While you often hear about assault and battery as though they are one charge, they are actually two separate offenses. Assault refers to a credible threat with the intention to harm someone, and battery is the act of bodily harm through physical force or violence. No matter what the circumstances, if you are a victim of assault and battery — aside from involving the police — you can also seek damages through civil litigation. A Las Vegas assault and battery attorney can help you recover compensation for your injury.
Under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 42.005, in addition to economic and non-economic damages, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Courts allow punitive damages to set an example and to punish the defendant when courts find the person “guilty of oppression, fraud or malice whether express or implied.” In addition to suing the person who committed assault and battery, establishments have a legal responsibility to maintain safe and secure premises. Whether an apartment building, casino, nightclub or shopping mall parking lot, most establishments must protect against liability by hiring security guards or putting other secure measures in place. Your attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault and battery and identify all liable parties.
It is vital to obtain representation as soon as possible when you are a victim of assault and battery in Las Vegas. You make the lawyer’s job easier when evidence is fresh and witnesses are still easy to locate.
Huggins & Maxwell has extensive experience with injury cases and can help you hold another party accountable for assault and battery damages.