Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Intentional Torts

Posted Friday, August 31, 2018 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextImagine that a driver rear-ends another vehicle because he did not notice that traffic had slowed ahead of him. Now imagine that the driver has been aggressively tailgating the vehicle and then purposefully rams into the back of it before changing lanes and speeding off. In either case, the injured driver may seek civil compensation, but under what theory of law?

Negligence Vs. Intentional Torts

There is a difference between injuries caused by careless actions and injuries caused by deliberate actions. When people act carelessly or negligently, they do not intend to cause harm and any injuries are purely accidental. They can be held accountable for their conduct, regardless of intent. But sometimes, people intend to cause harm. That kind of behavior is called an intentional tort. (A “tort” is a wrongful act that leads to civil liability.)

Intentional torts are often criminal offenses. But criminal violations are separate and distinct from civil violations. One type of lawsuit does not depend on the other, and an injured plaintiff can seek damages whether or not there is a criminal prosecution or conviction.

Types of Intentional Torts

Washington recognizes several types of intentional torts, including:

*Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Washington*The deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Washington is either two or three years, depending on the cause of action. For example, you usually have three years to file a negligence lawsuit, but you only have two years to file a lawsuit for false imprisonment, assault and battery, and defamation. (The rules are different when the victim is a child.)

Contact an experienced attorney, who can ensure you meet these and other statutory deadlines. An attorney can also help determine whether your injury was the result of negligence or an intentional act.

*Contact Us Today*Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation if you are injured by someone’s negligent or intentional conduct. Our experienced attorneys will help recover the compensation that you deserve, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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