Enfield Tort Lawyers

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

In Enfield, Connecticut, 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."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Enfield, Connecticut recognize a very considerable number of different torts. However, most of these torts are largely relics of history, and are no longer litigated very often, if at all. There are only a few that the average person has a decent chance of dealing with at least once in their lives. They include, but aren't limited to, negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Enfield, Connecticut

Negligence: In Enfield, Connecticut, negligence is the most frequently-litigated tort. It is defined as a failure to act (in any situation) with a reasonable level of care, and causing harm as a result of that carelessness. For example, if a store that's open to the public fails to remove ice from its front entrance, or put up any kind of warning, even though it knows that the ice is there, it is not exercising reasonable care. If someone is injured as a result, the store owner will likely be required to compensate them for their injuries. This is, obviously, just an example.

Fraud: Fraud is another prevalent tort litigated in Enfield, Connecticut courts. Fraud is defined as the deliberate misrepresentation of facts made for financial, or other personal gain, which causes harm to someone else. Typically, fraud is committed when a product or service is sold, and the seller lies about the nature or quality of the thing being sold. If, in deciding to buy what the fraudster is selling, the victim relies on the false statements, the seller has committed fraud. The buyer can then sue the seller, to seek compensation for their losses. At the very least, they will typically receive the difference between the fair market value of the thing they bought, and what they paid for it.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Enfield, Connecticut as any contact by one person, with the body of another, which is offensive or harmful. Any conduct that causes physical injury, pain, or emotional distress is battery. Also, you do not need to directly touch a person with your own body to commit battery - simply directing harmful contact (say, by throwing a rock) toward another person is sufficient to create liability for battery. Battery can also arise from "offensive" contact, which is typically any physical contact that violates one's sense of personal dignity constitutes battery, and the victim could technically sue over it. However, in most cases like that, the plaintiff hasn't suffered any real harm, and will only be able to recover nominal damages, which would be far, far less than the cost of filing a lawsuit.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Enfield, Connecticut as a valid tort until the early to mid 20th Century. However, since it became available as a cause of action, it has become one of the most common sources of civil litigation in the tort context. IIED is committed when a person engages in "outrageous" conduct towards another person, with actual intent of causing mental trauma or distress, and then truly causes the intended result. Physical injuries are not necessary to prove IIED, but if the emotional trauma is so severe that it causes physical symptoms (such as a heart attack, in the most extreme cases), the defendant will be liable for them, as well.

How Can A Enfield, Connecticut Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Enfield, Connecticut, you have a legal authority to seek compensation. Moreover, if someone has sued you, alleging that you committed a tort, you have a right to mount a legal defense.

In either of those cases, you will almost certainly benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Enfield, Connecticut. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a knowledgeable lawyer will also make every effort to prevent the issue from going to trial in the first place, by attempting to negotiate a settlement with the other side that's acceptable to both parties.

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Life in Enfield

Enfield, Connecticut is a town located in Hartford County. Its current estimated population is about 46,000. Enfield, like many cities in North America, has a human history that predates by thousands of years the arrival of European settlers. Enfield, for example, was populated by Pocomtuc Tribe for thousands of years. European colonists did not arrive until 1878. It was incorporated a few years later. Until 1749, Enfield, Connecticut was legally part of Massachusetts. However, the settlement of a lawsuit brought about by a surveyor's error led to Enfield seceding from the Massachusetts colony, and becoming part of Connecticut. Modernly, Enfield and the surrounding areas are home to several natural attractions, such as parks, rivers, and hiking trails. Enfield is a fairly prosperous community, with the median family income being about ,000. Furthermore, less than 4% of the population of Enfield, Connecticut lives below the poverty line. If you are facing a legal problem in Enfield, Connecticut, no matter how large or small, it is always a good idea to seek the advice of an Enfield, Connecticut lawyer. The lawyers in Enfield, Connecticut are ready to help prospective clients with whatever legal issues they're likely to face.

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