Assault, battery and aggravated assault are all criminal acts for which an alleged perpetrator can face severe legal consequences. Law enforcement and state prosecutors typically act swiftly in these cases, bringing the defendant to justice as quickly as possible.

Any attack on a person can carry a significant risk of suffering a personal injury. You probably know how assault with a deadly weapon like a firearm can kill or severely injure a victim. However, attacks with other types of weapons can also be catastrophic. For example, a knife wound can cause serious internal injuries. In another example, getting beaten with a heavy, blunt object can result in severe brain injuries.

No one denies that prosecution in these cases is important, but what about the victims’ need for resolution? What can they do to take back control of their lives and hold their attacker responsible?

Fortunately, the law in Florida and elsewhere in the nation empowers victims to file a civil lawsuit for the harm they have suffered. This means that those injured in an attack can retake a measure of control over their lives while finding the closure they so desperately need.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in an assault or other kinds of attack, consider talking with an attorney about the details surrounding the incident. You may be able to obtain financial compensation for your harm in a civil suit. Best of all, a civil suit gives you the power to hold your attacker accountable for the physical and emotional damage you have suffered.