What are Dignitary Torts?

When it comes to your quality of life, a root of happiness and success stems from self-esteem and self-respect.  Needless to say, your self-dignity is highly valuable, and arguably, priceless. So what does this have to do with dignitary torts? Then answer is, your reputation.

Continue reading to learn more about dignitary torts, including where to find trusted advice for your tort case.

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Intentional Torts

Under tort law, when a person intentionally behaves in a way that causes another person harm, it is categorized as an intentional tort. Intentional torts can have both criminal and civil repercussions for the at-fault party. A dignitary tort is a type of intentional tort in which an action causes another person’s reputation or “honor” harm, or subjects them to certain indignities (humiliations and shame). Although valid, very few states have courts that actually use this legal term.

Types of Dignitary Torts

By definition, there are several kinds of dignitary torts that a person can commit. Common torts include defamation, such as slander and libel. Additional examples include intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault, abduction, false imprisonment, false light, invasion of privacy, and alienation of affections. Many jurisdictions primarily appoint non-physical acts and threats as dignitary torts. Historically, dignitary torts were mostly reserved for battery, assault, false imprisonment, and similar physical actions.

Non-Intentional Torts

There is also a type of non-intentional dignitary tort that can be committed, and it is referred to as negligent infliction of emotional distress. In this case, a victim is subjected to emotional distress and/or mental anguish as a result of another person’s non-intentional act. For example, a man could take nude photos of his girlfriend, show his friends as a joke, and as a result, cause her severe emotional stress and harm to her dignity. However, most jurisdictions simply categorize negligent infliction of emotional distress as just another form of basic negligence.

Where to Get Trusted Legal Advice

If you believe you or someone you love is a victim of defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress or another intentional tort, contact a seasoned Indianapolis personal injury attorney to learn more about your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses that result from the harm they have caused.

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Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers 317-881-2700

Contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 for information about making a personal injury claim in Indianapolis, Indiana. Experienced personal injury attorneys Daniel Craven, Ralph Hoover, and Keith Blazek are here to help you obtain the rightful compensation you deserve after suffering harm at the actions of another. We offer free initial consultations and never collect lawyer fees unless we recover for you.