Legally speaking, a tort is any civil wrong where someone’s negligent or reckless actions cause an injury or harm to another party. Personal injury law deals with all types of actions, ranging from car accidents to slip and fall accidents and even faulty product cases, where one innocent party is injured by the other due to his or her negligent actions. In addition to these types of cases, there are also intentional torts where the negligent party’s actions are considered especially reckless and intentional.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a personal injury case due to someone else’s negligent actions and you believe he or she acted intentionally, you may be able to take legal action and recover both compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. For more information about your legal options, contact the San Diego personal injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123 and schedule a free consultation.
Examples of Intentional Torts
In intentional tort cases, plaintiffs can recover additional compensation to further punish the defendant. This is referred to as punitive damages and can be awarded if the defendant’s actions were intentional. Some common examples of these actions include the following:
- Invasion of privacy
- Assault and battery
- False imprisonment
It is important to remember that the defendant only had to act intentionally to recover punitive damages. He or she didn’t have to intend to cause you harm for it to be considered an intentional tort.
To learn more about the possibility of recovering punitive damages in an intentional tort case, contact a San Diego personal injury attorney of Ritter & Associates at (619) 296-0123 today.