Unfortunately, suffering physical harm at the hands of security guards is not something uncommon. Security guards often abuse their position and wrongfully attack innocent people or even use excessive force while restraining suspects. Regardless of the specific situation, it is possible for security guards to negligently cause severe harm to others. Although every situation is different, affected parties could suffer a number of injuries, which could include some of the following: head injuries; traumatic brain injuries; neck injuries; back injuries; facial fractures; facial lacerations; fractured ribs; contusions; abrasions; scrapes; bruises; lacerations; etc.
Regardless of the specific injuries resulting from an incident involving a security guard, it is important that you understand that you might have grounds to sue. One of the most important things to do after an incident is to file a police report as soon as possible. Consider some of the common questions discussed below:
Can I file a police report if I was beaten up, attacked, harmed, or punched, by a security guard?
Yes, you could file a police report if you were attacked and harmed by a security guard. In fact, you definitely should file a police report. You should file your police report as soon as possible. This may be immediately after the incident, while you are at the hospital, or even a few days after the incident. The most important thing is that you file your police report to have an official record that the incident happened.
Can I file in person?
Typically, police reports are filed in person. This could be either immediately after the incident (given that the authorities are called to the scene) or even after the incident (if the victim goes into the police station). In some cases, a police officer might actually come to you whether you are at a hospital or at your home to take down the police report.
Can I file online?
Most police departments have an option that allows for people to file police reports online. In some cases, only certain types of reports can be filed online, so it is important to check directly with your local police department to confirm whether they take reports of assault and battery online. If your police department does take these reports online, you will likely need to provide a details description of the incident, including the date, time, and location of the incident, along with photographs, for instance.
Can I file over the phone?
Only some incidents can be reported over the phone. Again, the types of incidents that can be reported over the phone will likely vary depending on the police department. If your condition prevents you from filing your report in person or online, it is likely that your local police department can begin the report over the phone and follow-up at a later time.
Other Important Details
In addition to filing your police report as soon as possible after a security guard assault and battery incident, it is also necessary for you to report the incident both to the property owner and to the security guard company (if the security guard was contracted through a security guard company and not directly hired by the property owner). It is always important that you request copies of these reports for your records.
You should also ensure that you collect all necessary evidence. This could include photographs, videos, medical records, witness testimonies, etc. Having the necessary evidence will help ensure that you have everything necessary to successfully pursue your assault and battery claim.
Of course, you should also start looking for an experienced security guard assault and battery lawyer. Having the appropriate representation can make the entire legal process go smoothly and also increases the likelihood of reaching a positive claim outcome.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you have any questions surrounding how to file a police report after your assault and battery at the hands of a security guard or if you have any other questions about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to evaluate your claim and help you every step of the way – until you recover the compensation that you are owed.
We are proud to offer free legal services as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure, meaning that you will not be required to pay anything until after you win. If you are ready to speak with our security guard assault and battery lawyers, contact us today. We are ready to help you every step of the way.