A tort is an instance of civil wrongdoing that falls outside of the confines of contractual obligation. Tort law protects injured parties who suffer damages that are inflicted by another either intentionally, or through an act of negligence. The purpose of these laws is to allow victims redress to collect compensation for damages, and in some instances to impose penalties on guilty parties to act as a deterrent to similar actions by others in the future.
The most common type of cases that involve negligence tort law are personal injury suits that are the result of vehicular accidents. When pursuing this type of tort law case, a personal injury attorney needs to prove that his or her client was injured due to the negligence of the other driver, and he or she will seek compensation for damages suffered by the injured party. Without these tort laws, there would be no legal way for someone who is injured in an automobile accident through no fault of their own to receive due compensation.
Medical malpractice is another type of tort case that personal injury lawyers frequently handle. Once again, when their client has suffered damages due to the actions of a medical professional, the medical malpractice lawyer needs to prove that the doctor or other health care worker acted negligently to cause the damages for which his or her client is seeking compensation.
Other types of torts are product liability cases (though there are overlapping statutory violations involved in many of these), nuisance and trespass torts that involve one party infringing on another’s right to enjoy their real property, defamation of character torts, and a tort law that involves intentionally confining another (false imprisonment).
Basically, the purpose of tort law is to provide people with a legal recourse that enables them to collect compensation when they are injured by another party either intentionally, or due to negligence. The term “tort law” has been bandied about by insurance company lobbyists as though it is some sort of pejorative term, a negative force that needs to be “reined in.” But the fact is that tort law is there to protect people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Torts are quite necessary, and they exist to protect all of us.
If you have been injured in some manner by the negligent actions of another, whether it is due to an auto accident in Atlanta, or an Atlanta malpractice case, tort laws are on the books for your protection. Call the People’s Lawyer, Bruce Hagen, at (404) 522-7553 or contact him through the website so that you can discuss the matter with a tort law expert and be certain that your interests are being diligently advocated.