What are intentional torts?

If you have suffered a personal injury, harm or damage to property caused by another who acted 'on purpose,' this could be classified as an intentional tort. Consider the following examples:

· Assault and Battery. These are often considered together, but they are two distinct types of intentional torts as well as crimes. Assault is the imminent apprehension that another person is about to cause harm to you. For example, if another person draws a knife during an argument, this could be considered assault. Actual injury is not required. However, in the same situation, if you are physically harmed, then you may have a claim for assault and battery. Battery is the actual offensive contact in this example.

· False imprisonment. If your freedom is intentionally restricted by another, this may lead to a civil and criminal case of false imprisonment.

· Defamation. Libel and slander are two types of defamation that fall under the classification of intentional (or quasi-intentional) torts. If another person has intentionally published a written statement (libel) or made a verbal statement (slander) that caused damage to your reputation, this may be considered an intentional tort. The standards for this type of civil lawsuit vary, and you should contact our office for a consultation.

· Wrongful Death. If the intentional (or negligent) acts of another have caused injuries that resulted in death, there may be legitimate claims for a lawsuit.

· Fraud. Deceptive actions commit by one party for personal gain or for the purpose of damaging another can fall under the classification of intentional torts.

Contact our office with any questions you may have about intentional torts.

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