Were you or a loved one injured in an assault in Jacksonville, FL? You could be entitled to significant compensation from your attacker. Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers is ready to help you fight for justice and for the compensation you deserve.
We are fierce advocates for victims’ rights. Since 2012, we’ve been helping those injured by accidental and intentional acts achieve financial security to help them move forward after tragic events. We have nearly 60 years of combined legal experience, and we’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for injured victims.
How Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Assault Injury in Jacksonville
If you’ve suffered an assault, you are understandably shaken, angry, and trying to recover both physically and emotionally. While the justice system may be prosecuting your attacker, criminal penalties won’t compensate you for all of your losses. Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers will stand up for you and fight for your rights and the money you need to help you begin to move forward with your life.
When you hire our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers, we will:
- Conduct an independent investigation into your assault
- Review all medical records and other evidence to support your case
- Calculate the value of your claim to include the maximum possible financial award
- Handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies and the attacker’s lawyer
- Keep tabs on any criminal proceedings that may help your claims
- Send an experienced trial lawyer to tell your story to a jury
Many attackers don’t want to face a trial (particularly if they’re already facing criminal charges), but we are always prepared to take a case to court if you don’t get the settlement offer that you deserve. Contact our Jacksonville, Florida law office today for a free and completely confidential case evaluation with a Jacksonville assault injury lawyer.
How Common Are Assaults in Jacksonville?
There were a staggering number of aggravated assaults reported in the U.S. in 2020 – 921,505. That’s a 12% increase from the previous year. According to the latest data available from the FBI, there were more than 25,000 people arrested for aggravated assault in Florida in 2019. That’s an average of more than 68 every day.
There were 3,909 aggravated assaults in Jacksonville in 2019 – that’s more than 10 a day. And that’s aggravated assault, which means assault with a deadly weapon or assault during the commission of a felony. There were likely countless more assaults that did not have an aggravating factor but that still caused unimaginable pain and suffering.
What Is Assault in Florida?
An assault is a criminal offense, but it’s also an intentional tort, which is a civil wrong. That means that even though the criminal justice system might be prosecuting your attacker, you also have the right to seek damages in a civil lawsuit. In that way, it’s similar to how you’d seek damages in a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. The difference is that the conduct in an assault was intentional, not negligent or reckless.
Many people think of assault as an action that causes physical harm. In fact, under Florida law, assault is a separate offense from battery, which is an intentional touching against someone’s will or that causes bodily harm.
Under Florida law, assault entails an intentional threat (by word or act) to harm someone, an apparent ability to carry out the threat, and an act to make the person think that they will be harmed.
Assault and battery are often charged together due to the obvious relationship between the two crimes.
Who Is Liable for an Assault?
The circumstances of an assault can vary widely. Sometimes, an assault may be involved in a domestic violence case. Or, you may have gotten robbed while walking to your car.
The facts of your case will determine who can be held liable. It could be only the individual attacker. But, if negligent security was a contributing factor to your assault, the owner of the property or the security company may be liable.
What Injuries Are Caused by Assault?
Injuries from assault and battery can range from mild to fatal.
Common injuries from assault and battery include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises and lacerations
- Emotional trauma, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Anyone who hurt you needs to be held accountable to the maximum extent possible. We do everything we can to make sure you are fairly compensated for what you’ve been through.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Jacksonville Assault Injury Lawyers
Were you the victim of an assault? If so, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced and compassionate Jacksonville assault injury lawyers are ready to stand up for you and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call now for a 100% confidential and free consultation. We’re here to help you tell your story – and to help you get the money you and your family need right now.