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Assault

 

Note:   This page explains the civil tort of assault.  For information pertaining to a criminal assault charge, click here:  Criminal Assault

 

  In addition to being a criminal offense, an assault is also a civil tort.  An assault is simply a legal term used when a person is intentionally threatened by another person.  In order for the assault claim to be actionable, the person making the threat must at least appear to have the ability to carry out the threat.  The defendant’s actions must raise in the plaintiff’s mind the apprehension of imminent bodily harm.  Unlike a battery, however, actual physical contact is not necessarily in order for there to be an assault.

 

  It is not necessary that the defendant actually had the ability to carry out the threat, only that the plaintiff had that belief.  An assault is judged subjectively from the plaintiff’s perspective.  This means that even if a reasonable person would not have been placed in fear, an assault can still occur when the plaintiff is placed in fear. 

 

  It doesn’t even have to be the plaintiff that the defendant is intending to harm.  If the defendant directs their actions to a third person, but nevertheless places the plaintiff in fear of imminent bodily harm, an action for assault can be made.

 

  In an assault claim, the plaintiff may recover for economic damages such as medical bills, other out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages for humiliation, disgrace, or loss of dignity.  A plaintiff may also recover nominal damages, even without sustaining an injury.

 

  An assault claim can also provide the basis for punitive damages. 

  For more information about personal injury claims, click here

 

The information contained on this page is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice.  The experienced attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can assist you if you are the victim of an assault.  We’d be happy to sit down with you and review your situation and provide appropriate advice.  Call today for your free, no-obligation consultation. 

 

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