Queens Attorney for Assault + Fight Victims
Our attorneys can help if you or a loved one was injured during an assault or a fight in Queens. At the law offices of Sullivan and Galleshaw, LLP, we can help you fight against the liable parties to get the compensation you deserve. Nothing can be more challenging than facing the aftermath of a severe injury caused during an assault.
We will dedicate all of our efforts to help you understand what you may expect from your case. We know all you want is to recover from your wounds and get back on your feet. Let us help you and defend your interest during this challenging time. Call our law offices today and schedule your free, confidential consultation. Our phone number is (718) 843-0300.
Common Injuries During an Assault or Fight in Queens, NY
Assault in Queens happens when a person inflicts injury upon another without legal justification. An injured victim can suffer from mild injuries or “serious bodily injury” during an assault. Under New York law, a serious physical injury is likely to cause impairment, substantial risk of death, or long-term disfigurement. While the criminal justice system punishes the aggressor, you may want to find a way to gain compensation for your injuries. Some of the most common injuries that can stem from an assault or fight in NY include:
Head injuries are common during an assault or fight. An attacker may inflict severe injuries in your head area, which is mostly exposed during an altercation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may sustain severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. Many head injuries can require costly medical attention, all of which may be recovered through a personal injury claim. Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP can help you hold the liable party accountable for your losses.
Facial injuries are also common during assaults or fights. Unfortunately, many assaults or fights end up with a severely injured victim. Many victims have to suffer from permanent scarring or disfigurement caused by excessive force or the use of a blunt or sharp object. Most severe cases may require surgery to repair the damage and continuing medical attention. Additionally, a disfigured or scarred victim may also need to go through rehabilitation to deal with the mental and psychological aftermath of an assault or fight.
Broken Bone Injuries
An assault or fight victim may also suffer from painful, devastating broken bone injuries. These injuries may not seem as severe as the head or facial injuries but still, carry the potential of causing severe problems. For instance, a broken rib can cause puncture wounds, gashes, and lacerations that can lead to internal organ damage and bleeding. Call our Queens assault and fight injury attorneys to see how a lawsuit can help you cover your losses.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim After an Assault or Fight in Queens
The first step to recover compensation after an assault or fighting in Queens is to file your personal injury claim. Many people may tend to believe that, since the aggressor was already criminally-tried, he or she cannot be tried for the same crime again. This would be a factually-correct assessment if you were to try a defendant twice for the same crime at the criminal level. However, a personal injury claim is a separate process tried at the civil level. This means that you can file your civil claim despite the criminal prosecution of the defendant.
Once you have served the defendant, you will need to prove your case. Many personal injury cases are tied to a degree negligence from the defendant. However, assaults and fights are far from being caused by negligence; they are perpetrated with intent. In these situations, you should argue there was an intentional, willful act directed to inflict harm upon you. This is known as an intentional tort.
If you were assaulted, it means that the defendant created a reasonable feeling of apprehension or immediate harm upon you. This means that the defendant acted in a way that made you fear for your safety at a given moment. To establish assault in your civil claim – for intentional tort – you will need to show the court the existence of three essential elements. First, you will need to establish that the defendant threatened or attempted to cause physical harm. Second, you will need to show that the defendant had the ability to inflict injury. Finally, you will need to demonstrate that you had a reasonable fear that the defendant would harm you.
Battery is another element to be considered in assault and fight cases. Different from assault, where only the intention and the ability to inflict harm are present – among other factors – battery constitutes actual physical contact. To prove that battery occurred, you will need to establish that the defendant intentionally touched you in an offensive manner and without your concern. Both of these elements often go hand-by-hand. Our Attorneys for assault and fight victims at Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, can help.
Compensation for Victims of Assault and Fight
You may be able to get the compensation you deserve through your personal injury claim. You may wonder how much compensation the court can award in your case. Sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to valuating a case. Instead, the court will focus on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. The court will generally look at factors such as the extent of your injuries, the costs associated with your medical treatment, any lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Based on these facts – and other facts argued in court – the court will determine the value of your compensation. Our Queens attorneys for assault and fight victims can help you have an idea of what your case may be worth.
Queens Attorneys for Assault + Fight Victims Offering Free Consultations
If you or someone you know was injured during an assault or fight, we can help. Our Queens attorneys for assault and fight victims from Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your losses. We will fight aggressively and tirelessly to get the compensation you deserve. We are aware of the challenges that a severe injury can cause. That is why we dedicate our efforts, resources, and experience to provide you with the quality legal representation you deserve. Call our law offices today and schedule your free, confidential consultation. Our phone number is (718) 843-0300.
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