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Can I Sue For Injuries Sustained In A Bar Fight Or Assault?


Atlanta is home to some of the greatest bars, restaurants, and clubs in the country. However, wild nights out can go hand-in-hand with reckless conduct and violent assaults. It’s not at all uncommon for one of these nights to end in the emergency room. If you have been injured in an Atlanta bar fight or assault, you know that the damage can be catastrophic. Bar fights can result in life-altering disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and serious trauma to the spinal cord. Trauma to the face can result in broken and fractured bones which can require dozens of costly surgeries to reconstruct. The good news is that there are legal options available to victims of such harm which can help alleviate the financial stress caused by these injuries. Don’t hesitate to contact an Alpharetta personal injury attorney for help with your case.

Should I Press Criminal Charges or Bring a Lawsuit?

There is a lot of confusion about the relationship between criminal and civil charges. When someone causes you intentional harm, as a victim, you have the right to bring criminal charges against them because they broke the law. They will then be tried in the criminal justice system, which is designed to punish and rehabilitate the offender. Although restitution to a victim for medical bills can be part of a criminal sentence, the criminal justice system is not designed primarily to compensate victims. This is where civil court comes in. Personal injury lawsuits, brought in civil court, are designed to restore victims to the position they would have been in financially had the injuries never occurred. Some people find that by pursuing both avenues they are able to get both the justice and the compensation that they need. However, you have the option to pursue either, neither, or both. It’s important to note in making the decision, that the burden of proof is much higher in criminal court than it is in civil court. This means that if you succeed in criminal court, you are almost certain to succeed in civil court. Some people may elect to pursue criminal charges and assess the outcome before determining whether to move forward with a civil lawsuit. Talking to an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help you determine the course of action that is best for you.

Benefits of Bringing a Lawsuit for Assault

As noted above, the costs associated with treating and recovering from injuries sustained in a fight or attack can be extensive. In addition to medical treatment, medication, hospitalization, and other costs, victims are likely to require mental health care to cope with the psychological impact of the harm. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to take back control of the situation and ensures that you will have the financial resources to treat your injuries and move forward in life. At the very least, bringing a successful personal injury lawsuit means that you will no longer be affected by the negative financial consequences of the harm.

Schedule a Consultation with Hawkins Spizman Trial Attorneys

If you have been injured due to a bar fight or physical attack in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, or the greater Georgia area, Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to fight to make sure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

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