Personal injuries aren’t always the result of accidents. In some cases, injury can arise from the willful actions of others.
Incidents involving battery can cause significant injuries that lead to lasting disabilities and impact the wellbeing of you and your family.
Understanding battery and knowing what steps to take when filing a personal injury claim help you get compensated for your injuries and other damages.
Battery Under Georgia Law
The actions classified as “battery” vary depending on the laws of each state. In Georgia, battery consists of any intentional physical contact that causes harm or offense to another.
Battery can occur when direct harm is caused such as in cases where one person physically harms another. But it can also be applied indirectly such as in cases where an object is thrown and injures an individual.
Battery can also be committed remotely. Creating an environment that causes another person to be injured can also be classified as battery under Georgia state law.
In some cases, there may be no physical harm that occurred. But an action may still be viewed as battery as long as the contact is deemed inappropriate or offensive to the victim. More importantly, the defendant must have the intent to cause harm.
Your ability to file a successful personal injury claim will depend on many factors that include the circumstances related to the event and the type of injury sustained.
Demonstrating Battery in a Court of Law
Evidence helps you prove that you sustained your injuries as a result of another person’s actions. Battery can be addressed through criminal and civil courts depending on the actions and injuries that took place.
There’s a wide range of actions that can cause harm to another person. These include pushing, hitting, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.
The injuries that can be sustained include lacerations, bruises, and bone fractures. These require minor or extensive medical care that can result in costly expenses for victims.
Less serious injuries or offenses can also be used to charge someone with battery. Minor offenses can still entitle you to receive compensation for damages.
In order to prove that battery took place, you must demonstrate that the physical contact was intentional and that you didn’t provide consent.
In some cases, the defendant may have intended to make physical contact but not to cause harm to the victim. This doesn’t excuse the defendant from being held liable for your injuries in battery cases.
Getting Compensation for Injuries and Damages
The process of filing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming for many. Having the legal help you need allows you to navigate the court system and ensure that you provide all of the information needed to achieve a successful outcome.
Working with a personal injury lawyer is the best way to maximize the compensation you receive and fully protect your rights.
Your attorney will guide you through each step of the process while helping you gather evidence to support your case.
You need to understand what’s required in order to prove that an individual committed battery and caused your injuries. Police reports, medical records, and other evidence help you establish liability.
Common defenses against a battery charge include the denial of intent and claims that the victim provided consent to the physical contact that resulted in harm or offense.
Physical contact also includes contact made with things that are associated with the body at the time of the offense. For example, harm caused by contact made with a person’s clothing can be considered battery in the courts.
Harm doesn’t have to cause pain either. The courts consider harmful contact to include anything that results in a change in the victim’s physical condition or bodily structure.
Pushing a person may not result in physical pain, but it does affect the person’s physical condition.
Understanding battery helps you prepare a stronger case that results in the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Getting the legal protection you need secures your personal and financial wellbeing for the future.