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Unfortunately, we live in a world where violence persists in various forms. Domestic and sexualized violence, once shrouded in silence, is more often now being exposed, challenged, and met with a call for justice. But the stigma surrounding domestic abuse and violence can often make it difficult for survivors to learn about their options, and to take action against their abusers. 

At Hammerco, we see the immediate and lasting impact of assault injuries on our clients’ lives. From physical injuries, such as broken bones, cuts, and bruises, to emotional and psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

In British Columbia, if you have been injured in an assault, you have legal options to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. It’s also important to note that in Canada there are no limitation periods in cases of assault in the context of a dependent relationship, or where the victim is a minor. It’s not too late to come forward and tell your story.

In Canada, a person commits assault when 

  • without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that person, directly or indirectly; 
  • he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
  • while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.

Assault can be committed by anyone. Strangers, friends, family members, or intimate partners. In addition to criminal charges, assault victims may also have the option to sue their assailant in civil court for damages.

If you have been assaulted, there are several steps you can take to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries:

  • Seek medical attention: If you have been physically injured, seek medical attention right away. Even if you do not have visible injuries, it is important to get checked out by a medical professional. 
  • Report the assault to the police: The police will investigate the assault and may lay criminal charges. 
  • Document the assault: Take photos of any injuries or damage, write down everything you remember about the assault, and get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Contact a lawyer: An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the legal process. 

At Hammerco, we have experience helping clients who have been injured in assaults. We understand the impact that assault injuries can have on your life and are committed to helping you recover the compensation you need to move forward. 

As for legal fees, we take claims on a contingency basis, which means all costs are deferred until the case is won, and there are no fees for cases that do not reach a settlement.

If you have been injured in an assault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. It is important to act quickly and seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the support and compensation you deserve.

If you are in need of immediate crisis assistance, VictimLinkBC staff provide emotional and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence and have a 24/7 helpline.

We’re here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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