An assault, in civil law not criminal law, is a unwanted touching of another that causes harm to the other person. Assault in civil law is an intentional tort meaning that the person intended to cause contact with you that reasonably lead to cause you harm and they had a reasonable expectation that you would suffer harm because of such contact. In lay man's terms, you were hit by another person. However, there are assaults that can be caused by many other ways than merely hitting another person, such as throwing an item at a person, shooting a person, etc.
Assault claims in personal injury law is generally a fist fight, or a sucker punch. Fights can lead to serious injuries, large hospital bills, and permanent injuries that limit a persons ability to work and function at a normal level. There are many people that could be responsible for your injuries, not just the person that hit you, such as the business that you were at. The business could be responsible because of their limited lighting, limited security measures, etc., that the business knew or should have knew could have lead to someone being injured how you were.
Source of Compensation:
If you are hit by another person, the person can usually be found by security cameras, witnesses, or other measures. However, this does not mean that merely finding this person will allow you to be compensated for your injuries. The person who struck you and caused you personal injuries may have home or renter's insurance that could pay for your injuries. If the person does not have this type of insurance, they may have personal assets that you could go after to compensate your for your personal injuries suffered. If the person does not have adequate money or insurance to cover your injuries, there are other sources to go after compensation, such as the business that you were at when you were injured or the city for inadequate lighting in a known area of crime. It does not matter that this person is only 1% at fault for the injuries that you sustained because under Washington law, a person can be compensated for their injuries even the other person was only 1% at fault.
Andrew Cherin has experience helping people that have suffered some of the following injuries:
If you have suffered one of these debilitating injuries, you need a trusted Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you and make sure you are taking the proper steps to heal your injuries and receive compensation for your injuries. Schedule a consultation today, before you shell out a lot of money for medical bills that should be paid along with pain and suffering, by another party. Learn what you have the right to do for free with a consultation with us.
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