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Battery

 

Note:   This page explains the civil tort of battery.  For information pertaining to a criminal assault charge, click here:  http://www.baldwinbriscoe.com/sd/pgs/Criminal-Assault-in-Maryland.aspx

 

  Battery is a civil tort in the state of Maryland.  Although it is common for people to use the terms “assault” and “battery” interchangeably, the law attaches different meanings.  An assault is an intentional threat by another person.  A battery is an intentional unpermitted touching of another’s body that is harmful or offensive to that person and occurs without the victim’s consent.

 

  The tort of battery does not require that the defendant intend to injure the victim.  A general intent to make contact with the victim, frighten the victim or offend the victim is sufficient.  An accidental or inadvertent contact is not a sufficient basis for battery.

 

  There must be some harm that results from the touching.  The harm can be physical pain or injury, illness, or simply an offense to an individual’s dignity.  A defendant in a battery case is legally responsible for whatever harm results from the battery, even if the harm is disproportionate to what would reasonably be expected from the type of contact made.  The defendant in a battery case assumes the risk that the plaintiff may be particularly sensitive or vulnerable to harm.

 

  The defendant in a battery case is liable to the plaintiff even if the plaintiff was not the intended victim.  If the defendant intends to cause harmful or offensive contact to one person, but accidentally or otherwise causes harm to another, a cause of action lies for battery.  Further, the defendant need not actually make contact with the victim with his person.  Throwing an objection, firing a gun or otherwise causing injury, even where the plaintiff does not touch the defendant may be the basis of a battery.

 

  A claim for battery may give rise to both compensatory and punitive damages. 

   For more information about personal injury claims, click here.

 

The information contained on this page is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice.  The experienced attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can assist you if you are the victim of a battery.  We’d be happy to sit down with you and review your situation and provide appropriate advice.  Call today for your free, no-obligation consultation. 

 

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Lexington Park, MD 20653

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