There are two types of personal injury cases: negligent torts and intentional torts. Torts are simply acts of wrongdoing. Negligent torts happen when an injury was caused by the careless actions of another. With intentional torts, injuries occurred because of a purposeful act by someone else. Both types may be the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.

Common Intentional Torts

Intentional torts are those which are caused by someone who intended harm. Some of the most common intentional torts include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Trespassing
  • False Imprisonment

These are all examples of harm that occurred because of someone else’s purposeful act. Their actions rise above the level of carelessness because they knew their actions were harmful and they intended to hurt someone.

Criminal Actions

Many times, intentional tortes may result in criminal charges. For example, someone may be charged with assault and battery and face criminal prosecution. Because the act seriously injured someone, the victim could seek damages from the perpetrator. Many criminal actions may also be classified as personal injury cases. Both actions are separate from one another. It is important to note that even if a person is found not guilty of a criminal act, he may still be responsible or liable for the injuries and therefore could still face a personal injury lawsuit.

Seeking Legal Action

Anytime someone’s injuries are caused by another, there is a potential for legal action. The victim of harm is entitled to seek compensation for the expenses caused by the injury. Medical costs may be extremely expensive and ongoing treatment may be required. When the injuries are permanent or disabling, the victim may need lifelong care.  If you or a relative suffered an injury because of the intentional or criminal actions of someone else, you may be eligible to file a claim. Discuss the injury with a knowledgeable attorney to learn more.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Intentional Torts, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.