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Battery is intentional, harmful contact by one person against another. Common batteries include beating with the hands, tripping, pushing, as well as more serious actions like stabbing, shooting or otherwise maiming a person with a dangerous instrument. Many, if not all, batteries can involve criminal, as well as civil liability.

What are the elements of a battery case?

A plaintiff must show two elements in a battery case:

  • Intentional contact with the plaintiff’s body
  • Injury

Accidental, harmful contact, does not constitute battery. If the contact is accidental, then if there is a claim, it will be a negligence claim.

What if a person intentionally causes harm, but was acting in self-defense?

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If someone threw something at me and caused injury, is that still a battery?

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