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If you have been injured in an altercation with another person, you may be eligible for compensation for assault and/or battery. The Bernsen Law Firm is a team of dedicated assault lawyers who aggressively fight for just compensation for assault victims.
The distinction between assault and battery is simple: an assault occurs when a person suffers the “immediate apprehension of harm” and a battery occurs when there is an unwanted or offensive touching of another person. Because the two are so closely related, they are often charged or sued for concurrently.
Another distinction that is important is the one between criminal assault and battery and civil assault and battery. In a bar fight, for example, the police may become involved and the prosecuting attorney may issue charges for assault and battery. These charges are criminal; they are brought by the state (the “people”) and issued against one or both of the individuals involved. The penalties that the defendants may be subjected to are criminal penalties: fines, jail, and other types of rehabilitative or punitive measures.
As a civil matter, one or both individuals in this situation could bring a civil suit against the other for assault and battery. In the civil case, it is one individual suing another and seeking civil damages. These damages could include compensatory or punitive damages — and possibly a restraining order or an order of protection. In these cases, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering.
To determine whether you have a claim against someone for assault or battery, have one of our experienced Jefferson County lawyers go over the facts of your case as soon as possible. Some situations that commonly lead to civil assault or battery charges are the following:
The Bernsen Law Firm has more than 52 years of combined experience in handling civil disputes, including assault and battery. Our Beaumont assault lawyers are aggressive and dedicated to helping our clients hold their attackers liable. We are available to consult with you at no charge, and you do not pay any legal fees unless your case comes to a successful resolution. Our office is located in downtown Beaumont, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Broadway, but if you are too injured to come to the office, we can come to you at your home or in the hospital. Please contact us online or call us today at 409-212-9994 to set up an appointment.
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