At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we represent clients who have been harmed by another. These injuries can arise through an intentional tort or through negligence. While both types of claims allow an injured party to seek compensation, they are very different types of cases. Understanding the distinction between an intentional tort and a negligence claim can be very important in determining your rights and options under Florida law.
When an individual is injured, the damages are typically covered by personal injury law, also known as tort law. Tort laws have been created by both the federal and state governments to protect the rights of injured persons. These laws also hold at-fault parties responsible for their actions. Liability under tort law can arise through intentional acts as well as negligent acts.
An intentional tort is a civil wrong resulting from an intentional act of the defendant. Put another way, an intentional tort is an action done on purpose against a person or person’s property. The definition covers a wide range of actions. One example of an intentional tort would be a punch to the face. In that example, the actor intended to cause harm by slamming his or her closed fist into the victim’s face.