Can I sue someone if I have been in a fight in Richmond, Virginia?

Can I sue someone if I have been in a fight in Richmond, Virginia?

Beat Up Guy

“You should see the other guy.”


Under normal circumstances, a night out on the town in Richmond, Virginia can be both relaxing and uneventful. No matter how hard you try to avoid it or how civil you may be, you can find yourself involved in a physical altercation with someone over the last Black Friday TV or just someone who has had a little too much egg nog.

What can start out as a simple shove or punch can lead to injuries ranging from a black eye or contusion all the way through traumatic brain injury or death. From a legal standpoint, you may very well need a Richmond, Virginia personal injury to insure your rights are protected.

Despite the fact that it is illegal to assault and/or physically strike another person (See Va. Code ยง18.2-57), criminal charges are not required to be filed against any participant, for the person who has been assaulted or battered to be able to recover in civil court.

It is important to keep in mind, that not all injuries make a lawsuit winnable or even worth pursuing. The following considerations should be discussed with an experienced personal injury attorney in Richmond, Virginia, who can help you analyze the merits of any possible assault and/or battery claim:

  • When and where the altercation occurred;
  • The severity of your injuries;
  • What led to or who started the altercation;
  • The identity and availability of the other participants;
  • The evidence and witnesses you have to prove your claim.

If you have been injured in a physical altercation with another person, the personal injury attorneys at the Paullin Law Firm are happy to discuss the merits of your case and can be reached at (804) 423-7423.

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