Most Iowa personal injury claims are based on negligent behavior, meaning the defendant failed to honor a certain duty of care to the plaintiff. Some cases, however, are based on more deliberate actions that were intended to cause harm to another person. This kind of action is legally known as intentional tort, and it may be grounds for both a criminal and a civil case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s malicious or deliberately reckless behavior, you could be able to win compensation by filing an intentional tort claim. The Iowa personal injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you build your case and aggressively defend it. Call our offices at 877-327-2600 today.
Grounds for an Intentional Tort Claim
You may be able to file an intentional tort claim against a party that has caused you harm if all of the following conditions apply:
- The defendant (also known as the tortfeasor) committed some kind of physical act.
- This action directly caused you to suffer significant medical, emotional, or financial harm.
- The tortfeasor deliberately took this action, knowing it would or could likely harm you.
- Your losses are severe enough to merit compensation.
Examples of actions that could be considered grounds for an intentional tort claim include:
- Assault and battery
- Defamation of character (slander or libel)
- Theft or robbery
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress
- False imprisonment
- Wrongful death
Unfortunately, intentional tort is usually not easy to demonstrate in court. You will need an experienced Iowa intentional tort lawyer to help you prove the necessary elements of your case.
The Iowa intentional tort attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. work hard for victims of unacceptable and malicious behavior. Contact us today at 877-327-2600.