Intentional Torts

An intentional tort is an offense when the person deliberately meant to hurt or damage your property. For example, if some one punches you, purposely runs you over with his or her vehicle, or threatens you. If the person meant to hit or hurt you in some way, it is considered battery. If the person did so merely out of carelessness and did not intend to hurt you, it is negligent tort. The most important legal difference between the two is that in an intentional tort, the victim is entitled to recover an award of punitive damages in addition to all other damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the person for doing the wrong.

Punitive damages are up to the jury and it varies from as little as $1 to more than $100,000 depending on the case. In cases involving deliberate misconduct by a large corporation, punitive damages can run into the millions.

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