I was assaulted on November 15, 2003 by a "national kick-boxing champion'. He kicked me first on my left side, just under my armpit, with the side of his foot so it impacted the entire length of my ribcage; that still hurts every time I move, breathe, sit down, etc. Several weeks later, my right side started hurting, so I had X-rays done again and they showed that my ribs were broken in the center of my chest. What I don't understand is how the hit to my left side, which didn't break bones, can hurt more, last longer and not even show a bruise on my skin. This is serious b/c Canadian law won't charge him with more than common assault unless he caused a "skin lesion or the breaking of bones". I believe that he (aside from breaking my centre ribs, which was found after the fact) caused bruising to my ribs which REALLY HURTS. Bruising of a bone does show on X-rays, and it should be included in the criteria which identify an "assault causing bodily harm".
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