As the victim of an assault in Philadelphia, you may have the right to hold your attacker personally responsible for your injuries. In addition to pressing criminal charges, you can also file a civil personal injury lawsuit against them and demand the compensation you deserve.
The accomplished Philadelphia assault injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you navigate this challenging time. With more than 80 years of combined legal experience and millions recovered for our clients, you can feel a sense of relief when we’re on your side.
Our law firm offers a free initial case assessment, so don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule yours today.
Why You Should Call a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Assault
Assault and battery aren’t just crimes. They’re actions that violate a fundamental right – the right to have control over what happens to your body. In Pennsylvania, these types of actions are called torts. As the victim of a tort, you have the right to file a lawsuit and demand a financial award.
When you’ve been assaulted, it can take time to get back on your feet. However, you shouldn’t sideline your injury case while you recover. By calling a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, you can give yourself the opportunity to focus on yourself AND position yourself to maximize your financial recovery.
Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC has been representing assault and battery victims in Philadelphia for more than 40 years. Our personal injury lawyers know how traumatic an attack can be and go to great lengths to help our clients in any way that we can.
That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to give us a call after you’ve been attacked. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the results you deserve by:
- Working with law enforcement officials as part of our investigation to ensure that we are able to gather all relevant evidence
- Interviewing witnesses, reviewing police and arrest reports, analyzing photographs or video footage of the attack, and consulting with experts
- Identifying who, other than your attacker, might be liable for your injuries, and
- Navigating the complexities a related criminal assault case might impose.
We’ll do our best to negotiate a fair settlement offer on your behalf. If at-fault parties or their insurers don’t cooperate, we’ll bring your case to a jury. Our skilled trial lawyers know how to compel a jury to do what’s right.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you after an assault, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll gladly arrange a time to sit down to discuss your case at your earliest convenience.
What Do I Have to Prove If I’ve Been Assaulted?
The law provides that “an actor who intentionally causes physical harm is subject to liability for that harm.” In other words, you can file a civil lawsuit against the person who assaulted you in Philadelphia.
If you decide to file a civil assault lawsuit and pursue damages, this is what you’ll have to prove:
- The defendant intentionally and successfully caused offensive or harmful contact with your consent; OR
- The defendant intended to make you reasonably fearful for your safety and had the ability to carry out their threat.
In other words, the person who assaulted you threatened you and had the ability to hurt you, if they wanted, or actually made contact.
You Might Have a Claim Against Someone Other Than Your Attacker
Yes, you can file a lawsuit directly against the person who assaulted you. However, even if you win your civil assault lawsuit against your attacker, they might not have the financial means or ability to satisfy a judgment. In other words, you could win but they might not have the money to pay.
So, it’s important to consider that there might be other liable parties. Those parties often have insurance policies or deep pockets. Here’s a brief overview of who else might on the hook for your injuries after an assault:
- Property Owners: Were you assaulted at a business or somewhere that’s open to the public in Philadelphia? If so, the owners could be partly responsible for your injuries. That’s because, in Pennsylvania, property owners have to implement reasonable security measures to protect from acts of third party violence. If you were injured and negligent security contributed, you might have a case against the owner.
- Employers: Were you assaulted by someone who happened to be on the clock? What about an Uber or Lyft driver? If so, that person’s employer could potentially be responsible. Employers have to hire qualified employees and make sure that they’re monitored. Failure to do these things can result in liability.
- Schools: Was your child bullied or assaulted at school? Did the assault happen because of a lack of adult supervision? The school could be responsible for your child’s injuries.
Our team will carefully investigate your assault and determine if any of these (or other) parties could be held accountable for your injuries. Give us a call today to schedule a free initial case assessment and learn more.
Helping All Assault Victims in Philadelphia
Maybe you were attacked during an early morning run in Fairmount Park. Or, maybe you were involved in an altercation at a bar in South Philly. Whatever the reason, Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will be there to help you pursue the monetary damages you deserve. We represent clients who have been injured in assaults involving:
- Bar fights
- Criminal assaults
- Police misconduct
- Sporting event brawls
- Sexual assault, and more.
If you’ve feared for your safety or been physically harmed, call our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers for help. We will work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve.
Compensation Available to Victims of Assault in Philadelphia
No one has the right to violate you, touch you, or make you fear for your safety. Don’t let your attacker off the hook without paying you the compensation you deserve. Criminal charges – if filed – aren’t enough. When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can hit them where it hurts – their bank account.
In Pennsylvania, you might be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages help to compensate for the identifiable financial costs of your injury. This can include both present and future expenses. Examples include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and income, and
By receiving economic damages, you should be put back in the financial position you were in before you were assaulted.
Non-economic damages are paid to compensate for injuries that are tough to value. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
These damages are often difficult to value. That’s why our team will bring in experts as we navigate your case. Medical professionals can help us understand the extent of your injuries and the impact they might have moving forward. Mental health experts can provide some insight into how the trauma of your assault might interfere with your life, your ability to enjoy things, and even earn a living. With this insight, we can be the very best advocates for you as we attempt to negotiate a settlement or litigate your case in court.
How Will Criminal Assault Charges Affect My Civil Assault Case?
The person who assaulted you may or may not be charged with a crime in Philadelphia. If that happens, it’s important to remember that criminal and civil cases are separate. The outcome of one will not necessarily affect the outcome of the other. There might not be enough evidence to convict, but there could be more than enough to find the defendant liable for your injuries. If the defendant is convicted, that can be useful as you pursue compensation.
Many times, civil cases are put on hold while related criminal cases move forward. This happens when a defendant requests a stay of proceedings so that they can focus their attention on defending against jail time, fines, and probation. Once the criminal case is over, your civil case will pick right back up.
However, you’ll still have to make sure that your civil lawsuit is filed on time. You’ll lose the right to demand compensation if you allow the statute of limitations to expire before acting. In Pennsylvania, you’ll typically have two years from the date you were injured to file a civil lawsuit.
Call Our Philadelphia Assault Injury Lawyers Today
After an assault in Philadelphia, you can do more than press criminal charges. You can hold your attacker personally and financially responsible for the harm they’ve caused. Navigating a lawsuit takes time and patience. The process benefits from in-depth knowledge of civil assault laws and the procedures that have to be followed. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for help after you’ve been attacked.
Our Philadelphia assault injury lawyers are prepared to help you fight to maximize your financial recovery. Give our law office a call today to arrange a free initial case assessment with our team. We’ll review your case, explain your options, and help you determine how to move forward.