Assault, Battery and Other Intentional Torts

In many personal injury cases, there is an element of negligence (or carelessness) which caused or contributed to someone being injured. Intentional torts are not based on negligence or accidents, but rather when one person harms or injures another person with intention to do so. For instance, an assault (threatening someone) or a battery (hitting someone) are considered intention torts.

Intentional torts often interact with the criminal law. For instance, a person who hits another person can be sued for damages in civil court while at the same time be charged with a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada and must also follow the criminal court process.

Assault and Battery are the most common types of Intentional Torts (“tort” generally meaning a wrongful act). Other examples of Intentional Torts are:

  1. False Arrest.
  2. False Imprisonment.
  3. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.
  4. Trespassing.
  5. Fraud.
  6. Deceit.
  7. Defamation (libel and slander).

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s intentional act and the act was also criminal, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the wrongdoer and also claim compensation under the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act which is administered through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario.

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of intentional tort claims and processing claims at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario.

Call us for a free consultation.

Marc-Nicholas Quinn
Ottawa Injury Lawyer