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Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery are offenses in both criminal and civil law; therefore they can give rise to criminal or civil liability – or both.  Assault refers to an attempt to physically harm another person and battery is the actual infliction of harm.  In the civil context, assault and battery are treated as separate offenses.

Assault and Battery are different from other personal injury cases in that they are “intentional torts” – meaning the person accused acted with the intent to cause a certain result whereas the typical personal injury case requires the injured party to prove negligence or willful and wanton conduct.

Victims of assault and/or battery may be able to collect compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and certain other expenses resulting from the incident from the perpetrator.  If you or someone you know has been the victim of an assault and/or battery, you should contact a personal injury attorney soon after the incident to obtain the compensation you are entitled to.