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If Someone Slaps You, Can You Sue Them?

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What do you do if someone slaps you? Fortunately, you do not just have to stand there and take it. While it is not a good idea to slap them back, you do have legal options. Here is a look at some options so you can legally deal with the issue.

The Problem

The problem with being a victim of slapping is you will have to proof you suffered damages because you were slapped. Unfortunately, a sore cheek and a bruised ego is not going to get you any compensation for pain and suffering.

Slapping Someone is Battery

In general, it is against the law for one person to hit another person. It is also against the law for someone to touch another person without their consent. With these two scenarios in mind, it would also be against the law for someone to slap you across the face unless they had your permission to do so.

If a person causes you a recognizable amount of damage after intentionally slapping you, you can sue the person for battery. This is true regardless of how hard the person has slapped you. Since slapping does not tend to cause any physical harm, you would have to sue for financial compensation for emotional distress the attack caused.

Getting Slapped is a Big Deal

Despite the fact that getting slapped does not usually put you in any physical danger, it is not an act that should be brushed off as nothing. When a person is slapped it can cause them to suffer emotional anguish and mental distress. Being slapped can cause any of the following physical conditions:

  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Seizure

Even if you are not physically or mentally affected by being slapped, you could find yourself in a situation where you were financially affected by it. Imagine being in an important business meeting with a potential business partner when an angry employee slaps you across the face. The slap turns into a fight and the person you were in the meeting with decides they do not want to be your business partner. While the slap did not hurt you physically, it did cost you a lot of money.

If you were slapped in the face and it caused you emotional, physical, or financial harm, you do not have to just take it. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a case worth pursuing.