Costa Mesa Assault and Battery Lawyer
Being a victim of assault and battery is an emotionally traumatizing experience. Unlike a car accident, assault and battery means someone intended to commit a crime against someone else. A person who has been victimized through assault or battery can carry the weight for months and even years. Possible side effects include nightmares, mood swings, social anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
We often think of assault and battery as the same thing, but in reality, they are two separate crimes that often go hand in hand. Assault occurs when a person inflicts a fear of potential harm. California law defines this as any attempt to use force or violence on another. Battery, on the other hand, is the actual act of violence itself. While these are two distinct crimes, they are often charged together.
What to Do When You Are Attacked
If you have been a victim of assault or battery, go to the police station and file a report. You must have a record on file to recover damages from your case.
When you arrive, you may be angry or still emotionally charged from the experience, so take a deep breath and try to stay calm. Police officers are more likely to take your case seriously if you can calmly and rationally recount your story. The more information you give them, the more likely they are to put your assailant behind bars before he or she can harm anyone else.
You should also retain the services of an Irvine injury lawyer as soon as possible. These professionals can help you recount your story and will launch their own investigations into the assault. Once the police know that a legal authority is involved, they tend to take your case more seriously.
Our Costa Mesa assault injury attorneys will review the facts of your claim with an expert eye. Our first step is determining if your case should go to court. We do this by examining the defendant’s assets and concluding whether or not his or her insurance can pay for your medical bills and emotional damages. We do not want to waste your time pursuing a settlement that the defendant does not have the funds to pay.
Your Orange County Assault & Battery Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Mann & Elias, we proudly serve the Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Costa Mesa areas. As such, we find many of our cases stem from patrons being improperly treated by security guards at events or beaten by another patron at a bar or restaurant. In these types of cases, we may be able to pursue a suit using the idea of premises liability, which stipulates that an owner of an establishment is under a legal obligation to keep a reasonably safe atmosphere.
Security guards, in particular, are notorious for using excessive force because they are often not properly trained to handle escalating situations effectively. If you are participating in disorderly conduct, the guards do have the authority to use some force to remove you, but they often fall on the wrong side of the line.
Serving Irvine | Mission Viejo | Costa Mesa
If you have been a victim of assault or battery, you need the help of a competent legal team willing to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. The Law Offices of Mann & Elias have been recovering settlements for our clients since 1998. Let us review the facts of your case so we can let you know if you have one worth pursuing. For questions regarding your assault or battery case, contact us for a free initial consultation and more information.