A tort is a wrongful act which causes personal injury to another. Causes of action arise either out of a defendant's negligence or intentional misconduct. An intentional tort occurs when the defendant either wants to bring about a personal injury or is certain that a personal injury will result from his conduct.
A person who suffers from an injury as a result of another person's intentional misconduct may seek recovery for damages caused to him physically, emotionally or to his reputation. A personal injury arising from an intentional tort does not necessarily require physical harm to the victim.