Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have lost a family member or suffered injuries as a result of another person's negligence or misconduct, you could be legally entitled to compensation for your loss. To learn more about your right to damages, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney for straightforward solutions that will work for you.

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At the Tulsa, Oklahoma, law firm of Brewster & De Angelis, P.L.L.C., our attorneys have represented the victims of car accident, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases for nearly a quarter of a century. We can help you and your family find the answers you need and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Learn more about personal injury lawsuits in Oklahoma by reading the information below. To discuss your specific case with a lawyer, contact Brewster & De Angelis by e-mail or by calling our Tulsa office toll free at 888-398-5628.

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The lawyers at the law firm of Brewster & De Angelis, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have helped many individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others. At our firm, you can feel confident that there is an experienced and effective advocate standing at your side.

If you have been injured in Tulsa, Oklahoma City or northeastern Oklahoma, contact an attorney at the personal injury law firm of Brewster & De Angelis to learn more about your rights. Call our office toll free at 888-398-5628 to make an appointment.

Assault and Battery

In civil court, assault and battery are "intentional torts," and can be the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the person who commits them. Assault and battery are different from other personal injury claims in that the person accused of assault or battery must have acted with the intent to cause a certain result, namely either fear in the victim or physical contact to the victim's person. It is important if you or a loved one has been the victim of an assault or battery that you contact a knowledgeable, skilled personal injury attorney at Brewster & De Angelis, P.L.L.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to discuss your legal options.

Assault and battery

While the torts of assault and battery are similar, and can go together in one lawsuit, it is important to note that they are actually two separate claims. A defendant can commit an assault without a battery, and vice versa. However, a battery usually includes an assault, and an assault can be characterized as an attempted or uncompleted battery. Generally speaking, an assault occurs when a person is placed in apprehension or fear of a harmful or offensive contact, and a battery occurs when that harmful or offensive contact actually occurs.

It is important to note that a battery plaintiff does not have to show that the defendant meant to cause physical injuries through the harmful or offensive contact. This means that even in a situation where the defendant was playing a practical joke and meant to scare the plaintiff, he or she can still be liable for battery as long as harmful or offensive contact resulted. What's more, the defendant himself or herself does not have to come into contact with the plaintiff in order to have committed a battery, nor does the contact need to be applied directly to the plaintiff, as long as the defendant supplied the force that caused or resulted in contact with plaintiff.

Damages in assault and battery cases

Damages in assault and/or battery cases may be compensatory or punitive. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for the losses you suffered as a result of defendant's conduct. They may include your medical expenses and lost income, damages for pain and suffering, and loss of your future earning capacity. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant him or herself and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior. The availability of punitive damages may differ from state to state, but, when available, punitive damages typically require proof that the defendant acted with "malice" (out of hatred or ill will) and set out to deliberately injure the victim.

Contact a personal injury lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an assault and/or battery, it is important that you speak with an attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Contact Brewster & De Angelis, P.L.L.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights and options.

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