North Carolina Court of Appeals
330 S.E.2d 638 (1985)
Andrews (plaintiff) was injured at work when a co-worker, Peters, (defendant), walked up behind her and tapped the back of her right knee with the front of his own, causing Andrews’s knee to buckle. Andrews lost her balance, fell to the floor, and dislocated her right kneecap. Andrews filed suit against Peters for assault and battery and sought compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and punitive damages. At the close of Andrews’s evidence, and again at the close of all evidence, the trial court denied Peters’s motions for a directed verdict. The jury held in favor of Andrews and awarded her $7,500 in damages. Peters appealed, arguing there was no proof ever he intended to hurt Andrews.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Becton, J.)
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