"Torts" are civil wrongs that result in harm. Generally, Tort Law is a specific area of law that creates a legal basis for a claim by injured parties. Tort law addresses two primary objectives:

  • To compensate parties for their damages; and
  • To deter others from committing the same harmful acts

Each state has its own tort laws created by state legislatures and the courts. Generally, the state legislature would create tort law by statute while judges create tort law by their courtroom decisions that establish legal precedence called "common law."

There are 3 general categories of torts:

Intentional torts are when a person committing an act knew (or should have known) the act would cause harm or injury to another person. An example of an intentional tort would be causing injury by intentionally punching someone.

Negligent torts stem from unreasonably unsafe conduct that causes harm or injury to another person. An example of a negligent tort would be causing injury by failing to obey traffic rules.

Strict liability torts stem from conduct that causes harm or injury to another person regardless of the degree or carefulness by the party causing the harm. An example of strict liability tort would be causing injury by making and selling defective products.

Personal injury lawyers are well versed in the area of tort law and will look to applicable laws in their state of jurisdiction to represent injured clients who seek compensation for damages.

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