| Added On April 13, 2011
Personal injury lawyers are accustomed to handling all types of personal injury claims. We specialize in helping plaintiffs recover for their injuries and holding responsible parties accountable for their actions. If you are interested in discussing your options with respect to a personal injury lawsuit, we would love to speak with you!
There are a multiplicity of legal concepts under which one might sue the responsible party. The majority of personal injury cases are decided under what is known as negligence law. This type of standard looks to see if the defendant has breached his duty of due care with respect to you, the plaintiff, and if so, to what extent must he compensate you. Negligent defendants usually cause harm to the plaintiff by accident or through carelessness. They did not intent to harm the particular plaintiff nor were they acting maliciously when they did so.
However, sometimes a personal injury will be inflicted upon a plaintiff on purpose and with intent. These types of injuries are known as intentional torts and the court will take a very dim view of any defendant who commits acts against plaintiffs on purpose. The following are the intentional torts under which you could recover if you have been recently victimized.
- Assault: Assault is an intentional tort that holds a defendant liable if he created an unreasonable apprehension of imminent bodily harm in the mind of the plaintiff. This type of action comes about when the defendant sets out to scare or cause fear in the mind of the plaintiff that he is about to hurt him. If the defendant tries to hurt the plaintiff and misses or otherwise does not complete the task, he could still be liable for assault.
- Battery: The intentional tort of battery involves any situation whereby the defendant interferes with the plaintiff’s right to freedom from unreasonable and offensive touching. Batteries are those types of personal injuries which result from punches, stabs, gunshots or any other interference with bodily integrity.
- False Imprisonment: False imprisonment is the intentional tort that comes about when the defendant holds the plaintiff in an enclosed area against his will and he has no reasonable means of escape. If you have recently been victimized in this manner, we understand that it can be one of the scariest experiences of your life and you are right to seek compensation for your injuries.
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: This intentional tort deals with the situation whereby the defendant acts of speaks in a manner that is so extreme or outrageous that it actually causes the plaintiff to suffer distress for a time thereafter the event.
These preceding offenses are protected under the law of intentional torts. If you have suffered any one of these acts, please contact our offices today. If your personal injury was not the result of an intentional attack but is more of a negligent act, we would still love to hear from you!