Chandler police arrested Zachary Snyder for aggravated assault and domestic violence after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in front of her three children. According to the report, the 19 year-old used mixed martial arts moves on her after she “disrespected him.” Snyder learned these tactics from watching them on television.
According to the report Snyder tried to strangle the victim with her own shirt and his hands. He also sat on top of her and punched her multiple times in the face. Snyder allegedly told police that he intended for her to pass out for a few seconds. During the attack, the victim sustained a black eye, a broken nose, and was choked until she passed out.
In the United States, a woman is beaten every 9 seconds. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by their intimate partners each year, and require $4.1 million worth of medical and mental health services. It is estimated that 10 million children witness domestic violence each year.
Arizona law allows personal injury victims up to two years following their injuries to file their personal injury claims. Snyder’s girlfriend may file a civil lawsuit to collect the damages related to her medical bills and other expenses related to her injuries, including pain and suffering. If Snyder is convicted of a crime, she can seek restitution through the criminal proceedings; however, there are limits on the type of damages she can collect. She can collect damages related to her medical bills through the criminal proceedings, but she must file a civil lawsuit if she wants hedonic damages and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured by an intimate partner, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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