Most people believe personal injury claims are mainly related to car accidents or slip and falls. However, personal injury cases also include injuries from assaults. After all, assaults can cause serious injuries and damages to victims.
Our lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers have over 300 years of combined experience handling all types of injury claims, including assault cases. Our Clearwater assault injury lawyers help assault victims recover compensation from their attacker and anyone else who allowed the event to occur. We also represent families in wrongful death claims related to the assault.
Contact our law firm at (727) 796-8282 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater personal injury attorneys. Get the legal advice you need after sustaining injuries from an assault in Clearwater, FL.
How Our Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With an Assault Injury Claim
You have been through a traumatic experience. The last thing you may want to do is pursue a personal injury claim against the person who attacked you. However, you deserve to be compensated for the harm and financial damages caused by the assault.
Our Clearwater assault injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers can handle all aspects of your injury claim so that you can focus on your recovery. We do everything within our power to make the claims process as easy for you as possible. In addition, our legal team provides support and guidance as you seek justice for your injuries.
When you hire our award-winning Clearwater personal injury lawyers, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the assault to gather evidence proving fault and liability
- Document your injuries and damages to maximize recovery for your injury claim
- Monitor deadlines for filing a lawsuit
- File a claim with the insurance company, if applicable
- Consult medical experts, financial professionals, mental health experts, and other expert witnesses as necessary
- Protect your best interest throughout the case while aggressively pursuing a fair settlement for your claim
Contact our office online or by telephone to request a free consultation with one of our assault injury lawyers in Clearwater, Florida. We discuss the process for filing a personal injury claim after an assault.
What is Considered Assault in Florida?
Florida Statute §784.011 provides the legal definition for assault. For a person to commit assault, the following elements must be present:
- The person must make an intentional, unlawful threat to commit violence against another person
- The threat to do violence may be physical or verbal
- The person making the threat must have the apparent ability to carry out the acts of violence threatened
- The victim must have a reasonable fear that violence is imminent
Assault under this code section is a second-degree misdemeanor. The offender may be sentenced to jail and fined for a conviction. However, the offender may also be liable for damages in a civil case.
Incidentally, your attacker may not be the only one responsible for your injuries. If you were assaulted at a store, restaurant, or another property, the property owner may be liable for negligent security. This type of premises liability claim is based on negligence, whereas your assault claim against your attacker would be based on intentional tort theories.
What Damages Can I Recover for an Assault Injury Claim in Clearwater?
An assault victim may recover compensation for several types of damages. Damages that you could receive for an assault injury claim include:
- Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of assault injuries
- Physical pain and suffering
- Disfigurement, scarring, and permanent impairments
- Mental health treatment and counseling
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Lost wages and benefits, including future loss of income and diminished earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life and reduced quality of life
An assault victim may sustain significant economic damages because of the accident. The cost of treatment and lost wages could be substantial, especially when the victim sustains catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and severe disfigurement.
Additionally, an assault injury victim may develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, chronic anxiety, and other emotional disorders. PTSD could severely impair a person’s ability to earn a living and function in daily life. Therefore, a victim deserves compensation for these non-economic damages.
What Should I Do if I Am Assaulted in Clearwater?
Call 911 to report the assault and request medical assistance. Reporting the assault to the police and seeking immediate medical treatment protects your injury claim. Prompt medical attention helps prove that the assault caused your injuries, a critical element of a personal injury claim.
Document your damages by taking photographs of your injuries after the assault and throughout your recovery. Keep copies of all medical records, bills, receipts, and other documents related to your financial losses.
It can help to keep a journal detailing your recovery. Include pictures of your injuries, your emotional state, and pain levels. If you have nightmares, flashbacks, or anxiety attacks, include those details in the journal with the date of each incident.
Your lawyer provides guidance regarding the additional steps you should take to protect your right to compensation for an assault injury.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Clearwater Assault Injury Lawyers
An assault can result in traumatic injuries and permanent impairments. Our Clearwater assault injury lawyers want to help you seek justice for the pain and suffering you experienced because of an assault.