When Can You Sue After Being Assaulted?

suing after youve been assaulted

Being assaulted is both physically and psychologically traumatic. Faced with medical bills, missed wages, and emotional damages, you might be wondering who’s going to pay for all of these losses. The most obvious choice would be the very person who did this to you. But how easy is it to sue someone who assaulted you? How much money can you receive? What is the best way to pursue justice if you find yourself in this scenario?

Your first step should always be to get in touch with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in upstate New York. These legal professionals can guide you towards a fair, adequate level of compensation for everything you’ve been forced to endure. With help from these attorneys, you can hold negligent parties accountable and move on from this traumatic event. Remember, internet research can only get you so far — while a one-on-one consultation with an attorney provides you with targeted advice.

Can I Sue My Attacker?

Yes, you can sue the person who assaulted you in civil court — regardless of whether they were actually charged with a crime, convicted, or sentenced. The question is whether it’s actually worth it to do this. If the individual in question doesn’t have access to large sums of money, they cannot pay you the settlement you need and deserve to pay for your medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred. If they don’t have the money, then there’s really no point in suing them.

Other Options When Suing for Assault

Another option is to sue a third party whose negligence directly led to your assault. For example, you might have been assaulted at a bar while the bouncers simply stood there and watched you suffer harm. Or perhaps the bar neglected to hire security at all. The same logic applies to casinos, pubs (2), restaurants (1), and all other establishments of a certain type or character that attracts criminals. A good rule of thumb is that if money and liquor are flowing freely, then security is needed.

But why would you sue a third party rather than the actual individual who committed the assault? Simple: the third party likely has insurance, which means that they can pay you a settlement that reflects the true extent of your damages. Establishments and companies are generally much more financially stable than violent criminals who assault random people in public.

Where Can I Find an Attorney Near Me?

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in upstate New York, look no further than The Stanley Law Offices, LLP. Working together means we work to get you the maximum award available for your case. Being assaulted is traumatic, and it can also result in significant economic losses. With our help, you can get all the compensation you need to cover both economic and non-economic damages. Book your FREE consultation today either zoom or in person, to get started with an effective action plan. We’ll be there, for you.


  1. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/watch-customers-trash-nyc-restaurant-during-tirade-over-french-fries-toppings-charge/3765637/
  2. https://13wham.com/news/local/rpd-bar-fight-leads-to-citys-44th-homicide

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