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Assault & Battery Injuries Costs Shouldn't Burden Victims and Their Families

Posted on in Personal Injury

Assault and battery injuries happen every day in America. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program tells the tale each year. Their last report put the estimated number of assault and battery incidents in the millions. Some people may be surprised at the FBI's amount of reported crimes because they don't realize that battery is different from assault and there are variations of both.

Basic assault involves making a believable threat but not necessarily carrying it out. Battery, on the other hand, entails physical touching or contact. As such, there are different types of injuries associated with each crime. For instance, a verbal threat that is never carried out may cause a person psychological injuries.

What are some of psychological injuries that follow a basic assault? There are many but an elevated stress level is generally one of them. Stress from traumatic events has the potential to cause behavior changes, psychosomatic illnesses, physical maladies, personality disorders as well as prompt suicidal thoughts. Excellent examples are battered spouses who eventually lash out and commit battery or other violent offenses against their tormentors.

Understandably, treating psychological injuries is complicated, costly and time-consuming. For instance, recent studies have shown that disorders caused by post traumatic stress typically carry annual costs upwards of $8,000 per person. When one considers that treatment for the disorder may last more than a year, it is clear how expensive assault injuries alone may be for some individuals.

Battery injuries, as we alluded to previously, have to do with a person's physical well-being. Consequently, the list of potential injuries includes a myriad of body parts. For example, a person who is struck by a tire iron may experience closed or open head injuries. The latter involves the tire iron making contact with the interior of a person's skull. Both types may cause significant changes in a person's behavior, language skills, cognition, vision and speech.

Like psychological injuries, the costs to treat closed or open head wounds are high. On average, studies place direct expenditures at a minimum of $26,000. However, as in the case of our tire iron example, they are generally higher than $26,000. Again, those direct costs are simply for brain injuries. They don't take into consideration indirect costs or additional battery injuries. Obviously, they could put the cost of recovering from a battery well beyond the $100,000 mark per year.

Bear in mind that oftentimes, people have to deal with both assault and battery injury costs simultaneously. They may also suffer other indignities, like being forced to give up personal pursuits, careers, personal relationships, freedom and mobility. So anyone who sustains assault and battery injuries should take steps to ensure that he or she is not left to deal with the situation alone.

Legal action may help force the aggressor to shoulder the burden of the costs we mentioned above as well as make amends in other ways. Of course that is providing that the injuries and criminal charges are verified. To find out more about pursuing restitution for assault and battery injuries, please contact us.

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