The word “battery” comes from the Latin “battuere” meaning “to beat.” In a legal sense, battery occurs when a perpetrator willfully touches or uses force against a person without his or her consent. The act of battery must include actual physical contact between the perpetrator and the victim or to an object connected to the victim. Throwing an object which strikes another individual is a clear case of battery. An example of battery in which there is no actual touching of the victim would be knocking a tray full of food out of another’s hands.

Battery isn’t just an act punishable in criminal court. By filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court, you might be able to recoup some of the damages you suffered as a result of the attack. For more information, please call Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. at (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free consultation.