Were you or a loved one injured because of the intentional actions of another person that caused you personal injuries? An intentional tort happens when another individual causes harm to another individual or their property. The perpetrator who causes such an action can be held liable for the resulting damages if one important element is met: the person had intent to do the action. Although the perpetrator may not have intended to cause the resulting damages, they must have had the intent to cause the act that ultimately resulted in the harm.
If you believe you have suffered an intentional injury, the legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm will take the time to properly evaluate your case to determine whether you have a case. We may be able to help you to recover financial damages for any resulting physical, emotional or financial harm you may have suffered.What Are the Most Common Intentional Injury Cases?
There are a variety of different types of intentional cases that may justify bringing a personal injury claim against the perpetrator, including:
- Assault and battery: The person makes you fear physical harm, or intentionally and without your permission physically contacts you.
- False imprisonment: Someone intentionally prevents you from moving about as you please.
- Conversion: Someone steals your property.
- Fraud: This essentially means lying. In court, it must be shown that the speaker knew he said something about you that was false.
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress: Someone engaged in outrageous conduct and intended to frighten you, which caused emotional distress.
- Defamation, slander and libel: Someone makes untrue statements about you that causes you harm. If it is oral, the term is slander. If the words are written, it is called libel.
Clearly, many intentional torts or injuries can also be categorized as a crime. However, there is a subtle difference between the two. An intentional tort or injury may result in a civil suit. This is where a personal injury lawsuit is brought by one person against another person for monetary compensation.
A criminal act results in a different outcome. A criminal proceeding is brought by the state against someone who allegedly violated a law. Such cases are not about financial restitution to the victim. What is at stake is protecting the public and punishing the guilty for breaking a law.
A good example is battery. This is both an intentional tort/injury and a crime. Someone accused of battery can be both civilly and criminally liable. In a criminal proceeding, the state prosecutors will bring a suit with the possible outcome of jail time if the perpetrator is convicted of the crime. Regardless of the outcome, the victim of the battery can also file a civil lawsuit against perpetrator to seek money damages for the harm caused.Personal Injury Attorneys With A Track Record
If you think you or a loved one might have been harmed by the purposeful or intentional action of another person, you should consult with an attorney at the Nourmand Law Firm as you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.