Are you struggling with injuries because you were recently assaulted in Houston, TX? The person who attacked you might be charged with a crime. However, that won’t put money in your hands when you need it most. Fortunately, you can hold them personally liable for the harm and suffering they’ve inflicted. How? By filing a civil assault injury lawsuit against them. The Houston assault injury lawyers at Brian White & Associates can help you fight to get the money you need and deserve.
This is a difficult time and you probably have a lot of questions. That’s why our Houston law office provides an initial consultation at absolutely no cost to you. So, give us a call today to set up a time to sit down with our experienced legal team to learn more.
How Will a Personal injury Lawyer Help Me If I Was Assaulted in Houston?
Assault isn’t just a crime. It’s also an intentional tort. This means that you may have the right to file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation if someone else intentionally threatened, attacked, or physically injured you. In fact, you might even have a valid case against someone other than your attacker, such as a business owner or employer.
However, lawsuits can be time-consuming and stressful. They can be incredibly overwhelming at a time when you are struggling to recover from physical and emotional wounds. Other parties and insurance companies certainly won’t go out of their way to make things easy for you. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this on your own. You can and should enlist the help and guidance of a Houston injury lawyer.
At Brian White & Associates, our team has more than 45 years of collective experience handling personal injury cases in the state of Texas. Brian White, our founding attorney, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas board of legal Specialization. Only 3% of attorneys in the state can say the same.
What does this mean for you? It means that when you hire our law firm, you can benefit from a team of attorneys with a demonstrated track record of success. You can benefit from our unparalleled experience, in-depth knowledge of the law, incredible financial resources, and unwavering commitment to the clients we represent. When you hire our Houston law firm, we will:
- Scrutinize your assault from every possible angle
- Work with law enforcement, when possible, to ensure that we have access to all relevant evidence
- Analyze police and medical reports, photographs, witness statements, and other evidence
- Bring in experts to help us as we build your assault injury claim, and
- Determine if anyone other than the person who attacked you could be legally and financially responsible for your injuries.
Simply put, we’ll deploy whatever manpower and resources are necessary to help us negotiate and/or litigate a substantial monetary award on your behalf. To learn more, please call our Houston law office and schedule a free consultation.
Do I Have a Civil Assault Case?
Assault is both a crime and a civil wrong. While these are different – a person can face criminal assault charges and be sued for the harm they cause – the act of assault is defined the same way for both. In Texas, assault can be defined in three distinct ways.
Assault occurs when a person:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to someone else;
- intentionally or knowingly threatens another person with imminent bodily injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should
- reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
So, you might have a legitimate and valid civil assault lawsuit if you have been threatened, touched, or physically harmed by another person.
Our Attorneys Represent All Assault Injury Victims in Houston
Assault can involve a stranger. It might involve someone you know quite well. If you’ve been assaulted in Houston, our attorneys will be there to help you demand the money you deserve, regardless of the circumstances. We represent clients who have suffered physical and/or emotional trauma as a result of:
- Criminal assaults, including robberies and muggings
- Fights at a bar or nightclub
- Sexual assaults
- Police brutality
- Domestic violence
- Brawls at Houston sporting events, and more.
It doesn’t matter whether you were held up at gunpoint in a dark alley or physically attacked in broad daylight. Call Brian White & Associates for immediate legal assistance. We will help guide you through this difficult time and fight to get you the money you deserve.
Who Else Might Be Responsible For My Assault Injuries?
While you can sue the person who attacked you, it’s important to consider that a lawsuit against them might not yield a lot of money. Even if you win, they can really only pay as much as they have. If they don’t have a lot of money, resources, or assets, your recovery might not amount to what you really need or deserve. Fortunately, your attacker isn’t the only one who might be liable for your injuries.
In Texas, anyone who contributes to an assault can also be financially liable for the consequences. This could include:
- Businesses, including bars, restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment venues, and stores
- Property owners
- Schools and school administration
- Daycare centers and caretakers
- Houses of worship and clergy, and
- Government agencies.
Brian White & Associates will carefully review your case to see if you might have a premises liability, negligent security, or another type of negligence claim. If you do, our legal team will work diligently to pursue compensation from anyone who put you in harm’s way or created a situation that allowed the assault to occur.
Assault Can Cause Severe, Debilitating Injuries
Victims of assault can sustain a wide range of injuries. We represent clients who, because they (or a family member) were attacked or abused, suffered:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries
- Eye injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Wrongful death, and more.
We never discount the emotional consequences of an assault, either. The trauma of an assault can leave you with crippling fears, anxiety, and depression. For many victims of assault, the attack haunts them for years – if not the rest of their lives. Our team will aggressively pursue compensation for all of your injuries – physical and emotional.
What Compensation Is Available to Victims of Assault in Houston?
If you’ve been assaulted, threatened, or attacked in Houston, you might be entitled to damages to compensate for:
- Medical devices or equipment
- Other medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other emotional trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income and wages
- Disability, and more.
When you enlist the help of our Houston assault lawyers, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to recover all of the money you deserve. How? By enlisting the help of experts along the way. We’ll discuss and analyze your case with doctors, therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and anyone else who can provide some insight into your injuries and how the attack might shape your life. The more we understand about your case, the stronger our case for compensation can be.
How Long Do I Have to File a Civil Assault Lawsuit in Houston, Texas?
In Texas, victims of assault typically have up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit against their attacker and/or other parties. There are certain times when the statute of limitations will provide more or less time to do so. However, if you don’t file a lawsuit within the applicable time period, you will lose the right to recover any compensation, at all.
What if the person who attacked you is charged with assault in Houston? You can still file your lawsuit against them. However, be prepared for the possibility that your civil case might be put on hold for a little while. That’s because defendants can ask a court to pause – or stay – a civil case that’s filed against them so that they can focus all of their energy on their criminal case. If a stay is granted, your civil case would resume once the criminal case is resolved one way or another.
Will the outcome of a criminal assault case affect your civil assault case? Not necessarily. Legally and procedurally speaking, they’re separate. The burdens of proof are different. It’s much easier to satisfy the burden of proof in a civil case than it is in a criminal case. So, it’s possible that the person who attacked you won’t be convicted, but will be determined to be liable for your injuries. At the same time, if they are convicted or plead guilty, that can certainly benefit your demands for compensation.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Experienced Houston Assault Injury Lawyers Today
Have you recently been assaulted in Houston, TX? Contact Brian White & Associates to learn about your rights and the legal options that might be available to you. If you’re entitled to compensation, our Houston assault attorneys will work tirelessly to help you get every last dollar you deserve.
We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to give our law firm a call or reach out to us online to learn more today.