I was injured in a domestic dispute can I force the other party to pay for my injuries if they run into the thousands?

A family member injured me while on vacation
at the lake. I had to have emergency surgery.
What are my options for having him at for the
damages?

Asked on August 14, 2018 under Personal Injury, Alabama

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the family member intentionally injured you, you can sue him for assault and battery. Your damages should include compensation for your medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for wage loss, and punitive damages.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement. Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to the medical bills determined by the medical reports. Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement. Punitive damages are a substantial amount to punish the intentional wrongful act of the family member who injured you.
Assault and battery are both civil (lawsuit) and criminal. The civil and criminal cases are separate and proceed independently.
If the family member's act that caused your injury was negligent not intentional, your damages would include all of the above except punitive and no criminal case.


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