Victims of domestic assault and battery may be entitled to compensation
Monday, Oct 20, 2014
Monday, Oct 20, 2014
Baltimore, Md. – Attorney Joseph T. Mallon of Baltimore’s premier personal injury law firm, Mallon & McCool, explains the potential civil damages domestic violence victims may recover to compensate them for injuries suffered at the hands of an abusive spouse or partner.
Suspended Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice’s videotaped assault on his wife in a hotel elevator earlier this year continues to dominate headlines in Maryland and throughout the world. YouTube has registered more than 9.6 million views of the infamous video. The Ray Rice incident is shedding new light on the prevalence of domestic violence in America. Courts typically treat domestic violence injuries as criminal and/or family court matters; however, victims of domestic violence may also be entitled to personal injury damages for assault or battery.
In Maryland, assault is defined as the crimes of assault, battery, and assault and battery. Assault occurs when an abuser threatens a spouse or partner and puts them in fear of being hurt. Battery involves the intentional harmful or offensive contact of another person.
Victims of assault and battery tied to domestic abuse may be entitled to civil damages to compensate them for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are also potentially recoverable in civil assault and battery cases since a domestic violence perpetrator’s actions are deliberate and intended to cause harm to the victim. Civil assault claims must be filed within one year of the incident. Personal injury claims for battery must be filed within three years of the incident.
While domestic violence victims can never be fully compensated for the trauma, pain and fear they endured by someone they loved and trusted, civil monetary relief can help them begin to regain their dignity and move forward with their lives.
Attorney Joseph T. Mallon, Jr. of Mallon & McCool, has successfully represented personal injury victims in complex litigation for more than 20 years. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Mr. Mallon will carefully review your case, evaluate and prepare credible witnesses for trial, and develop a litigation or settlement strategy to maximize the outcome in your case.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
Mallon & McCool, a personal injury firm with offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is experienced and aggressive in helping personal injury victims recover compensation for their injuries. The firm is located at 300 E. Lombard Street, Suite 815, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 and may be contacted at (410) 727-7887. Additional information about Mallon & McCool and Attorney Joseph T. Mallon, Jr., may be obtained from the firm’s website at http://www.malloninjurylaw.com.
Being injured in a serious accident or due to a medical error can impact every aspect of your life. Along with physical pain and financial hardship, such injuries can cause severe emotional anguish to you and your family.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC understand your distress. We are experienced and tenacious and have secured numerous recoveries for our personal injury clients.