West Hollywood Tort Lawyers

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In West Hollywood, California, a "tort" is defined as any civil wrong, besides breach of contract, for which the law provides a remedy.

In West Hollywood, California, a tort is basically any bad thing that one person can do to another, which the law says the victim can sue over. This is called a "cause of action."

West Hollywood, California's laws recognize many different torts. However, the civil litigation system only deals with a few of these dozens of torts with any frequency. While the most obscure torts are occasionally litigated, there are only a small amount that the average person is likely to deal with (either as a plaintiff or defendant) at some point in their lives. They include fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in West Hollywood, California

Negligence: Negligence is the most frequently-litigated tort in West Hollywood, California's civil litigation system. Negligence occurs when somebody does not exercise the level of care that a "reasonable person" would exercise in a similar situation, and causes an injury as a direct result. As an example, most people know that running a stop sign at high speed is very careless, and no reasonable person would be expected to do such a thing. Doing so clearly falls below the ordinary standard of care. So, if a person runs a stop sign at high speed, and hits another car, causing injuries and property damage, they will be liable to the person they harmed for the cost of whatever harm they caused.

Fraud: Unlike negligence, fraud is an intentional tort. Like negligence, courts in West Hollywood, California deal with it quite frequently. Put simply, fraud is a lie told for personal gain. It requires an affirmative misrepresentation, which the speaker knows to be false, intended to induce the victim to render some benefit to the speaker, which causes actual harm (such as financial loss) to the victim. It happens most frequently when somebody is trying to sell something for more than it's worth, and lies about the nature or value of the product to the buyer. If the buyer relies on the seller's false statements of fact in making the decision to buy the product, the seller has committed fraud. In such a case, the buyer is legally entitled to compensation for the harm suffered as a result of the fraud.

harmful or offensive, and non-consensual. For example, slapping someone on the face would be a clear case of battery, because that contact is harmful, and probably offensive as well. Unwanted physical conduct, particularly of a sexual nature, is considered offensive by just about everyone, and would also be considered battery even if it causes no physical injuries. Occasionally, a doctor will operate on the wrong body part, which the patient did not consent to be operated on. And, occasionally, doctors have performed entire operations while the patient was unconscious, which the patient didn't consent to. This is also battery, and can result in a very costly lawsuit for the doctor, though such cases are quite rare.

Intentional infliction of emotional distress: Also known as IIED in West Hollywood, California, intentional infliction of emotional distress is a fairly new cause of action, having not been recognized until the 20th century. In order to succeed in an IIED lawsuit, the plaintiff has to establish that the defendant engaged in some kind of "outrageous" conduct, which was severe enough to "shock the conscience" of a reasonable person. They must also show that the defendant directly intended to cause emotional distress, and did, in fact, cause severe emotional distress. Proving that the plaintiff suffered trauma or distress as a result of the defendant's conduct is not as easy as it may sound, and usually requires the testimony of a psychiatric professional who has examined the plaintiff.

How Can A West Hollywood, California Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in West Hollywood, California, you have a right to go to court and attempt to prove your case. On the other hand, if you find that you are being sued for a tort, and believe that you aren't responsible, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In either case, a West Hollywood, California tort lawyer will be able to advise you of your rights, and ensure that you have the best possible chance of prevailing in your case.

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Life in West Hollywood

West Hollywood neighbors Beverly Hills and is a well-known area to many all over the United States. Many celebrities live in and/or work in the area, and therefore the Paparazzi are constantly referring to West Hollywood in their news reports.

Many may not know, but West Hollywood has some landmarks and unique locations. West Hollywood is home to the Sunset Marquis Hotel, a place known for its Whisky Bar and recording studio. Melrose Avenue is also located in West Hollywood, and was the main location for the popular 90's show Melrose Place. West Hollywood is also home to the famous Sunset Boulevard, filled with great shopping, dining, and nightlife. Sunset Boulevard was also home to Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, John Wayne and Howard Hughes.

Popular attractions in West Hollywood include musical venues such as the House of Blues, Whisky a Go Go, the Viper Room, and the Roxy Theatre. Other popular attractions include Westlake Recording Studios, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Plummer Park, Sierra Towers, the Standard Hotel, Pacific Design Center, The Schindler House, Smashbox Studios and TMZ on TV.

Los Angeles being home top-tier law schools and firms attracts some of the most brilliant attorneys in the United States. Therefore residents of West Hollywood have no trouble finding a good lawyer because there are many to choose from!

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