You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been the victim of an assault in Kansas City, MO. Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering.
Our Kansas City assault injury lawyers have 30+ years of experience, and we’ve won more than $70 million for clients just like you. We’re here to help you after you’ve been attacked, too.
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How Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers Can If You’ve Been Assaulted
As the victim of an assault, the fact that your attacker is charged with a crime might bring a sense of comfort. But it won’t make up for the physical, emotional, and financial harm the assault has caused. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against your attacker (and potentially others) is the best course of action.
To win your case – and maximize your financial recovery – you’ll want one of our accident attorneys in Kansas City in your corner. That’s why you should call Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers for help as soon as you can.
We’re award-winning trial lawyers with more than three decades of experience. We’ve won tens of millions in damages for clients like you.
- We’ll investigate the circumstances surrounding your assault
- We’ll identify all potentially liable parties and seek compensation from each and every one
- We’ll handle your case from start to finish – giving you the time you need to get better
- We’ll handle all negotiations with insurance adjusters and at-fault parties
- We’ll prepare your case for trial and bring it to a jury, if necessary.
Don’t let those responsible for your injuries and trauma off the hook. Call Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers in Kansas City, Missouri and ask for our help. We’ll stand up for you and fight to get every dollar you deserve.
Can I Sue If I’ve Been Assaulted in Missouri?
Yes. Assault and battery are both crimes in the state of Missouri, but they’re also intentional torts. This means that victims may have the right to file personal injury lawsuits and seek damages for the resulting harm.
In Missouri, civil assault means that one person (the defendant) acted with the intent to cause you (the plaintiff) a reasonable fear of offensive contact or bodily harm and caused that fear. Assault doesn’t require physical injuries or even physical contact – it just requires a reasonable fear that you’re going to be harmed in some way.
Battery, on the other hand, is effectively a “completed” assault. You can file a lawsuit for civil battery if the defendant intentionally made harmful or offensive contact and caused you physical harm.
What is My Assault Injury Case Worth?
As the victim of an assault (and/or battery) in Kansas City, you may have a legitimate claim for damages. But, what is your personal injury case worth?
It really depends on the specific details of your case, such as:
- The type of injury you’ve suffered
- How long it will take you to recover from your physical and emotional trauma
- Whether your ability to work and earn an income has been affected by the assault
- Who’s liable for your assault injuries
- Your out-of-pocket costs, including medical bills, rehabilitation, therapy, and more
- The extent to which the attack has caused mental trauma and suffering.
The more serious your injuries and the more extensive your financial costs, the more your assault injury case will likely be worth. The best way to get an idea of the value of your case is by speaking with an experienced assault injury attorney in Kansas City, MO immediately.
What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Assaulted in Kansas City?
Just like victims of car accidents in Kansas City, assault victims are able to seek both economic and non-economic damages for attack-related injuries.
Economic damages include money for specific and identifiable financial costs, like:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Funeral and burial expenses, if an attack results in wrongful death.
Non-economic damages include damages for more subjective trauma, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality or enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium.
In situations involving intentional torts like assault and battery, punitive damages may also be available. These are awarded for the sole purpose of punishing the defendant acted “without just cause or acted with a deliberate and flagrant disregard for the safety of others.”
Is My Attacker the Only Person Liable For My Assault Injuries?
Not necessarily. Under Missouri state law, anyone who contributes to your injuries – directly or indirectly – can be held financially responsible.
Potentially liable parties could include:
- Property owners
- Manager and landlords
- Government agencies
- School officials or agents
- Hospitals and medical professionals
- Nursing homes
For example, let’s say you were attacked at a nightclub in downtown Kansas City one evening. The club could face liability in a premises liability or negligent security lawsuit if it failed to take reasonable steps to keep the environment safe.
Similarly, a nursing home could be liable if a resident was assaulted by a caretaker if it was negligent in screening, training, or monitoring its employees appropriately.
Often, individual attackers will not have the financial resources to pay for injuries caused – even if a court says they should. So, it’s smart to have an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney consider all possible strategies for recovering compensation if you’ve been assaulted. Contact Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your options for free today.
We Handle All Assault and Battery Injury Cases in Kansas City, Missouri
At Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we believe that you deserve financial justice if you’ve been assaulted or attacked. That’s why we’re proud to help victims of assault and battery stand up and fight back.
We represent clients in all assault injury cases, including:
- Bar fights
- Domestic disputes
- Assaults at Kansas City hospitals and nursing home facilities
- Sexual assault
- Assaults involving firearms and dangerous weapons
- And more.
Don’t hesitate to contact our law offices in Kansas City to learn more about how we might be able to help you. Your first case evaluation is absolutely free. And, because we work on a contingency fee basis, there’s no risk in asking for our help. You only pay if we win your case – end of story.
How Long Do I Have to File an Assault Injury Lawsuit in Missouri?
However, there are times when different statutes of limitations may apply.
For example, if an assault results in wrongful death, family members will have three years to file a lawsuit. Alternatively, When a government agency is involved, victims (or their families) will have less time to act.
Will Criminal Charges Affect My Assault Injury Case?
If your attacker is facing both criminal charges and civil liability for the attack, it’s possible that your civil case could be put on hold temporarily. This would allow the attacker to focus all of their energy on defending themselves. This doesn’t mean your case wouldn’t move forward. Rather, you would have to wait until the criminal case was resolved.
Think of it this way: this gives you more time to understand the full extent of your injuries, identify what your case is really worth, and build a strong claim for damages.
What Happens If My Attacker Isn’t Convicted – Can I Still Win My Civil Assault Case?
Criminal and civil cases are distinct. The outcome of one won’t (necessarily) have a direct impact on the other. The burdens of proof in these cases are different. The state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s quite possible that the state will fail to meet that burden if there’s not a lot of evidence or if it makes a mistake during the process.
In civil cases, the standard is by a preponderance of the evidence which is much lower. You simply have to prove that your side of the story – as backed by facts and evidence – is more likely true than not.
The fact that your attacker is convicted – or pleads guilty – can definitely be helpful if you’ve filed a related civil assault lawsuit. But, dropped charges or an acquittal don’t mean your case won’t be successful.
The best way to ensure the best outcome is by trusting your assault injury case to an experienced and passionate personal injury lawyer in Kansas City.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Kansas City Assault Injury Lawyers
Were you or a loved one the victim of an assault in Kansas City, MO? The Kansas City assault injury lawyers at Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight for compensation. Contact our law firm to learn about your rights and find out how we can help. Your first consultation, as always, is 100% free.