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Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have lost a family member or suffered injuries as a result of another person's negligence or misconduct, you could be legally entitled to compensation for your loss. To learn more about your right to damages, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney for straightforward solutions that will work for you.

Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the law firm of Saunders & Chabert has personal injury attorneys helping clients who have been severely injured due to the negligence and recklessness of others. We provide experienced and aggressive representation to clients injured in all types of accidents, including car accidents, offshore and river accidents, boat and vessel accidents, and industrial accidents. We are prepared to meet your needs and have the financial resources to take your case to any necessary level. In order to understand your specific needs and concerns, we provide genuine, personal attention to you from start to finish. To help you better understand the issues you face, we have provided the following information regarding personal injury. Please take time to review this information and feel free to contact us at any time to discuss what legal options may benefit you and your family. To schedule a free consultation with a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer, call 225-341-5739 or fill out a short contact form today. We fight to protect your rights.

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Assault and Battery

In civil court, assault and battery are intentional torts, and can be the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the person who commits them. Assault and battery are different from other personal injury claims in that the person accused of assault or battery must have acted with the intent to cause a certain result, namely either fear in the victim or physical contact to the victim's person. It is important if you or a loved one has been the victim of an assault or battery that you contact a knowledgeable, skilled personal injury attorney at Saunders & Chabert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to discuss your legal options.

Assault and battery

While the torts of assault and battery are similar and can go together in one lawsuit, it is important to note that they are actually two separate claims. A defendant can commit an assault without a battery, and vice versa. However, a battery usually includes an assault, and an assault can be characterized as an attempted or uncompleted battery. In general terms, an assault occurs when a person is placed in apprehension or fear of a harmful or offensive contact, and a battery occurs when that harmful or offensive contact actually occurs.

It is important to note that a battery plaintiff does not have to show that the defendant meant to cause physical injuries through the harmful or offensive contact. This means that even in a situation where the defendant was playing a practical joke and meant to scare the plaintiff, he or she can still be liable for battery as long as harmful or offensive contact resulted. What's more, the defendant himself or herself does not have to come into contact with the plaintiff in order to have committed a battery, nor does the contact need to be applied directly to the plaintiff, as long as the defendant supplied the force that caused or resulted in contact with plaintiff.

Damages in assault and battery cases

Damages in assault and/or battery cases may be compensatory or punitive. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for the losses you suffered as a result of defendant's conduct. They may include your medical expenses and lost income, damages for pain and suffering, and loss of your future earning capacity. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant him or herself and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior. The availability of punitive damages may differ from state to state, but, when available, punitive damages typically require proof that the defendant acted with "malice" (out of hatred or ill will) and set out to deliberately injure the victim.

Contact a personal injury lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an assault and/or battery, it is important that you speak with an attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Contact Saunders & Chabert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights and options.

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