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Common injuries caused by assault

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Personal Injury

In a nutshell, assault is an unwanted act of violence toward another person. Assaults vary in their severity, but they can cause serious injuries. 

Not only is assault a criminal act in Hawaii, but perpetrators can be held liable in the civil courts. Outlined below are some of the most common injuries associated with assault. 

Cuts and lacerations 

For the most part, violent assaults are generally directed toward the victim’s head and facial area. The skin on the face and head is quite thin, and it can be broken easily. Cuts and lacerations from being punched and kicked can be quite deep, and they may require stitches and could result in permanent scarring. 

Bone fractures 

Another injury associated with assaults is facial fractures. One of the most exposed areas is the nose. The nose can be fractured with just one blow. Not only is this extremely painful, but there can be long-term complications. The nose may be deformed and the victim may go on to develop breathing difficulties. 

As well as the nose, the orbital bones and the teeth and jaw are also susceptible to fractures during an assault. The victim may need to undergo dental treatment and surgery to repair the damage. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) 

Just one blow to the head can result in a concussion and more serious TBIs. Sadly, most assaults involve more than one blow to the head, which puts the victim in serious danger. In some cases, the victim will go on to develop a bleed on the brain or other serious internal injuries, which can be life-threatening. 

If you have been injured during an assault, then you may be able to hold the perpetrator to account for your financial losses and pain and suffering. Seeking as much legal information as possible will help with your case.