Thursday, June 9, 2011

Torts more than Just Desserts

Torts are civil wrongs or breaches of duty owed under the law that cause physical, psychological, emotional or legal harm or injury to another party. A tortfeasor is the one that commits the wrongful action. Tort claims are filed by injured parties or plaintiffs in court against individuals or businesses that commit civil wrongs, known as tortfeasors or defendants. Examples of injuries include physical pain, suffering, loss of wages and medical costs. Torts are classified into three categories:

Strict or absolute
Types of Torts--Defined
An intentional tort is one that is committed on purpose with the intention of harming another person, such an assault, battery, misrepresentation, fraud or false imprisonment. A negligent tort is one that is caused by negligent conduct of the tortfeasor towards another, such as injuries caused by the tortfeasor's recklessness and carelessness. Strict or absolute liability occurs when a manufacturer manufactures a product that is dangerous or defective and causes physical harm or injury to another.

Causing Harm
Environmental or noise pollution that causes harm to the public is also part of tort law. Tort laws seek to compensate victims who are injured or harmed and punish the tortfeasors by awarding plaintiffs judgments against tortfeasors that include punitive damages. They are also designed to discourage tortfeasors from committing further acts of similar injuries.

Getting Help
Tort laws are complex. It is recommended that you hire an attorney to represent you in a tort action and to assert legal defenses on your behalf in court. The attorney is an expert on tort laws and can explain them to you and how they relate to your case. The attorney can advise you of your legal rights and remedies.

Source Personal injury

Torts vol.1 link here

Torts Vol. 2 link here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about all the pain and suffering (and health problems) experienced for the last six years here in CV by those who felt the severe threat of losing their homes and environment. This was due to negligence on the part of people in responsible positions.
Maybe there will be some sort of compensation for the thousands of hours spent and tens of thousands of dollars spent fighting off this big government and big business promoted scourge.