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Phoenix & Tucson Assault Injury Lawyer

Have you been injured in an assault and battery incident? We’re here to help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

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Have you suffered injuries from an assault, battery, or other intentional harm caused by someone else? A skilled Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for your injuries. At the Solorzano Law Firm, we’re here to represent clients who have been harmed not only due to negligence but also as a result of intentional acts such as assault, battery, sexual assaults, and other intentional torts. Contact us today for assistance.

Assault Injury Cases We Specialize In

Assault and Battery:

Representing a client who was physically attacked by another individual, resulting in severe injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, and emotional trauma.

Sexual Assault:

Providing legal counsel to victims of sexual assault, helping them pursue justice and compensation for the physical and emotional injuries inflicted upon them.

Domestic Violence:

Assisting victims of domestic violence in obtaining protective orders, securing compensation for injuries, and navigating legal proceedings against their abusers.

Workplace Assault:

Representing employees who have been assaulted by coworkers or supervisors in the workplace, advocating for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress.

School Bullying:

Advocating for children who have been physically assaulted or bullied at school, holding responsible parties accountable and seeking compensation for damages.

Assault by Security Personnel:

Representing individuals who have been assaulted by security personnel or bouncers at bars, clubs, or events, seeking justice and compensation for the unjustified use of force.

Hate Crimes:

Providing legal support to victims of hate crimes, including racially motivated assaults, religious attacks, or attacks based on sexual orientation, and pursuing compensation for the harm inflicted.

Robbery and Assault:

Assisting victims of theft and assault in pursuing civil claims against perpetrators, property owners, or businesses where the incident occurred, seeking compensation for injuries and property damage.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress:

Representing clients who have suffered severe emotional distress as a result of deliberate acts such as harassment, threats, or intimidation and seeking compensation for the psychological harm endured.

Wrongful Death from Assault:

Representing surviving family members in wrongful death cases resulting from fatal assaults, advocating for justice and compensation for the loss of their loved one.

What are Intentional Torts?

When considering personal injury claims, many people typically think of accidents like car crashes, slips and falls, workplace injuries, or medical malpractice incidents. These situations often involve negligence and don’t require proof of intentional harm. However, assault and battery cases fall into a different category known as “intentional torts.” Unlike accidents, intentional torts involve deliberate actions by the defendant.

In assault and battery cases, the defendant’s intent to commit a specific act is crucial, rather than the intent to cause a particular injury. It’s not necessary to prove that the defendant intended to harm you in a specific way or at all.

The fact that an act may also be considered a crime doesn’t affect your civil case for damages. Even if the perpetrator faces criminal charges or is convicted, you still have the right to pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit.

Intentional torts encompass a range of wrongful acts beyond assault and battery, including false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and others. However, assault and battery cases make up a significant portion of claims based on intentional torts.

Damages in Intentional Tort Cases

As a victim of an intentional tort, you may experience various categories of damages, extending beyond mere reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. Depending on the nature of your case and the extent of your injuries, allowable damages may include:

1. Medical Expenses: This encompasses the economic injury you suffer, covering costs such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, doctor appointments, medications, and other medical care expenses.

2. Lost Wages: If your injuries prevent you from working, you’re entitled to compensation for the income you’ve lost due to your inability to work.

3. Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress: Non-economic damages account for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the defendant’s intentional actions. This includes not only physical pain but also emotional anguish, humiliation (such as that experienced by victims of sexual assault), and other forms of emotional distress.

4. Punitive Damages: These damages are not aimed at compensating the victim but rather at punishing the wrongdoer. Also referred to as “exemplary damages,” punitive damages are awarded when the defendant’s conduct is deemed outrageous. While the amount of punitive damages should be proportional to the actual harm suffered, juries have some discretion in determining the amount. The defendant’s behavior must be considered sufficiently egregious to warrant punitive damages.

Types of Assault and Battery

Assault and battery, often mistakenly used interchangeably, are two distinct legal actions, although they frequently occur together in cases seeking damages. In Arizona, a civil assault claim requires proof of the following elements:

1. The defendant intended to cause offensive contact with you or another person or intended to cause apprehension of immediate harm or contact.
2. The defendant’s actions caused apprehension of immediate harm or contact in your mind.
3. You suffered damages as a result.

“Offensive” contact is a contact that would offend a reasonable person. Thus, in a civil assault case in Arizona, causing apprehension of offensive contact suffices, and actual contact is not necessary. Battery, on the other hand, involves actual physical contact, distinguishing it from assault.

The confusion between assault and battery arises partly because Arizona law treats threats and physical contact as separate on the civil side. In contrast, both are encompassed under assault in the state’s criminal code. Here are a couple of examples illustrating incidents that could lead to civil assault and/or battery claims:

Example 1: While enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re inadvertently struck in the jaw by a punch intended for someone else. Despite lacking intent to hit you, the person’s actions caused you harm, warranting a battery claim.

Example 2: Your neighbor approaches you in your yard wielding a baseball bat, threatening retaliation for a perceived wrong. Fearing for your safety, you back away and trip over a bicycle, breaking your arm. In this case, your claim for assault includes both the fear you experienced and the resulting injury.

Countless scenarios could support an assault and/or battery claim. Mr. Solorzano can guide you through the appropriate legal steps to take if you’ve been a victim of such conduct.

Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault and molestation have the right to pursue legal action against their perpetrators and others involved in sexually-related offenses. These offenses can range from inappropriate touching to forcible rape and may also include actions such as introducing date rape drugs into a drink. Additionally, victims can suffer emotional trauma from environments filled with sexual threats or innuendo.

Sexually related actions can result in serious, permanent, and life-threatening injuries, with emotional damages often as debilitating as physical harm. If you’ve experienced sexual assault or inappropriate sexual behavior, the Solorzano Law Team is here to support you. We can help you find the appropriate care for your physical and emotional injuries. Mr. Solorzano, drawing on his extensive trial experience, will vigorously pursue your damage claim to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Why Choose the Solorzano Law Firm Team for My Assault Injury Case?

At Solorzano Law Firm, we’re not just a team; we’re a group of seasoned legal professionals with decades of experience. We specialize in personal injury cases and pride ourselves on consistently achieving outstanding results for our clients. While not every case ends up in court, having a skilled trial lawyer by your side significantly boosts the chances of reaching a favorable settlement.

If your case does go to trial, rest assured that Jonathan Solorzano and our entire team are prepared to go the distance. We’ll put in the hard work and expertise necessary to ensure you receive top-notch legal representation and the best possible outcome.

If you’ve been injured or need someone to handle your assault injury case, contact Jonathan at the Solorzano Law Team. He’ll meet with you for a free consultation, giving you a chance to experience firsthand our dedication and commitment to our clients.

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