A physical assault can leave you severely injured, and your attacker does not need a gun or other deadly weapon to do it. Even with prompt emergency medical treatment, you could be left with lifelong disabilities that limit your independence and quality of life, not to mention the emotional trauma of surviving a violent attack.

When the person who assaulted you escapes without being held legally accountable, your healing process can feel incomplete. Even as you recover from your injuries and adjust to your new physical and mental abilities, you still must pay your medical bills and make up your lost wages — things your attacker is responsible for under Georgia’s personal injury law. But you cannot seek compensation from the person who hurt you if you cannot find them.

Fugitive discovered in Atlanta

In one case, it took about a year and a half, but the man accused of a horrific 2018 assault against a woman was recently found and arrested in Atlanta. Authorities say a pair of anonymous tips helped them find the man. The tips came in after the case was featured on a television show about criminal fugitives.

The assault occurred in Texas, with the man accused of beating the woman, his girlfriend at the time, so badly that she had two brain bleeds as well as multiple broken bones in her face. She was discovered unconscious in a pool of blood.

Her current health condition is not mentioned in an article about the case. Given the severity of her injuries, it is possible that she is living with severe brain injuries that limit her abilities and force her to depend on others for her daily needs.

A form of legal justice for crime victims

If you or a loved one is in a similar situation after being the victim of violence, pursuing a civil court claim can help you get compensation for the financial burden associated with your injuries. It can also help you and your family feel that justice has been served.