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1 Unit VIII Scholarly Activity Columbia Southern University FIR 3311 Dan Gaumont 12/30/2020
2 Unit VIII Scholarly Activity The purpose of this document is to highlight the potential legal risks and liabilities that an emergency services agency may face. The following list covers several topics and contains resources for each where you may read further on the subject. You may use this document as a tool to identify what liabilities and legal risks your agency is at risk for. Civil Law – Intentional Torts An intentional tort occurs when a person intentionally commits a volitional act, which causes harm to another person (West, 2018). The harm caused by this act may not have been intentional, but the act itself was (West, 2018). An example of an intentional tort is an act, which started out as an innocent prank, but causes serious harm to the person the prank is being done to. West (2018) gives an example of a person pulling a chair out from another person as a prank, which leads to a broken tailbone. In this situation, the broken bone was not intentional, but causing the fall was. The person who was harmed in this event, would have the right to hold the person who caused the harm liable for damages (West, 2018). Coulter Boeschen (n.d.) provides information about different types and degree of intentional torts, as well as describing relevant court cases. This information can be found at

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