Thank you for your reply, Earl,
If I were in your position, I would ask for a lot more money, much more than the $6,000 you mentioned because first and foremost, this is an assault and he deserves to have criminal charges filed against him. You should file these charges as soon as possible because many times, when an individual waits too long to go to the police, the police will not believe that the assault was serious enough. Furthermore, if you have bruises from this assault, you would want the police to see the bruises first hand and to take pictures of your bruises. Nothing speaks louder than pictures taken by the police. You, also, should immediately take pictures before they heal.
You should then go to your doctor, so that if a medical report becomes necessary to your case, your physician will be able to furnish you with a medical report from his first hand observation of your injuries.
Simultaneously with going to see your doctor, you should also consult with an attorney with experience in personal injury litigation. Your former employer will know you are serious and that your injuries are serious enough for you to have gone to your doctor, as well as consulting with a lawyer.
When you have taken all of the above steps and the police will have arrested him and charged him with assault and battery and possibly aggravated assault, you and your lawyer will be in the best position to negotiate a settlement with the former employer. Depending on how large the company is and how important the aggressor is to the company, I would start the negotiations at about $125,000 to $135,000, then settle for possibly $110,000. However, I would not settle for less than $100,000. The former employer will be in a more receptive mood to a settlement if it means avoiding a possible jail sentence.
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