What Is a Tort?

When a person commits a wrongful act against another in a way that infringes the rights of the victim, it is referred to as a tort. A legal remedy for a tort is brought through a personal injury case. Personal injury cases are broken down into three categories:
  • Intentional torts
  • Negligence
  • Strict liability
If you have been injured as the result of a tort and believe that you have a personal injury claim, you can contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at our firm today. We can help you investigate your claim and help you fight for your rights.

What Is An Intentional Tort?

As a Salt Lake City UT, personal injury lawyer can explain, an intentional tort occurs when someone intentionally commits a wrong against another person (i.e., a victim). This means that the person who causes the injury to the victim had a particular state of mind (i.e., an intention) to cause harm to the victim when the wrong was committed. Intentional torts can take a number of different forms, including:
  • Assault: An assault occurs when a person threatens to cause injury to another or commits an attempted battery
  • Aggravated Assault: Aggravated assault occurs when someone commits an assault, either in a public place (such as a sporting event), commits the assault against a specific class of victim (i.e., a teaches, peace officer, correctional officer, etc.), or uses a weapon to commit the assault,
  • Battery: Battery occurs when a person causes bodily harm to another without legal justification.
  • Aggravated Battery: Aggravated battery occurs when a person commits a battery, and also causes great bodily harm or disfigurement or causes severe or permanent disability, under
  • Defamation. a person cannot commit slander or libel against another.
  • False Imprisonment: False imprisonment occurs when someone prevents a victim from leaving somewhere.
  • Fraud. When someone intentionally lies or misleads another, with the intention of tricking the victim, for financial gain, it is fraud.
  • Trespassing: In some cases of trespassing, the perpetrator’s actions are intentional.
Being a victim of an intentional tort can be traumatic, but if you are injured by the intentional actions of another, there is the likelihood that you are entitled to financial compensation for the harm that you have suffered. You are likely eligible to obtain damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering, from your personal injury case. Call Rasmussen & Miner to meet with a Salt Lake City UT personal injury lawyer.