Negligence, strict liability, absolute liability, and products liability all are “accidental” by definition: the persons being held liable for injury to the plaintiff had no intent to harm the plaintiff. Intentional torts are harmful or offensive contact, intentionally done. If I attempt to hit you but hit someone else, have I committed a battery? Yes. It was the intent to wrongfully touch someone that establishes the tort. The intent is called “scienter,” which is an evil intent. Intentional torts come in many forms, some of which are described below.
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