Civil Assault & Battery Lawyers in West Palm Beach, FL

Although assault and battery are criminal acts, they can also result in civil suits. If you have sustained serious injuries in a physical altercation, you may have the right to sue the aggressor for damages.

Since you have enough to worry about in the wake of such a traumatic event, you should not have to deal with navigating complicated legal proceedings on your own. The seasoned attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are here to guide you through the claims process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Our West Palm Beach assault and battery injury attorneys have recovered several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Will I Have to Go to Trial?

The thought of going to trial while recovering from serious injuries and emotional trauma may be more than you can handle. Fortunately, most personal injury claims are resolved before going to court.

Reaching a settlement in lieu of going to trial is often in the best interests of all parties involved. This allows them to maintain some control over the proceedings, even if that means compromising. It also eliminates the hassle and expense of going to trial.

At Donaldson & Weston, our assault and battery injury lawyers use all the resources at their disposal to secure the most favorable outcome possible without having to go before a judge or jury. For example, we might consult with relevant experts, locate and interview eyewitnesses, and apply legal pressure to gather evidence of liability.

As long as the opposing party is cooperative, it may be possible to negotiate for a settlement. But sometimes, going to court is the best option. Below are some factors that may influence whether your case goes to trial:

  • The severity of your injuries and the total compensation you are seeking;

  • Whether you intend to pursue a punitive award;

  • The strength of any evidence of liability;

  • Your own percentage of fault; and

  • The number of defendants.

Since assault and battery are criminal acts, you may also be wondering if you must attend any corresponding criminal proceedings. If the offender accepts a deal from the prosecutor or pleads guilty, your testimony may not be needed. If the case proceeds to court, though, your testimony could be the most valuable piece of evidence.

It’s natural to feel nervous about testifying in court because you may not want to face the person who attacked you; however, doing so may be necessary to ensure justice. Fortunately, the team at Donaldson & Weston can help you prepare for the criminal proceedings while handling your civil suit.