Intentional Torts in Florida

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Intential Torts in Florida 

Many personal injury cases arise out of the negligent acts of another person, whether it be through failing to fix a step in a public building, driving a car like a jerk or a store not cleaning up a known puddle. However, what happens when a person intends to hurt another, is the victim able to seek justice in a personal injury case? 

Florida does allow for a victim of an intentional act to seek justice

Common Intentional Torts in Florida

  • Battery: An unwanted touching. Often punching, kicking, biting or using objects likes bats, knives or guns. 
  • Assault: A threat to injure someone, without actual touching. 
  • False imprisonment: Restricting another person’s movement against their will, with two exceptions: police privilege and shopkeeper’s privilege.
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress: Engaging in outrageous or extreme conduct with the intent to cause the plaintiff to suffer severe emotional distress, or recklessness as the effect of the defendant’s conduct
  • Defamation: A false statement of fact, communicated to a third party, which is meant to hurt the plaintiff’s reputation or economic well-being.
  • Trespass: Using someone’s land or personal property without permission.
  • Conversion: Theft or stealing.

What Needs To Be Proven

  • An act by the defendant: A purposeful movement by the defendant.
  • Intent: Requires either that the actor’s goal is to bring about the consequences of their action or the actor knows with substantial certainty that their action would bring about certain consequences.
  • Causation: Action must have been a direct cause of the injury or a substantial factor. 

‚ÄčIf You Have Questions About An Injury You Suffered

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883.


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