Has a family or household member ever hit, burned, stabbed, or otherwise harmed you? If so, you may be the victim of a domestic abuse battery. Louisiana law under La. R.S. 14:35.3 defines domestic abuse battery as “the intentional use of force or violence committed by one household member or family member upon the person of another household member or family member.” Based on LA Rev Stat. 14:35.3, if you have suffered domestic abuse by a family or household member, that individual may be prosecuted in a criminal case. However, if you suffered injuries, physical or emotional, you could also sue for your personal injuries even if your family or household member was not prosecuted.
In Louisiana, according to LA Civ Code Art. 2315.8, you may be awarded general, special, and exemplary damages if you sue for your injuries and prove that they were caused by a wanton and reckless disregard for your rights and safety through acts of domestic abuse that resulted in serious bodily injury or severe emotional and mental distress to you. Again, the law allows you to pursue your cause of action regardless of whether your abuser was prosecuted for his or her acts.
Even if you do not want to see your family or household member criminally prosecuted, you can pursue them civilly to recover your damages. You may be able to recover your medical bills based on your treatment for your physical injuries. Additionally, you may be able to recover your therapy bills based on your treatment for your emotional injuries as well. Moreover, you may be able to receive exemplary damages specifically meant to punish the offender for their actions. Suffering domestic abuse can leave you feeling isolated and alone, but you have options. If you want to explore your options, you should call a Louisiana personal injury attorney to discuss the matter.
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Not all personal injuries result from accidents. The effects of wanton and reckless acts by family or household members may feel like an "insult to injury" because family is supposed to love and protect you - not hurt you. You have endured enough and should not have to bear the burden or the expense of damages that were caused by the wanton and reckless disregard for you and your safety. Let the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams review your case and determine whether you have a viable cause of action. We are experienced personal injury attorneys dedicated to fighting for our clients and seeking necessary relief for them.
If you, a friend, or a family member want to know if you have a viable personal injury case based on domestic abuse battery, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are a Louisiana personal injury law firm and represent clients throughout the state. We are zealous advocates.
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