Were you or a loved one assaulted in St. Louis, Missouri? You deserve to hold the attacker accountable — regardless of whether the state prosecutes them for a crime. In fact, you can recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the responsible party.
Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you pursue justice. Our legal team has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law. We’ve recovered more than $70 Million for our injured clients.
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How Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Suffered an Assault in St. Louis, MO
It may seem like you have to wait around for the state to prosecute your attacker to get justice. While the state is responsible for administering criminal justice, you are also entitled to civil justice. What does that mean? It means you can sue your attacker in court for the damages you sustained due to your assault injuries.
Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers has more than three decades of legal experience. We’ve recovered tens of millions for individuals and families in Missouri, leading to recognition from Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell, to name a few.
When you hire our St. Louis personal injury lawyers, we will:
- Explain your civil options for holding your assailant accountable
- Investigate your assault to gather evidence and identify all liable parties
- Calculate your damages and determine the value of your claim
- Work with experts, if necessary, to help us strengthen your case
- Handle all communications and negotiations with the other parties
- Take your case to court in pursuit of justice
Your attacker may not be the only liable party in your assault injury case. You deserve experienced legal representation to help you determine your rights and options and pursue the money you need to get your life back on track. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis injury attorney.
We Handle All Types of Assault Injury Cases in Missouri
Assaults can happen in many different ways, from a spat with a neighbor to a mugging. Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyer represents victims in all types of assault injury cases, including claims arising from:
- Bar or nightclub fights
- Domestic violence
- Nursing home abuse and assaults
- Sexual assault
- Violent criminal attacks
- Workplace altercations
- Wrongful death
No matter how you were assaulted, we want to help you fight back. Let us assist you in holding your attacker liable for their reprehensible behavior.
How Do I Prove an Assault Injury Case in Missouri?
Assault is an intentional tort. Torts are civil wrongs; they describe acts or omissions that injure another person. Most tort cases are based on negligence, which involves carelessness rather than intentional misconduct.
Assault involves an intentional act that causes you reasonable apprehension of imminent bodily harm. It does not require actual contact; that’s battery.
Assault requires proof that another party:
- Acted intentionally or recklessly
- Threatened you or engaged in dangerous behavior, and
- Meant to make you imminently fearful of your safety.
- The defendant’s conduct caused you to suffer damages.
Verbal threats can sometimes be enough to meet these requirements. Moreover, your damages don’t necessarily have to be physical; they might be based on emotional distress. A St. Louis assault injury attorney can help you prove the elements of your case.
What’s My Assault Injury Claim Worth?
It depends. No attorney will be able to tell you the value of your claim without analyzing the facts.
Your claim’s value will depend heavily on:
- The types of injuries you suffered, physical or non-physical
- The extent of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages after the injury
- Whether your attacker can be found
- Whether other parties share liability for your attack
- The strength of your evidence
The best way to determine the damages in your case is to consult with an experienced assault lawyer in St. Louis. Contact Bradley Law Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule your free consultation to learn more.
What Damages Are Available to Injury Victims in St. Louis?
Assault victims can typically seek compensatory damages from their attacker and other liable parties. Compensatory damages consist of economic damages (financial losses) and non-economic damages (non-financial losses)
Economic damages will cover your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Non-economic damages will compensate for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages may be available in St. Louis assault cases. Unlike compensatory damages, which compensate for a victim’s losses, punitive damages punish a defendant for their misconduct.
These damages are only available in cases where a defendant has intentionally or recklessly harmed the plaintiff. Assault cases often fit this category.
Who is Liable For My Assault Injury in St. Louis?
Your attacker, of course, is the party directly liable for your assault injuries. However, you might not know who attacked you. Or, if you do, you might know that they don’t have the assets to cover your damages.
Fortunately, your assailant might not be the only liable party in your case. The business or property where you suffered the attack might share some responsibility for your attack, especially if they failed to provide adequate security, failed to install or fix adequate door locks, or neglected to fix or install proper lighting in the area of your attack. This is known as premises liability.
Depending on the facts, the following parties could be liable for your assault:
- Businesses and stores
- Churches and religious institutions
- Nursing homes
- Property owners
- Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
- Schools and universities
Our St. Louis assault lawyers can help you identify all parties who share fault for your injuries. Thanks to Missouri’s pure comparative fault laws, you’ll be able to recover compensation from each party that contributed to your assault.
How Long Do I Have to File an Assault Injury Lawsuit in Missouri?
Missouri doesn’t give you unlimited time to file an assault injury claim. You’ll be subject to a strict statute of limitations deadline. Missouri law gives you two years from the date of your assault to file a case.
If you fail to initiate a lawsuit by the deadline, you will be barred from recovering compensation.
Contact our St. Louis law firm today for help calculating the statute of limitations in your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced St. Louis Assault Injury Lawyer
You don’t have to suffer quietly and let your attacker off the hook. You can demand justice in the form of financial compensation. Bradley Law personal injury lawyers can stand up for you and fight for your rights.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer. We’re ready to help you get justice after your assault.