Martin County Civil Assault and Battery
Victims of assault and battery have the right to file a civil claim against their offender to pursue compensation for lost income, medical bill, and other damages related to the incident. Assault and battery are "intentional torts," meaning that instead of proving negligence played a role in the incident, the claimant must demonstrate how the defendant was intentionally trying to inflict harm or threatening to do so.
Since this is easier said than done, it is wise to seek legal guidance before commencing the proceedings. If you were hurt in a physical altercation, contact Donaldson & Weston to discuss your case.
We do not require any money upfront, and you will not have to pay a retainer for our legal services. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with an assault and battery injury lawyer in Martin County.Why You Should Hire an Injury Attorney Right Away
Victims of assault and battery often think they should wait until the criminal proceedings have ended before filing a civil suit against the offender. Depending on the circumstances, though, the criminal proceedings could take months or even years to resolve. As time drags on, the total damages you incur may increase considerably.
Although a conviction can help prove your case, you do not have to wait for the criminal case to end to commence your claim. In fact, there are several reasons to enlist help from assault and battery injury attorneys as soon as possible.
First, critical pieces of evidence may be time sensitive. If the incident was captured by surveillance cameras, for example, the owner of the footage may not necessarily retain it indefinitely. Likewise, some of the evidence may be vulnerable to being altered or destroyed.
Second, it's fairly easy to make an inadvertent mistake early in the proceedings that jeopardizes your case down the road. By seeking legal guidance right away, you can avoid making critical errors such as accepting fault for instigating the incident or giving a recorded statement.
Your lawyer will also ensure you do not miss any critical deadlines. In Florida, victims of assault typically have four years to file a personal injury suit following the attack. There are, however, several exceptions to this deadline, which means you may not necessarily have as much time as you think. For example, if you want to sue a government entity-perhaps the attack occurred in a poorly lit parking lot of a government agency-you have just three years to bring the case to court. And before you file the lawsuit, you must file a notice of claim and give the relevant agency 180 days to perform an investigation, which means you have even less time to take legal action.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with an Assault and Battery Injury Lawyer in Martin County
If you want to file a personal injury claim following a physical altercation, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We have helped hundreds of personal injury victims recover the compensation they needed to make their lives whole again. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to set up a free consultation with one of our strategic assault and battery injury lawyers in Martin County.