Intentional Torts

Learn about the laws governing civil claims brought by victims of assault, battery, and other intentional acts.

An intentional tort occurs when one person's intentional conduct causes harm to another person. Unlike most personal injury claims which are based on negligence, intentional torts – which often include criminal consequences in addition to the civil claim – are not caused by “accidents” or carelessness, but rather, an intended act. Common cases include assault and battery, sexual crimes, false arrest and imprisonment, and more.

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