Were you or a loved one attacked in Los Angeles, CA? You may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages from anyone whose acts allowed the assault to happen. An experienced Los Angeles assault injury lawyer at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
We’ve been fighting hard for injured clients across Southern California since we were founded back in 2013. We’ve successfully recovered over $400 million in life-changing settlements and verdicts for those clients over the years.
If you or a loved one are struggling with injuries after an assault, call our law offices in Los Angeles, California, at (877) 300-4535 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With an Assault Injury Claim in Los Angeles
You deserve justice if you’ve been assaulted. With any luck, your attacker will be prosecuted and convicted of a crime. Unfortunately, that doesn’t do anything to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Filing a civil lawsuit can help you get money in your pocket and hold all responsible parties accountable.
An experienced Los Angeles assault injury lawyer can help you fight for every dollar you deserve.
Our lawyers at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers have over 100 years of experience between us. We’ve also been named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine and won the Avvo Client’s Choice Award for excellent client service.
When you choose our team, you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Conduct a full investigation to establish liability
- Identify all parties who are financially responsible for your injuries
- Hire experts and specialists who can offer insight
- Calculate the fair value of your personal injury case
- Handle all negotiations on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery
The days, weeks, and months after an assault can be challenging. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way we can. All you have to do is call for the legal advice you deserve.
How Common is Assault and Battery in Los Angeles?
Violent crime rates have fluctuated widely in recent years. In 2020, however, 65% of all reported violent crimes in California were aggravated assaults. In fact, studies show that aggravated assault rates increased by 7.5% in 2020 over previous years.
In a single year, 17,216 aggravated assaults and 2,274 rapes were reported to law enforcement in Los Angeles County.
Were you a victim of a violent crime in Los Angeles? You may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit for compensation. Call our Los Angeles assault injury attorneys for a free case review to learn more about your legal options today.
Overview of Assault and Battery Laws in California
Like all other U.S. states, assault and battery are criminal offenses in the state of California. Assault is also an intentional tort.
While punishment for criminal offenses is doled out via the criminal justice system, intentional torts are handled in civil court. Rather than punish an attacker with jail time, the civil justice system seeks to hold responsible parties accountable for financial compensation.
In other words, a criminal conviction can punish the attacker. A civil judgment can provide you with the money you need to cover your expenses and move on with your life.
Under California criminal laws, assault is defined as an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to cause a violent injury. A defendant can be guilty of assault regardless of whether they make physical contact. Battery, on the other hand, involves some type of harmful or offensive contact.
What is My Los Angeles Assault Injury Case Worth?
The value of your personal injury case will depend on your unique circumstances. Before offering an estimate, our lawyers will carefully review your case.
Factors that tend to be most relevant in calculating the value of a personal injury claim include:
- The nature of your injuries
- The cost of your medical treatment
- How the assault and injury impact your work, education, and quality of life
- Your physical and emotional suffering
- The identity of the responsible party
- The nature of the responsible party’s actions or omissions
If a third party‘s omissions allowed the attack to happen, you’d probably have to deal with an insurance company to hold the negligent party liable. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling insurance negotiations. We know the scare tactics they’ll use to lower your settlement award.
Call our law firm for a free initial consultation today to learn more about how an experienced assault and battery lawyer can help you recover the maximum compensation possible.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims of Assault?
Victims of assault often suffer significant physical harm, emotional distress, and financial losses. In a personal injury case, you’re entitled to seek compensation for all of those losses.
California personal injury laws classify damages according to whether they compensate for financial or non-financial losses.
Your financial or economic damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Counseling and therapy
- Property damage
Your non-economic damages may include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
If your attacker is caught, the court may also award punitive damages to punish an attacker for their intentional acts.
Our Los Angeles Assault Injury Lawyers Will Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight to recover fair compensation for all of your injuries, including:
Some assault injuries can even be life-threatening. If you or a family member were injured, call today for your free case evaluation.
We Handle All Types of Assault Injury Claims in Los Angeles, California
Our lawyers in Los Angeles handle all types of assault and battery cases, including those involving:
- Bar fights
- Sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- Fights between friends
- Police brutality
- And more
Assault can happen in many different situations. Our lawyers are here to help regardless of how you were hurt. To learn more, call today.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Assault Injuries in California?
Of course, your attacker can be held responsible for the assault. However, even if they’re facing criminal charges, your attacker may not have the money to pay your damages. It’s also possible that your attacker won’t be found.
You might not realize that additional parties may also share financial responsibility. Under California premises liability laws, property owners have a legal duty to keep their property reasonably safe for invited guests. That includes a duty to install adequate security.
If you were injured because of an attack on someone else’s property, it’s possible that the property owner’s acts allowed the attack to occur.
Parties responsible for your attack may include:
- Property owners
- Business owners
- The owner of a bar, restaurant or nightclub
- Colleges or universities
- School administrators
- Clergy members
- Sports complexes and entertainment venues
- Nursing homes
- Government agencies
If you’re not sure who may be liable for damages, that’s okay. Our lawyers will carefully evaluate the circumstances of your attack to determine whether any third parties share financial responsibility for your losses.
What is Negligent Security?
Negligent security is a failure to provide adequate security under the circumstances.
You probably know that business owners have a duty to maintain their property to prevent injuries caused by slip and fall accidents. They also have a duty to provide security to prevent reasonably foreseeable criminal attacks.
The business owner’s duty depends on what is reasonable under the circumstances. Depending on the neighborhood and prior criminal activity in the area, “adequate security” may include:
- Adequate lighting
- Security guards
- Locked gates and fences
- Security cameras
- Alarm systems
- Metal detectors
- Training employees to respond to violence
If a business owner failed to take reasonable precautions and you were injured because of it, you may have a valid assault injury claim against the property owner.
Remember, the burden of proof is lower in civil cases. It may also be possible to hold your attacker or other third parties financially liable even if state prosecutors can’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Attack in California?
In California, the statute of limitations in personal injury cases is two years. You have two years from the date of the attack to take legal action.
However, it’s also possible that the statute of limitations might be tolled – or paused – until criminal proceedings are resolved.
Are you struggling with painful injuries after an assault? Call a Los Angeles assault injury lawyer to learn more about your legal right to compensation. At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we offer a free consultation – so there’s no need to worry about upfront costs.
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