An “assault” is an intentional act or threat which puts an individual in apprehension (fear) of imminent physical harm. No touching, or physical contact, is required for an assault to have taken place. The threat of harm alone amounts to an assault as covered by personal injury laws.
An assault becomes a battery when the threat becomes reality. For example, if a person presented a gun to another and threatened to shoot them, an assault has been committed. A battery occurs when the person follows through and succeeds in shooting the person he has threatened. Both of these instances are covered under personal injury law in that a victim has the right to monetary recovery for the wrongful acts perpetrated upon him or her.
It is important not to confuse these terms with those used in the criminal law. The civil law system has very different rules. Sometimes the same term (like “assault” or “battery”) can mean something different under the civil law than it does in criminal law.
Contacting an Assault Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an assault, The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can provide the experienced legal help you need. The firm can be reached at 1-800-624-8888 or you can fill out a free online case evaluation form. The initial consultation is always FREE. If we pursue your case, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you money.
Timing is important, because statutes of limitation affect how long you have to file a claim. Don’t delay, contact The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP today.