When a civil, harmful act is committed willfully and knowingly, that act is considered an Intentional Act— otherwise known as Intentional Tort— and the person or persons who committed the act are liable for the damage caused to the victim or victims’ property or person.
Intentional acts range from the inconvenient to the severely traumatizing and the victims of intentional acts may have the right to recover compensation for the harm and stress they have endured as a result.
Typically, the damages recovered from intentional act claims are greater than those that result in cases of negligence. Those who have been the victim of an intentional act may receive punitive damages, however, cases of intentional acts can be more difficult to prove, as there are many factors that contribute to the case, and the intent to commit the act must be proven.
Because of this, it is vital that the victims of intentional acts seek legal counsel that is skilled in the arena of intentional acts, or intentional tort law.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of an intentional act, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact our intentional act attorney by filling out the “Free Case Review” form— it’s 100% FREE and without obligation.
Types of Intentional Acts
Intentional acts differ from acts of negligence in that they are committed willfully, knowingly, and— regardless of any precautions that may have been taken, the act was committed with the intent to cause the injuries or damages that the victim or victims sustained.
Some of the most common types of intentional acts include:
- wrongful death
- Damage to property
- Fraud, or misrepresentation
- False imprisonment
- Infliction of emotional distress
- Invasion of privacy
- …to name a few.
In instances of intentional acts, it is critical to prove that the person or persons who committed the act had the intent to inflict the injuries sustained by the victim or victims. Litigators well-versed in intentional tort law will be comfortable approaching the case from the standpoint of proving intent and in representing their client with the power that a deep knowledge and understanding of intentionally harmful acts can bring to the courtroom.
Injuries Associated with Intentional Acts
Various injuries and damages can occur as a result of an intentional act. Violent intentional acts can produce a host of injuries that may be incalculable in their depth and breadth. The following injuries are those most commonly associated with intentional acts:
- Physical, bodily injury
- Damage to personal property
- Severe emotional distress
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or time spent recovering
- Feelings of violation or loss of privacy
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- …and so many others.
What is most disturbing about the implications of an intentional act may be the amount of mental trauma and emotional havoc that the victim or victims can endure as a result of their experience.
The symptoms of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, or PTSD— which can all arise from the trauma caused by an intentional act— can be difficult to identify if the victim does not seek help from a mental health professional, which is equally as important as tending to physical wounds.
Intentional acts can cause their victims a great deal of harm, in both the short term and long-term scenarios following the event.
Experienced litigators can provide the guidance and assistance necessary to recover the punitive damages owed to you or a loved one, if you have been the victim of an intentional act.
Florida Intentional Act Attorneys
The 180+ years of experience that the attorneys of Gordon & Doner will bring to your intentional act case ensure that a skilled and compassionate litigator will fight for the rights of you or your loved one.
Our firm represents the injured and we fight for the people, not the powerful. Experiencing the damaging effects of an intentional act can be a scarring and terrifying experience, and the attorneys at Gordon & Doner will guide you through the legal process efficiently and intelligently.
Gordon & Doner has offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Davie, FL. In addition to those cities, we proudly serve the following areas:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Jupiter/ Tequesta
- West Palm Beach
- …and most other surrounding towns and areas.
The effects of an intentional act can be traumatic and long lasting, and there’s no need to suffer in silence or without competent representation.
To find out how Gordon & Doner can help you understand your rights and bring the responsible parties to justice, call us nationwide at 1 (855) 722-2552.
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