Tort Law

Derived from the French word for “wrong,” tort in U.S. courts refers to cases of civil liability that fall outside of the realm of contractual obligation. When a person sustains injuries or other sorts of damages (for example, to property, in lost wages, or in psychological distress) due to another person’s action or inaction, he or she may be entitled to compensation through tort law.

In most instances, the key to proving this kind of liability hinges on the idea of negligence. If a plaintiff can establish that the defendant was negligent in some capacity, he or she has a good chance of successful litigation.

Classes of Tort

Apart from negligence, tort law can fall into a number of more specific categories, with some more common examples being:

  • Statutory tort – these are laws governing civil cases that originate in the legislature instead of courts
  • Nuisance – a nuisance case involves activity that is harmful or annoying to other individuals
  • Defamation – typically either an instance of libel or slander, depending on whether the injurious words took a print/broadcast or oral form
  • Intentional tort – any act in which the intent to do foreseeable harm is present, including assault, battery, false imprisonment, fraud, and infliction of emotional distress
  • Economic tort – a highly specific class of tort law dealing with interference in matters of business and trade

Contact Us

The more you know about tort law and the areas it covers, the better prepared you will be to successfully navigate your own personal injury claim. For additional information on tort law, civil liability, and related topics, contact the experienced team of Green Bay personal injury lawyers at the law offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.