An intentional tort occurs when someone wrongfully and purposefully acts and that causes harm to another. They do not necessarily need to intend to cause the eventual outcome for an intentional tort claim to be valid but they need to intend to commit the wrongful act according to most intentional tort cases and civil law doctrine.

The consequences of intentional torts and the intentional infliction of harm can be severe and include bodily harm, emotional distress, real property destruction, harmful contact, offensive contact, personal property loss, and other serious side effects.

Frequent examples of an intentional tort are intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, harmful or offensive contact (i.e. battery), trespass onto someone else’s property, attempted battery or assault), offensive touching like abuse, and if fraud occurs.