What is a Tort?
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, the tort. 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 damages include physical pain, suffering, loss of wages, property damage, loss of use of a car, loss of sonsortium 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 accidentally caused by the negligent conduct of the tortfeasor towards another, such as injuries caused by the tortfeasor’s recklessness and carelessness.
Strict or absolute liability occurs in dog bite cases and when a manufacturer manufactures a product that is dangerous or defective and causes physical harm or injury to another.
Tort laws seek to compensate victims who are injured or harmed and punish the tortfeasors by awarding plaintiffs judgments against tortfeasors that may include punitive damages in appropriate cases. They are also designed to discourage tortfeasors from committing further acts which cause damages and injuries.
Tort laws are very complex. It is recommended that you hire a very skilled attorney to represent you in a tort action. Attorney Michael Grennier is a very experienced attorney concerning tort laws. He can explain them to you and how they relate to your case.
Attorney Michael Grennier can advise you of your legal rights and remedies and how best to aggressively represent your interests to maximize the value of your case. Call Grennier Law today at (805) 643-3900 to schedule your FREE consultation. There are certain time limits involved in tort claims, so don’t delay.
What is a Tort?