Intentional torts, like other torts, are those actions that cause injury or damage. Most torts are the result of negligence, or the failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would use under the same circumstances. In most personal injury cases, or torts, the wrongdoer did not intend to cause harm.
Intentional torts, on the other hand, involve the intention to cause harm. Like other torts, including car accidents and slip and falls, intentional torts are civil causes of action. Many times, intentional torts carry criminal charges, as well. Intentional torts include misconduct such as defamation (including slander and libel), domestic abuse, sexual abuse, battery, and fraud.
The victims of intentional torts are entitled to money damages, just like the victims of other personal injury actions. Damages in an intentional tort lawsuit – whether reached by settlement or verdict – may include the following compensatory damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
Additionally, in some case, the victim of an intentional tort may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the perpetrator and deter any future wrongdoing.
Intentional tort settlements depend on a number of factors, including the injuries sustained, the expenses incurred to repair the injuries and damages, and whether punitive damages are awarded.
The Chicago intentional tort attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing the victims of all types of torts and personal injury cases, including the victims of intentional torts. As such, we are able to determine the appropriate calculation of damages and advocate on your behalf to get you a full and fair settlement for your intentional tort claim. If a settlement is not possible, we are prepared to fight for your rights in a court of law.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago intentional tort lawyers to learn more about the calculation of damages.