Transferred Intent

When someone files a personal injury lawsuit, a determination must be made whether the cause for the claim was intentional or unintentional. Intentional torts address actions that a defendant makes with a pre-meditated purpose. Unintentional torts, by contrast, are accidents like car wrecks or other events that the defendant did not willfully cause. When a defendant unintentionally harms an innocent third party while attempting to harm someone else, transferred intent may be found.

If you or a loved one has been injured in the course of another party’s attempt to harm someone else, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you to understand your legal rights in this situation. Contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (800) 242-2874 to discuss your potential case.

Examples of Transferred Intent

In order to establish the presence of transferred intent, you must first prove that the defendant acted with the intention of harming another individual; then you must demonstrate that you were unintentionally harmed as a direct consequence of that malevolent act. The following are examples of transferred intent:

  • If the defendant shoots a gun at someone and the bullet strikes you either by ricochet or because he or she missed the intended target.
  • Someone attempts to strike another person but accidentally strikes you in the process.
  • An individual attempts to poison someone and you are exposed to a toxic substance inadvertently

You may be forced to seek costly medical treatment and might be rendered unable to work due to the injuries you sustained as a consequence of another person’s negligent action. Accordingly, it is critically important that you seek all appropriate forms of financial compensation.

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If you have been accidentally injured by a person’s efforts to harm someone else, a civil lawsuit may be in order. Contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (800) 242-2874 to learn more.