The majority of personal injury cases involve some form of negligence, where the defendant inadvertently causes injury to another. The key in these types of cases is that the injury was caused unintentionally; the defendant is still liable for any injuries that they have caused, but they are only civilly liable, rather than criminal liability. However, if, for example, someone assaults you, it is relatively clear that they would be criminally liable for their actions. Many people do not realize, however, that if you incur medical expenses as a result of these actions, that person is also civilly liable.
However, proving that an action taken was “intentional” is often difficult, as it involves inherently subjective matters such as the defendant’s state of mind. As such, it is important to contact an experienced Indianapolis intentional tort lawyer who can help guide you through the legal process.
Types of Intentional Torts
Two of the most common types of intentional torts are assault and battery, which are similar offenses involving harm or the threat of harm against another. Slander and libel, the intentional dissemination of false, harmful information is another type of intentional tort, as are other offenses such as false imprisonment or infliction of emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an intentional tort such as assault, battery, slander, libel, false imprisonment, or intentional infliction of emotional distress, contact the Indianapolis intentional tort lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565, and we will evaluate your case.