Charleston Assault & Battery Lawyer
If you’ve suffered an injury in an assault and battery incident then you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the person who assaulted you to pursue compensation for your injuries. The Charleston assault attorney, Max Sparwasser, has the experience you need to fight for the compensation you deserve.
In Charleston, there were 247 counts of assault with a rate of 1.84 per 1,000 residents in 2016. This is lower than the national average of 2.49 per 1,000 people, yet still a tragically high rate.
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Understanding Assault and Battery
While assault and battery are often lumped together, they are distinct and separate crimes.
Assault is threatening to commit imminent bodily harm on a person. If a person raises a baseball bat to his or her shoulder and threatens to hit you with it, it’s assault – even if they never follow through to harm you.
Battery is intentionally making harmful or offensive contact with a person. If a person shoves you, they have committed battery.
The police may charge someone for criminal assault and battery but, to pursue a civil case the victim must have suffered an injury. A personal injury lawsuit may help you recuperate from economic losses or for pain and suffering. You may also be eligible for compensation for lost wages if your injury forced you to miss time at work. This may include both past and future wages lost due to your injury. Also, a broken cell phone, broken eyewear, a damaged watch, or any other personal property damaged by the assault and battery may be items eligible for compensation claims to repair or replace the property.
You may also seek compensation due to the pain and suffering that resulted from your assault and battery. It is impossible to determine the exact dollar amount that your pain and suffering are worth, but the amount may be determined in negotiation for a settlement or determined by the judge or jury as part of a verdict.
What to Do After an Assault and Battery in Charleston
The first and most important thing to do after you have been the victim of an assault or battery is to call the police. The police report will be a key component in your personal injury lawsuit.
If you think you have suffered an injury then seek medical attention immediately. This will not only prevent any potential hidden injuries from worsening but will also document the fact that you were the victim of battery.
Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses to the assault that took place, if possible. Finding these witnesses, later on, can be very difficult, and witness testimony may be key in proving your case.
Contact Charleston assault and battery attorney Max Sparwasser today for a free case evaluation. Max Sparwasser and his team are compassionate and skilled. Their goal is to protect you no matter the situation.