507-218-2004

Violence is not an appropriate way to handle anger

As one of many adults in Minnesota, you've likely had your share of disagreements in life. Perhaps, you've argued with a spouse, friend or co-worker. Maybe you've even had a bad encounter with a stranger in a public place. It is not so much about the fact that you argued with someone that poses a problem but about how you argued, in particular what you did and whether violence occurred.

On the other hand, if someone gets angry at you and acts aggressively, you may be at great risk for injury. Assault is subject to criminal charges and penalties under conviction that may include jail time and substantial fines. A situation that occurred on a Sunday earlier this year is an example of anger gone wrong.

Who, what and where

Two young adults were reportedly interacting online when they began to argue. Rather than try to resolve the situation right then and there, it appears the 19-year-old man involved showed up at the 18-year-old young woman's home. Witnesses have given accounts as to the events that then unfolded. 

They claim the woman came out of her apartment and that the angry man flew at her in a rage. He was wielding a hammer and a knife. The man is said to have kicked the woman to the ground and then hit her in the head with the hammer.

What happened next?

Police were dispatched to the scene and at some point, they chased the man believed to have acted in violence through a local mall. When they caught up with him, he was sitting in a car, the same car in which police later said the found the hammer.

The blunt force trauma of a hit to the head with a hammer can cause temporary or permanent brain damage or, perhaps, even death. There is no reason you should have to bear the full brunt of medical expenses, lost wages due to time off work or any other economic loss associated with such an incident. That is why the law allows you to file a personal injury claim against anyone who treats you with violence and causes you to suffer injury.

Take one step at a time

If you suffer injury because of someone's violence, you'll need a lot of rest during recovery. You may also need to rely on daily support to help you function, including an experienced personal injury attorney who can address any legal issues that arise. 

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