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Everett K. Chandler, Esq.
Attorney and Counseler at Law

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What must a plaintiff prove to recover for an assault or battery?

The terms assault and battery are often erroneously used interchangeably. However, they are not the same things. An assault can be defined as the threat to use unlawful force to inflict bodily injury upon another. The threat, which must be believed to be imminent, must cause reasonable apprehension in the plaintiff. Therefore, where the defendant has threatened some use of force, creating an apprehension in the plaintiff, an assault has occurred. The focus, for the purpose of determining whether a particular act is an assault, must be upon the reasonableness of the plaintiff's reaction.