A tort is any act that wrongs an individual or entity and thus breaches civil duty. It is important to note that there are differences between breaches of civil duty and crimes. A crime is prosecuted by the state in a criminal case, whereas a tort is prosecuted by the wronged individual or entity in a civil case. An intentional tort is just what it sounds like—any breach of civil duty where the defendant had the intent to cause harm.
While the majority of torts that are handled in court are due to negligence (i.e. medical malpractice due to negligence on the part of the doctor, or a product that is dangerous because of the negligence of the product’s manufacturer) , an intentional tort is not attributed to negligence but to intentionality. For this reason, it is far likelier that the victim of an intentional tort will be granted punitive damages, or payment that goes beyond merely compensation for the damage done.
Common Intentional Torts
Some of the most common examples of intentional torts involve instances of:
- Assault and / or battery
- False imprisonment
- Invasion of privacy
If you would like to learn more about intentional torts or if you would like to discuss your particular case, contact us today. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are committed to helping accident victims pursue the compensation they need for a variety of different cases. Call one of our Denver intentional tort lawyers today at (303)423-1770 for more information.