Individuals who have sustained injuries due to the intentional acts of assault and battery as well as other acts of violent crime have the right to seek monetary compensation for their losses against all at fault parties. Criminal acts resulting in injury can take place anywhere including nightclubs, in the workplace, at school, in public transportation systems such as buses and trains, and in the home. An important factor in determining the viability of a case is whether the statute of limitations for filing a claim has run its course. If the Statute of Limitations has passed before a lawsuit is filed, then your rightful claim is barred permanently. It is vital to seek attorney representation as soon as possible before any statutory deadlines eliminate your right to recovery.
Two Years to File and Assault and Battery Injury Civil Case – Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 an individual (plaintiff) has two years from the date of the intentional act, “An action for assault, battery, or injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.”
Filing a Lawsuit Against Government Agencies – Victims of violent crimes at the hands of government agencies including police officers have six months (180 days) from the date of the act to file a claim with the agency.
What is the Statute of Limitations has Run – Is there any way I can get out of this.
In certain instances California courts will toll a statute (halt the statutory deadline for a period of time). Some common situations where the court will permit a tolling of the statutory period includes.
- Mental Incapacitation following the injury
- The injured party is a minor – the statute of limitations will be tolled and will not begin to run until the victims 18th birthday
- Physical Incapacitation following the injury
- The injury did not manifest itself until a later time after the act of abuse, battery, or assault took place – under these circumstances the statute of limitations will run from the date where the injured party knew or should have known of the injury
Filing a Lawsuit – What types of Compensation Available:
Victims of personal injury caused by the negligent or intentional acts of others are entitled to compensation for all their losses including,
- All medical expenses and future medical and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and Suffering including emotional trauma leading to depression and post traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Loss of income and future loss of earnings
- Punitive damages – where possible
Contacting an Attorney – To speak with an attorney regarding the filing of a personal injury claim for injuries suffered due to an act of violent crime contact our law offices toll free (855)385-2529. All consultations regarding your case are free of charge.