Daytona Beach, FL—When an individual engages in behavior that causes physical harm to another, this is generally referred to as assault. Assault can be categorized as physical assault and even sexual assault, and both are considered criminal offenses in the State of Florida. If an individual was assaulted in or nearby to Daytona Beach, they may be able to recover damages from their attacker by filing a civil lawsuit against them.
When someone intentionally causes physical and/or psychological harm to another, they can be held accountable for their actions. Although filing a civil lawsuit isn’t a guarantee that a victim will be provided with financial relief, it does increase their chances of getting some compensation. When a civil lawsuit is filed, a victim can request that they be awarded money for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Loss of consortium. The spouse or partner of an assault victim can seek compensation for loss of consortium if the incident has led to an interference in their relationship with the victim. A victim can speak with a Daytona Beach, FL personal injury lawyer to find out if their spouse would be entitled to receive compensation for loss of consortium and approximately how much.
What other parties be held accountable for an assault?
If the assault occurred on public or private property and a lack of security created a favorable environment for the attacker, then the property owner may also be sued. For example, if an individual was assaulted in the parking lot of a nightclub, the property owner could potentially be sued if there was not adequate lighting. Because it is likely for an assault to occur in a nightclub parking lot, property owners are expected to provide adequate security (i.e. ample lighting, security cameras, security guards, etc.) to reduce the chances of something bad happening.
If a property owner in Florida failed to provide adequate security and a person was assaulted on their property as a result, they may have a viable case against him/her.
How can an assault victim find out if they have the right to sue?
Assault victims can meet with a Daytona Beach, FL personal injury lawyer if they wish to find out if they have the grounds to sue. An attorney can assess the incident and determine which parties, if any, can be held liable for their behavior. If an assault victim is looking to take legal recourse against their attacker and/or a property owner, they are encouraged to contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. to receive a free consultation with a lawyer.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118