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Grand Rapids MI personal injury lawyerMany people are aware of the ability to recover compensation for damages related to car accident injuries, whether through insurance or a personal injury claim against the negligent party. However, you may be unsure of what to do if you are injured because of someone’s intentional actions, such as assault or battery. Is it enough to press criminal charges, or should you also file a civil claim for compensation? An experienced attorney can help you answer that question and determine the best course of action.

Restitution vs. Compensatory Damages in Michigan

In Michigan, assault and battery are both criminal offenses. Assault is defined as threatening or attempting to cause bodily harm to another person, while battery is defined as intentionally causing bodily harm. If a person is convicted of assault or battery committed against you, the court may order them to pay you restitution for your medical care and rehabilitation, lost income, and other costs related to the injuries you have suffered.

However, even if you decide to press criminal charges against the person who caused your injuries, there is no guarantee that they will be convicted, which means there is no guarantee of restitution, either. For this reason, it is often a good idea to file a civil personal injury claim whether or not there are pending criminal charges. A personal injury lawsuit may help you recover compensation more quickly, and a successful settlement or verdict ensures that you receive compensation even if the person is not convicted. However, keep in mind that a criminal court will not award restitution for damages that you have already been compensated for in a civil case, or vice versa.

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