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Intentional Acts

Intentional acts— or intentional torts, as they are known in a court of law— are defined as a harmful act committed willingly against another individual. Those who committed the intentional act may be liable for any damages associated with the act, and these individuals have knowingly committed some civil wrong in the eyes of the law and the community.

A broad spectrum of intentional acts exists, and these incidents run the gamut from damage of person property to rape, assault or wrongful death. The victims of intentional acts may be entitled to compensatory damages based on the traumatizing events they have endured and the years of suffering they are facing if the act was of an extremely violent or harmful nature.

Cases of intentional acts can sometimes be difficult to prove due to the number of factors that may be involved, but the compensation a victim receives in the event of a settlement or successful verdict is known as punitive damages, and they may be awarded to cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress that the victim endured as a result of the act.

The legal team of Jonathon Perkins Injury Lawyers has experience in personal injury law and understands that the days and weeks following an intentional act can be some of the most stressful and confusing that an individual may ever face. We can help guide you through the litigation process while your life returns to normal, and you and your loved ones can rest easy knowing that your case is being handled by competent legal professionals.

To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the top right-hand-side of this page. It is always 100% FREE, without any obligation to proceed and the details of your case will always remain confidential.

Types of Intentional Acts

The opposite of an intentional act is a negligent act, which means an individual behaves carelessly, causing harm or injury to another individual or their personal property. An intentional act is done with purpose and sometimes with forethought, whereas a negligent act could be categorized as a mistake. Any injury or damage that occurs as a result of an intentional act happened because it was intended to happen.

Ranging from the inconvenient to the malicious, some of the most common types of intentional acts include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Damage to property
  • False imprisonment
  • Fraud, or misrepresentation
  • Infliction of emotional distress
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Trespassing
  • Wrongful death
  • …and many others.

In court, it is crucial that the willful and malicious intent of the individual who committed the act be proved which is why it is important to seek representation from a litigator who is knowledgeable of intentional tort law.

Injuries Associated with Intentional Acts

The injuries a victim incurs during an intentional act can vary with the severity or type of act that is committed against them. Violent crimes such as rape or assault will produce much more traumatizing injuries than the damage of personal property or trespassing, but nevertheless, they all cause injury by their very definition.

The following are a few of the most typical injuries associated with intentional acts:

  • Anxiety
  • Death
  • Damage to personal property
  • Depression
  • Feelings of violation or loss of privacy
  • Lost wages or time spent recovering
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical, bodily injury
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • …to name a few.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of an intentional tort case is the lasting trauma that can be done to the body and psyche of the victim. In the case of mental or emotional distress, the symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety may not be readily apparent to the victim’s friends and family, and if the victim does not seek help on their own, they could begin a downward slide into suicidal thoughts or actions, or lose direction and motivation to live life the way they once did.

If you or someone you love is suffering from injuries that resulted because of an intentional act, seek legal representation to learn what recourse you have to bring justice to the wrongdoer and gain vital compensation to help you pay for hospital bills or rehabilitative services and other costs that you may have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Contact our Connecticut Intentional Act Lawyers

Every personal injury lawyer at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is dedicated to fighting for your rights and obtaining the MAXIMUM compensation benefits that you may be entitled to.

With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we have the knowledge and resources to handle your lawsuit, having won millions of dollars in settlement verdicts for our clients in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut.

Put The Power of Perkins to work for you today – call us for a free initial consultation at 1-800-PERKINS . (Outside of Connecticut, call 203-397-1283.) We have intake staff ready to take your call and they will connect you with one of our attorneys after quickly obtaining some basic information about your incident – it’s that easy.

To get started now, simply fill out the form at the top of this page – it’s 100% FREE.


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