Assault, Battery and Intentional Torts
Not all personal injuries are caused by negligent or reckless behavior. Sometimes an injury is intentionally inflicted. “Intentional torts,” including assault and battery, are purposefully inflicted on one person by another. Contrary to popular belief, assault does not require that the defendant make contact with his victim. Instead, assault is an intentional attempt or threat to inflict injury that places another person in fear of imminent bodily harm. Battery, on the other hand, is the intentional touching of the body of another, in a harmful or offensive manner, without consent. In this section, you’ll find articles on assault, battery, and other intentional torts like false imprisonment.
- Assault Basics
Read this article to find out all about the crime and tort of assault, which is an attempt to frighten someone else or to an attempt to hit someone else.
- Elements of Assault
This section contains an in depth definition of assault, as well as an explanation of all the things you’ll have to prove in court if you bring an action based on assault.
- Battery Basics
A battery occurs when someone touches another person without that person’s permission. While this can cover many situations, these basic principles and definitions can apply to almost any battery.
- False Imprisonment
When someone restrains you without your permission, you have technically been falsely imprisoned. This article provides a more in depth explanation and definition, along with common examples.
- Battery in Special Situations
Touching without permission, which is the definition of battery, can occur in many different scenarios. But not every instance is a battery. Find out what is a battery and what is not.
- What are Intentional Torts?
Little children accuse each other of doing wrong things “on purpose,” but they could just as easily say the other child performed an intentional tort. This article will help you learn how this works in the adult legal world.