4 Examples of an Intentional Tort
Assault – the causing of a reasonable apprehension of harm that is likely to occur with the present ability to cause such harm
Battery – harmful or offensive touching of the person of another
Defamation – oral (known as “slander”) or written (known as “libel”) communication intended to cause a person to be hated, ridiculed, caused to be shunned by others, or injures a person in his/her occupation
False imprisonment – keeping a person in a specific location against his/her will without justification
Intentional infliction of emotional distress – an act which a person does against another with the intent to cause the injury to another. Typically, the act must be that of extreme and outrageous conduct to give rise to compensation to the injured party
In an intentional tort, the person wants to cause the consequences from his/her act or believes that the consequences of the act are reasonably certain to occur (as opposed to being negligent where the injury was not necessarily intended).