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If you have been the victim of assault and battery in South Carolina and suffered a serious injury, not only does the perpetrator face criminal charges, but you also have the right to file a civil lawsuit against him/her. One of the most important steps you must take to recover damages is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer for your case.

At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we are committed to helping you recover your entitled compensation. Our legal team can investigate the incident, collect and analyze evidence, and maximize the financial compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to let us fight for you while you heal from your injury.

Call (803) 359-3301 or fill out our online contact form today to request a free case evaluation.

Assault & Battery in South Carolina

In general, assault means causing imminent fear of harm against someone, while battery is the actual harm the victim sustains. While many states consider assault and battery as separate offenses, South Carolina law links them together.

The following are the four types of assault and battery charges in SC:

  • Assault and battery in the third degree – Also known as “simple assault,” this offense occurs when a person unlawfully injures or attempts to injury someone else.

  • Assault and battery in the second degree – This offense occurs when a person unlawfully injures or attempt to injure someone else, and the victim suffers moderate bodily injury (i.e., loss of consciousness, temporary or moderate disfigurement, temporary loss of body function or organ, injury that results in a fracture or dislocation, or injury that results in medical treatment and anesthesia).

  • Assault and battery in the first degree – This offense occurs when a person unlawful injures someone else by means likely to produce great bodily injury or death, or happened during the commission of theft, burglary, robbery, or kidnapping.

  • Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature – This offense occurs when a person unlawful injures someone else, and causes great bodily injury (i.e., an injury that causes a substantial risk of death, permanent disfigurement, and protracted loss or impairment of bodily function or organ) or there is a presence of a weapon. This is considered a lesser offense of attempted murder.

Third-degree and second-degree assault and battery are considered misdemeanors, while first-degree and aggravated assault and battery are felonies. A conviction can result in a lengthy jail or prison sentence, costly fines, and a criminal record.

Pursuing Compensation for Assault & Battery

Assaults can occur in any location, whether it’s at a bar, sporting event, school, or even work. Victims of assault and battery typically suffer serious injuries that result in substantial physical anguish and emotional trauma.

Common types of damages include:

  • Past and future medical expenses

  • Lost income and reduced earning potential

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

If you suffered an injury after being attacked at a place of business, not only may you be able to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator, but you can also sue the business owner or manager for negligent security. Property owners in South Carolina have a duty of care to ensure the premises are safe for guests. Since certain businesses are vulnerable to crimes, they must have property security measures in place.

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Our firm is ready to protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. Let us examine your case, figure out all your legal options, and obtain the most favorable outcome in court.

Contact us today at (803) 359-3301 to discuss your case with our Columbia assault injury attorneys.

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