What legal action can I take if an angry manager threw something at me and bruised me?

I was accused of something someone else did. I defended myself. My manager grew angry and yelling, tossed a cart into the one I was holding which pushed it into me. There were no major injuries but this is not okay and it hurt. My employer and union seem to be doing nothing about this incident upon it being brought to them. Can I seek counsel? What are my rights?

Asked on October 31, 2018 under Personal Injury, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You can sue your manager for assault and battery.
Assault is intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of an immediate battery without  consent or legal privilege.
Battery is the physical contact; the harmful or offensive touching of another person without consent or legal privilege.
Assault and battery are both civil (lawsuit) and criminal.  The civil and criminal cases proceed independently.
You could file a lawsuit and as a separate case, pursue criminal charges.
In addition to damages (monetary compensation for your injury which will need documentation with medical treatment) in your lawsuit, you can also seek punitive damages which are a substantial amount to punish your manager's wrongful act.


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