What is Tort Law?

A tort is a civil wrong doing by one member of society that causes harm to another member of society. This could be physical, emotional, or mental harm. The most common tort is negligence. The court may decide to settle such a case by awarding compensation to the victim. The court will determine the severity of the negligence in order to determine the amount of compensation given to the affected party.





 
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Tort is wrong doing by one member of society that causes harm to another member of society and so this type of harm can come in many different forms. It can be physical, emotional or mental.

The most common tort is negligence and so a court may decide to settle such a case by awarding compensation to the offended party so this is based on recognition that the offending party was aware of the danger and neglected to protect others and so the court determines the severity of negligence which determines the amount of compensation paid to the offended party. So another name for compensation is damage or damages. Compensation equals damages.

It seems like a kind of weird word to use for this but it’s compensation because of damages done to the offended party and so damages always reflect the findings of the court. The most extreme damages are awarded if the damage was carried out with the intent to harm and the least severe damages are where if the offended party was acting without concern for his or her safety in the first place. So I’ll just write acting without concern.

That’s a brief look at how tort law works.

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Last updated: 04/13/2018
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