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Cases involving intentional torts in Gaithersburg, MD should be trusted to an experienced team, like the lawyers at Sussman & Simcox. A case of this nature involves any action against you that was intended to cause harm, whether physical or emotional. The person who committed the act against you is legally liable for any harm caused, meaning you could be entitled to damages to help you pay medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses which resulted from the incident. At Sussman & Simcox, we’re able to handle cases falling into this category. We’ll evaluate the situation and determine the best way to represent you in court. We’re honest and upfront with you at all times, and we’ll give you a fair assessment of your case early on, then let you decide on how to proceed. Call us today to discuss your case.
What is an Intentional Tort?
In common law jurisdictions, a tort is defined as a wrongful act or an infringement of a right which leads to civil legal liability. The distinction of an intentional tort is that the person committing the action set out to cause harm. Such as in a case where a person purposely hits your car with theirs. This is different from a negligent tort where the person was merely careless and caused you or your property harm. Such as in the case of a car accident caused by a distracted driver. The difference between intent and negligence can sometimes be subtle, but a plaintiff must prove intent to bring a case of intentional tort to the court. It’s important to note, intentional torts do not just pertain to vehicle accidents, but instead can take many forms. Any act causing harm, either physical, emotional, or financial, can be deemed an intentional tort. At Sussman & Simcox, we can handle intentional tort cases in Gaithersburg, MD involving all of the following incidents:
- Trespass and conversion
- Intentional emotional distress
- False arrest or false imprisonment
Intentional Torts: How to Bring a Case to Court
In order to bring a civil suit against a person for an intentional tort, you need the representation of an experienced lawyer in Gaithersburg, MD. At Sussman & Simcox, we will help you assess your case and give advice on the best strategy moving forward. The wrongful act in question does not have to cause physical injuries to be considered harmful. The harm caused by the tort can take a number of forms. One such example would be defamation cases. While defamation does not cause you physical distress, it can cause other harm, such as lost wages or the potential for future wages. If you believe you’ve been the victim of a wrongful act, you need to speak with our lawyers. We’ll let you know the best way to proceed and help you file the suit in a quest to get the damages you deserve.
Criminal vs. Civil: What’s the Difference?
Some intentional torts can also be labeled as criminal actions. In these cases, criminal charges can also be brought by the state’s prosecution office against the perpetrator. Both assault and battery are examples of intentional torts that are also criminal acts. In cases such as these, the prosecution can pursue criminal charges in search of punishment, which could include jail time and/or fines. However, even if this occurs in your situation, you are still able to pursue a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator as well. This will allow you to recover funds to pay for any medical expenses, property damage, as well as pain and suffering.
It’s important to note that there is a significant difference between criminal and civil cases. Civil cases require a lower burden of proof than criminal cases, which often makes them easier to win. In a civil case, the plaintiff must only prove the case by a “preponderance of the evidence.” This essentially means the plaintiff must prove it is more likely than not that the events transpired in a certain way. On the other hand, criminal cases must be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This can be much harder to attain as it means the prosecution must prove there is a great likelihood the events occurred in a certain way. Because of this difference, it is possible for a defendant to be found not guilty in criminal court, but still lose a civil case and pay damages.
Types of Damages Awarded in Intentional Tort Cases
If you, as the plaintiff, win an intentional tort case, you are likely entitled to receive damages to cover expenses or harm caused by the defendant. The court will decide what type of damages and how much you will receive. Damages can be broken down into three categories:
- Economic: This can include such expenses as the cost of medical care, lost wages, property damage, and even the future loss of income.
- Non-Economic: This type of damage is often more subjective and can include things like pain and suffering or loss of support.
- Punitive: In cases where the actions of the defendant are intentional, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These are fines imposed as a way to punish the defendant for the wrongful act in the hopes that it will prevent them from similar actions in the future.
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If you are the victim of a wrongful act, you need the experience of a skilled legal team on your side. We’ll work to help you navigate the case and attempt to get you the damages you’re entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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