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IL injury lawyerAlthough the terms “assault” and “battery” typically go hand in hand, they are actually two separate crimes under Illinois law. Assault is when someone knowingly engages in conduct that places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Battery is when a person knowingly causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature. In other words, assault is the threat of harm, while battery involves actual physical contact. These offenses are different from other personal injuries that result from a negligent party since they are intentional. Therefore, in addition to the criminal case, a victim of assault and/or battery can pursue a civil case against his or her alleged perpetrator.

Damages for Assault and Battery

It is important to note that it is not necessary for a defendant to be convicted in a criminal trial for a victim to file a civil claim against him or her. As long as the plaintiff suffered damages because of the defendant’s wrongful actions, he or she can file a civil lawsuit. According to the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act, victims of violent crimes such as assault and battery can receive up to $27,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses. Proof of some of these costs can include receipts for doctor visits or copies of medical records.

Below are a few examples of the damages a victim can seek for pain and suffering after an assault and battery:

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Park Ridge Bar Fight Injuries LawyerSeptember is a unique time for Chicago area sports fans. The baseball season has reached its home stretch, the NBA preseason is just around the corner, and, most notably, both college and pro football have begun. With so much action happening, sports fans are fired up.

At local bars, it can be hard to stick to just one of the many massive flat screen TVs showing games. All too often, a peaceful viewing experience can be difficult to find on big game days. Sports are all about rivalries, and due to conflicting allegiances, both regionally and nationally, the atmosphere in sports bars can become tense – hostile, even – when rival fans are present.

Often, disputes arise during close games, and the presence of alcohol only serves to escalate tensions, providing the “fire to the fuse” in these conflicts. Whether in a bar, at a tailgate, or at home, alcohol is all-pervasive when it comes to sports viewing. Because games can last for several hours, including the pre-game run-up, it is not uncommon for a significant number of drinks to be consumed. Heated rivalries plus alcohol plus the viewing of often violent on-the-field conduct creates a recipe for conflict that can and does result in fighting. As such, it is important to know what to do and where to turn if you have been injured in an altercation.

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