Most personal injury cases stem from an accident of some sort -- a car crash where someone wasn't paying attention, or a slip and fall where ice accumulated on a stairwell, for example. But a small category of personal injury claims are characterized as "intentional torts," meaning that they involve situations in which one person intended to cause harm to another person. The same action that gives rise to an intentional tort claim (filed by the victim in civil court) may also spark a criminal case (filed by the government). In this section, we'll take a look at personal injury claims for intentional tort.
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