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Have you been the victim of assault and battery in New York City, NY? You have the right to hold your attacker accountable. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost earnings, and more.
For over 25 years, the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has fought for injury victims in all five boroughs. We represent injured clients and pursue compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Contact our law office for a free case review with a New York City assault injury lawyer to discuss how we can help you.
When you suffer serious injury due to someone else’s intentional wrongdoing, they should be held accountable for their actions. A New York City personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation from your attacker for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we will pursue damages from your attacker and other parties involved in your attack, like a property owner with negligent security.
Founding attorney Jay S. Knispel has been honored with the AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating and admission to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has recovered tens of millions for clients in New York City, New York, and will give you the legal representation you deserve.
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We are not afraid to take your case to a courtroom to seek maximum damage for the harm you suffered, including punitive damages. Call our law office today for a free initial consultation with a New York City assault injury lawyer ready to fight for you.
Assault is perhaps the most common violent crime in New York. To understand how common assault is, it’s important to understand assault charges in New York City and how they are reported and tracked.
Assault refers to intentionally causing injury to another person.
In some states, assault is a separate charge (referring to an attempt to cause harm) from battery (which involves making physical contact with the victim).
Like other states, the crime of assault is divided into separate criminal offenses. First-degree assault refers to intentionally causing serious injury with the intent to permanently disable or disfigure someone. It also refers to acting with depraved indifference for human life and reckless behavior creating a risk of death or serious injury. First-degree assault is also charged for causing serious injury during the commission of a felony.
Second-degree assault refers to intentionally causing serious physical harm, harm with a dangerous weapon, or recklessly causing injury with a dangerous weapon.
Third-degree assault refers to intentionally or recklessly causing a victim injury or negligently causing injury with a dangerous weapon.
Aggravated assault is the most serious type of assault offense. A battery offense becomes “aggravated” if committed by an adult against a child under 11 or with a dangerous weapon against a peace officer.
Note that most assaults are not index crimes. There are eight index crimes used to determine crime rates in a city or state and included in FBI crime statistics. Aggravated assault, however, is an index crime.
The FBI defines “aggravated assault” as an attack on someone else with the purpose of inflicting serious or aggravated bodily injury. These crimes usually involve a weapon. In New York City in 2019, there were 31,336 aggravated assaults reported to police.
In 2019, there were 20,800 people who were the victim of felonious assault in New York City. For these cases, there were 21,323 suspects. There were 15,857 arrests made.
The same year, there were 53,202 people who were the victim of misdemeanor assault and related offenses in New York City. There were 54,635 suspects in these cases, with 31,988 arrests made. Misdemeanor assault refers to third-degree assault.
These statistics only include assault cases reported to police. Many other assaults occur that are never reported.
In New York, assault and battery fall under “intentional tort.” This means you suffered an injury caused by someone else’s intentional, willful action. This makes it different from a typical personal injury case based on negligence.
New York law allows you to hold anyone accountable for causing or contributing your injuries, including:
It is not necessary for your assailant to face criminal charges or convictions in criminal court. You can still pursue a separate civil claim for damages. Civil claims have a lower burden of proof. However, a criminal conviction can strengthen your civil case.
All assault and battery cases are unique.
Personal injury attorneys consider many factors to assess the value of a case:
Cases that involve very serious, painful, disfiguring injuries tend to have a higher value than cases in which victims make a full recovery. Call our law firm for a free case review with our assault lawyers to discuss what your case may be worth.
As the victim of assault or battery, you are entitled to the same types of damages available in any personal injury case. This includes economic damages for your financial losses and non-economic damages for your personal losses.
You may recover compensation for:
Punitive damages may also be available. These rare damages may be awarded by a jury which chooses to punish the defendant. Punitive damages are far more likely to be awarded in an assault and battery case involving intentional wrongdoing than negligence claims.
If your loved one was killed in a NYC assault and battery, your family may be entitled to damages for your losses through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC represents assault and battery victims in all types of cases including:
We understand the full scope of injuries assault victims may be left with. Your injuries extend beyond physical harm and include psychological and emotional harm.
Our law firm fights for victims of assault and battery who have suffered:
We will fight to hold the responsible party accountable for the serious harm you have suffered.
Intentional tort cases have a shorter statute of limitations in New York than personal injury cases resulting from negligence. Assault and battery specifically have a one-year statute of limitations. This is a very short period of time in which to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.
Do not delay in pursuing your claim or you may lose the right to recover anything from the at-fault parties. Delays in investigating your case and gathering evidence can also weaken your case. Contact a New York City personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your claim.
When you are the victim of assault and battery, you should not be left with the financial burden of your injuries. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will fight to hold all responsible parties accountable to the fullest extent of the law. This includes not only your attacker but other parties whose negligence contributed to your attack.
Fill out our contact form or reach out to our law office today for a free consultation with a New York City assault injury lawyer ready to fight for you.