Battery / Assault / False Imprisonment
When you hear the words “battery,” “assault,” or “false imprisonment” you probably think of criminal charges brought by the State, and not civil causes of action brought by an individual. What most people don’t know, is that under Florida law there are several civil causes of action that people may bring if they have been a victim of a criminal battery, assault, or false imprisonment.
The easiest way to explain intentional causes of action is by example. OJ Simpson was found not guilty in a criminal court for murder charges which were brought by the state. However, Nicole Simpson’s estate and family members brought an intentional cause of action against OJ Simpson in a civil court which entitled them to monetary compensation for their loss. The most significant difference between a criminal and civil cause of action is the burden of proof. In order to prevail in a civil court, one only needs to prove each element of the law by a “preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not)”. This is different from the more strict “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal cases. Intentional acts entitle victims to punitive damages.
Listed below are the most common intentional causes of action which one may bring in a civil court:
- Battery (intentional touching of another)
- Assault (including sexual assault)
- False Imprisonment (confining)
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
- Wrongful Death
- Sexual Assaults/Rape (teachers, coaches, babysitters, neighbors, cousins)
The trial attorneys at The Law Offices of Yuri Tsyganov, PL have significant trial experience regarding injuries sustained from intentional acts. Our number one goal is to protect your interests and get you compensated for your losses. Depending upon the facts of your case, we may be able to seek several forms of damages, including:
- Economic damages (Past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, property damage)
- Punitive damages
- Loss of earning capacity damages
- Pain and suffering
More often than not, your spouse also suffers with you, even though he or she was not involved in the accident. We may also be able to seek damages for your husband, wife, or survivors. A lot of times, proving these damages requires consulting with and hiring certain experts. We work with the best experts and have the resources and finances to back your case from start to finish. If you have been injured, contact The Law Offices of Yuri Tsyganov, PL to discuss your rights and interests. To learn more about claims resulting from intentional acts, please visit our blog or call for a free consultation today.