Revised to January 1, 2008
The plaintiff alleges that
the conduct of the defendant constituted an assault.
An assault is an act that
causes another person to be placed in imminent apprehension of a
harmful or offensive contact with that person.
The plaintiff must have
believed that the act would result in imminent contact unless
prevented by self-defensive action or flight or the intervention of
some outside force.
A harmful contact is one
that causes physical impairment of the condition of another's body,
physical pain, or illness. An offensive contact is one that offends
a reasonable sense of personal dignity.
The act must be done by
the defendant intentionally, wantonly, or without the exercise of