How does my boyfriend get out of paying a hospital bill he has from getting beat up?

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How does my boyfriend get out of paying a hospital bill he has from getting beat up?

My boyfriend got beat up and sent to the hospital. The guy who did it was sentenced already and wasn’t ordered to pay restitution. The County Attorney said they tried to get a hold of my boyfriend but my boyfriend never received any kind of call or mail about it. Now he has almost $5,000 in medical bills. How does he get the guy to pay him?

Asked on February 24, 2011 under Personal Injury, Nebraska

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Assault and battery are both civil and criminal.  The individual who beat your boyfriend was tried and convicted on the criminal charges and sentenced.  This does not prevent your boyfriend from filing a lawsuit against the person for assault and battery.  Your boyfriend should seek damages (monetary compensation) in the lawsuit for his injuries including the medical bills, any wage loss, etc.

If your boyfriend gets a judgment against the person, he will need to enforce the judgment to obtain payment.  If the individual does not pay, any assets he has could be attached to try to enforce the judgment and obtain compensation.


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