Richmond Assault Lawyer
If you have experienced an assault, you may have the right to seek justice against the person who assaulted you, regardless of what the police do. With the help of a Richmond assault lawyer, you can pursue compensation to cover the losses you have experienced because of the assault.
Understanding Assault and Compensation Claims
An assault occurs when someone threatens to harm someone who comes to reasonably fear that the threat will be carried out. It is often coupled with the crime of battery, which is the unlawful touching of another person. However, an act need not lead to touching or physical injury to be considered an assault.
The criminal justice system often gets involved when an assault occurs but not always. This does not affect your right to seek compensation against someone who has assaulted you.
In other words, if the state does not bring charges against someone who has assaulted you, you can still file a civil claim against the alleged wrongdoer.
Additionally, if the state does bring charges and loses in court, you still have the right to pursue your case. Fortunately, you may still have a good chance of winning because civil cases have lower standards of proof than criminal cases.
You can seek economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury claim based on assault. But keep in mind that assault cases that involve physical injury are typically stronger and easier to prove than assault claims that only involve psychological and emotional harm.
Common damages available in assault claims for compensation include:
- Bills for medical and psychological treatment
- Lost salary or wages
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can even seek punitive damages, which exist to punish egregious behavior. When seeking punitive damages, your attorney must prove that your aggressor acted with malice, willfulness, or wanton disregard for your rights.
Get a Free Consultation from a Richmond Assault Lawyer
A Richmond assault lawyer from The Joel Bieber Firm is ready to listen and review your case. Call today for a free consultation to learn how you can get justice for your injuries.
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WHAT IS MY CASE WORTH?
Frequently Asked Questions
Assault victims in Virginia have a total of two years from the date of the assault to take legal action. In some cases, exceptions to the statute of limitations apply. Hence, if you have a case that is over two years old, you should meet with an attorney to determine whether your claim is still valid.
Yes. Your attorney’s fees come from the compensation your attorney recovers at the end of the case, meaning it costs you nothing to start your claim. You also pay nothing if your Richmond assault lawyer does not win your case.
It depends on the complexity of your case and other factors. Generally speaking, the more complex a case is, the longer it takes. To truly get an idea of how long your claim could take, meet with an attorney. They can review your case and give you an estimate.
Your compensation total will equal all of your damages added up. When you meet with an attorney, they can give you a preliminary idea of how much you may receive after reviewing your case.