Intentional Torts

A tort is a private or civil wrong or injury for which courts will provide a remedy.  An intentional tort is one in which the actor is expressly or impliedly judged to have possessed intent or purpose to injure.  Many people are injured by the acts or negligence of others.  Some injuries are the result of accidents and others are due to unintentional acts.  When an actor knew or should have known that a particular act could or would result in harm to others, the act is often termed an intentional tort.  Examples of intentional torts include assault, battery, conversion, false imprisonment, trespass to land, trespass to chattels (personal property), intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, invasion of privacy, and public disclosure of private facts.  Many intentional torts have criminal law analogues.  For instance, there is both a civil cause of action for sex assault, as well as a criminal charge that can be filed for sex assault. It is critical that persons harmed by others get legal counsel quickly regarding their rights and responsibilities because many intentional torts carry a one-year statute of limitations.  This means that a plaintiff has only one year from the date of injury or discovery of harm to file a lawsuit to recover damages. Attorneys must be skilled in determining what legal theories to rely upon in bringing tort actions because many insurance policies exclude coverage for intentional torts.  So, by pleading claims of intentional torts rather than pleading unintentional torts, an attorney might cause his client to lose the ability to collect from deep-pocketed insurance companies. Bergford Law Group stands prepared to evaluate your most important legal issues and decisions and to provide the legal counsel you need to make your next steps the correct ones.  You can also count on us to negotiate and litigate your legal claims in a respectful, professional, and assertive manner.