Los Angeles Assault and Battery Lawyer
Featured in Newsweek’s Top 10 Trial Lawyers, The Reeves Law Group is a personal injury law firm that has been helping assault and/or battery victims in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California for over 35 years. Our team of professional lawyers has recovered over $250,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
If you experienced an assault or physical harm intentionally caused by someone and as a result suffered serious bodily injury, call (213) 271-9318 or contact us for a free consultation and get legal advice from an experienced Los Angeles assault and battery lawyer.
Why Hire The Reeves Law Group for Your Assault and Battery Case?
- $250,000,000 Recovered for Our Clients
- Newsweek’s 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys
- No Fee Guarantee – No Fees Unless We Win
Our lawyer will help you evaluate whether you have a potential assault and battery case. We provide legal services on a contingency basis, which means we will not charge a fee or seek reimbursement for costs advanced unless your case is won.
For the convenience of our clients, The Reeves Law Group has law firms located in Los Angeles, CA, and throughout Southern California.
Assault and battery victims often believe that criminal charges of the person who harmed them are their only recourse. Criminal cases do not allow victims of assault and/or battery to recover monetary compensation for their injuries and other losses. However, assault victims and other victims of violent crimes are typically unaware that they have the right to sue their assailant in a civil court to recover damages for the injuries they suffered.
The Reeves Law Group’s team of Los Angeles assault and battery lawyers has the resources to help or assault and/or battery victims and those of other violent crimes recover monetary damages for a broad range of offenses, including:
- Sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- Firearm crimes
- Reckless driving
A Review of The Reeves Law Group
“led everything for me. They filed a claim for me and when it was rejected they immediately filed a lawsuit against the party who hit me. After working up the case they were able to get a good settlement for me. I am so happy I hired them…”
Sharon Grimes via Google
Review Rating: 5 / 5
Date Published: 09-01-2021
How Am I Compensated for Assault and Battery Injuries?
Our assault and battery lawyers advocate and represent victims of assault and battery cases. We are also prepared to represent the survivors of those who died due to criminal violence. Assault and battery victims face the tremendous burden of living with the aftermath of physical violence having experienced great emotional and physical trauma. Experienced assault and battery attorneys know that great care needs to be taken when handling personal injury lawsuits in a civil case from simple assault to physical battery involving bodily harm.
Apart from criminal charges in a separate criminal case, where the defendant is represented by a criminal defense attorney, it is advisable to seek the services of a qualified assault and battery attorney who can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the offender for physical damages and make sure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Recoverable compensatory damages include actual financial losses such as medical expenses, medical bills from future medical care, loss of income from missed work, and loss of future earnings. Other recoverable damages may also include pain and suffering and punitive damages.
If you or a loved one have ever suffered from emotional or physical trauma because of an assault or battery or have lost a loved one in a homicide in Los Angeles County or the Southern California area, please contact us to discuss whether we may be of assistance to you and your family. While money can’t erase the trauma of emotional distress and physical violence or the loss of a loved one from a violent crime, it can provide the resources you need to help you move on.
What Are Assault and Battery?
Assault and battery are unlawful and intentional actions that cause harm to another person. In personal injury cases, they are referred to as intentional torts, or wrongdoings done on purpose that injures another person. Under California law, assault and battery are two separate and distinct crimes, but the difference between these two intentional acts is that assault is psychological, and battery is physical.
An assault occurs when a threat of a physical attack is made on purpose against another person, even if no physical contact was made. Defined as an intentional act meant to cause someone to expect physical harm, the apprehension or fear of imminent harm to oneself by someone else is enough to consider the act as an assault. Meaning a person can be held liable or responsible for assault in civil court if:
He or she intended to cause harmful or offensive contact with another person.
The victim believed he or she was about to be personally harmed.
A person can be found liable for simple assault without actually touching the victim. Under the legal definition, some verbal threats are considered assaults. Simple assault charges are typically misdemeanors and can lead to penalties including fines and up to six months of jail time, but assaults that involve public servants such as healthcare works, police officers, firefighters, or in specific places such as schools may carry more serious charges.
In California, a much harsher form of assault is defined as an aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon, which can carry more severe consequences such as a wobbler offense that allows assault with a deadly weapon to be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor conviction can carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and up to four years in jail if convicted of a felony.
Battery occurs when the victim is subjected to actual physical contact where bodily harm is inflicted, which includes offensive touching, that caused the injury. While assault is an attempt to use force or threat of violence, battery on the other hand is the unlawful and actual use of force or violence against someone else. In civil law, all that’s required for battery to take place is one person causing intentional harm or offensive contact with another person. Battery is a misdemeanor and carries with it more expensive fines and up to six months of jail time.
However, if an intentional act of force or violence against someone else resulted in serious bodily injuries, which may include long-term damage, concussions, paralysis, brain injuries, loss of limbs, and death, the offender may be charged with aggravated battery. Aggravated battery is a harsher criminal charge where great bodily injury is inflicted on the victim that may include the use of firearms or other deadly weapons. It is also a wobbler offense; therefore, a misdemeanor may result in fines and up to one year in prison, and a felony is punishable with considerable fines and up to four years in prison.
Criminal VS. Civil Court Cases
To be convicted in criminal court for any violent crime, the prosecutor must show that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” and, in a jury trial, all 12 jurors must agree. To win a civil lawsuit, the burden of proof is much lower. The majority of jurors must be persuaded that there is merely a “preponderance of evidence.”
A skilled plaintiff attorney should be an excellent negotiator who can often achieve a fair resolution for injured victims outside of court. However, they should be experienced trial attorneys too and know how to present your civil case to a judge or jury if that is the best way to secure the compensation you deserve.
We know that victims of violent crime, whether they are shooting victims or child victims of sexual molestation, often suffer permanent physical and psychological trauma. We work to see that our clients in Los Angeles receive full and fair financial compensation for their medical and psychological treatment, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If the person who harmed you was convicted of a crime, we might also pursue punitive damages.
Contact Us for A Los Angeles Assault and Battery Attorney
For more than 35 years, personal injury victims in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and throughout California have relied on The Reeves Law Group. In civil assault and battery cases, a substantial settlement or verdict can be won even if the perpetrator is not convicted of a crime. Let our skilled attorney seek justice on your behalf. Please contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Call (213) 271-9318 or contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options with a qualified Los Angeles assault and battery lawyer. For your convenience, we make home and hospital visits.
[Written by Derek Pakiz. Article updated on 2022-11-28]