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Personal Injury Caused by Intentional Acts


When most people think of personal injury cases, they think of accidents caused by negligence or recklessness. Car accidents, slip and falls, or workplace injury are common examples. However, some personal injuries are caused by intentional acts, and not everyone is aware that they can file a lawsuit for damages if someone purposefully causes you physical and emotional harm. If you or someone you know was hurt by the intentional acts of another in the Nashville area, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to learn more about your legal options.

Intentional Acts that Cause Personal Injury

Most personal injuries that are caused by intentional acts involve criminal activity. Some of the most common intentionally harmful acts in personal injury claims include assault and battery, robberies, crimes involving firearms, stabbings, sexual crimes, and other violent acts.

The injuries caused by intentional acts are often serious, as the intent of the person responsible is to inflict harm. In many cases the injuries involve some type of blunt force trauma, crushing injuries, or penetrating injuries to the body. Some of the most commonly seen injuries after an intentional act of violence include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Skull fracture
  • Facial trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Burns
  • Dislocated joints
  • Penetrating injuries from knives or bullets, and
  • Paralysis

If you or someone you know has been injured by an intentional act of violence and you know the perpetrator, they can be held liable for any personal injuries that resulted from their harmful act. An experienced personal injury attorney is in the best possible position to help you enforce your right to compensation for your injuries.

Compensation for Personal Injuries

Compensation for personal injuries caused by intentional acts covers the same damages as those caused by an accident. Economic damages cover a victim’s out of pocket expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate a victim for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

It is important to note that criminal charges are not required in order to file a civil case for personal injury; however, criminal conviction for the harmful act is compelling evidence in a personal injury case. Furthermore, the standard of proof is lower in a civil case for injuries, as the harm must only be proven by a preponderance of the evidence and not beyond a reasonable doubt, which makes collecting compensation easier than proving a criminal case.

Call or Contact Our Office Today

If you or someone you know has been hurt by the intentional act of another person, it is important to know that you do not have to go through this alone. Call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free consultation of your case with one of our knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys now.

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