Personal Injury – Assault and Battery
During the warmer months of year, I feel it is safe to say that more people are enjoying the warm weather and often partake in outdoor sports and recreations. Unique rides and rollercoasters offer thrills to those who seek them, and the games are playing basketball, football, walking your dog in the park or a friendly kickball games, are great way to engage with others and yourself. Despite your greatest efforts to remain calm and civil during the games, there is always the chance you could end up playing with someone whose middle name is Sour Grapes, a real hot head. When situations occur, no matter how much you anticipate cooler heads prevailing, there is always an off chance that a guy or girl is there with their significant other and want to prove a point.
While it is understood that you want to remain the civil party in the matter, resorting to turning the other cheek and being the bigger man, the simple argument could evolve into a dangerous situation. It should be understood that no one has the right to put their hands on you and that you do have a right to defend yourself if you are or feel threatened. If you are ever assaulted by someone without provocation, they could be found liable (at fault) for any harm that comes to you. There is even a possibility that the venue could be partially to blame. If a situation arises and it is not properly diffused or resolved by the establishment owner, whether it is an inside or outside court, you should talk to someone to find out.
With public venues, the owner has an obligation to its patrons. In a personal injury matter where there is an argument and a fight ensues, there is a duty that has to be afforded to patrons. The obligation placed upon any business owner is to ensure that, in the event melee ensues, they have to take the safety precautions necessary to protect their patrons. All businesses must be insured, just as we as drivers must be certain that we carry auto insurance; auto insurance may not seem important to some, but in the event of an accident, it’s best to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. No establishment is free from the obligation of insurance because it also works to aid in repairs of the venue, in the event of a natural disaster, accidental fire, or a pipe that has burst, just to name a few. The party that does harm to you during the incident does not get without recourse; there is a civil as well as criminal route that lies before them, especially if their aggression or malfeasance is witnessed by others.
If you have been the victim of an assault or battery matter that caused you harm either physically, emotionally, or mentally, you should speak with an experience attorney in your area as soon as possible. Because of the possibility of serious injuries, you deserve the best representation possible to ensure that your rights are protected. An attorney, like a personal injury lawyer Dekalb County GA residents turn to, with experience in both criminal and personal injury law could best direct you on your next step, be it civil or criminal. An attorney will be able to find out what happened, explain the possibilities, and ensure you that he or she will do what’s in your best interest from beginning to end; laws are ever changing and no matter how smart or savvy you feel you are, just as when you have a broken leg you got to the doctor, you have been violated and need an attorney’s assistance to again be whole.
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