to court and fight to get you everything you deserve. Call Guest and Gray Law Firm today to set up your free initial consultation so that we can begin to discuss your case and the options available to you.