The terms “assault" and "battery” are used interchangeably in everyday conversation. However, it is important to understand that, while they can go hand in hand, they are two separate things. At common law, assault is the act of intentionally placing someone else in fear of imminent bodily harm, while battery is the act of intentionally causing bodily harm. Some other states define these two acts differently, but in Kansas and Missouri, those common law definitions remain. A person may be arrested for either act, as both are criminal. But a person who has been injured may also sue the offending party in civil court. Assault and battery claims tend to center on the battery, as damages from bodily injury are much easier to quantify than those relating to fear.
If someone has wrongfully injured you, you may be entitled to damages. Victims of assault and battery have to deal with more than just their physical injuries. You could be facing medical bills, rehabilitation, future medical costs, irreparable injury, loss of earning ability, loss of wages, and more.
If you have been the victim of an assault and battery, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a consultation about how our representation can help you hold the responsible party accountable and receive just compensation.