Hamden Tort Lawyers

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

In Hamden, 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 Hamden, Connecticut recognize a very large 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 Hamden, Connecticut

Negligence: In Hamden, Connecticut, negligence is the most commonly-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: Unlike negligence, fraud is an intentional tort. Like negligence, courts in Hamden, Connecticut 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 often 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.

Battery: Battery in Hamden, Connecticut is defined as any harmful or offensive contact with the person of another, without the victim's consent. Punching someone in the face would qualify as battery, as would essentially any unwanted physical contact, particularly of a sexual nature. It can also occur when a doctor operates on a body part without the patient's consent.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Hamden, Connecticut, and it was not recognized as a valid cause of action until fairly recently (for the longest time, physical harm was a requirement before someone could sue for tort damages). To hold a defendant liable for IIED, it must be shown that the defendant engaged in some type of outrageous conduct, targeted at the plaintiff. Furthermore, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Proving that actual emotional distress occurred is the most difficult element of this tort, and the plaintiff's word is far from sufficient. It often requires intensive examination by a psychiatrist, who will then testify as to the plaintiff's mental state.

How Can A Hamden, Connecticut Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Hamden, Connecticut, 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 liable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

Whatever your situation, a tort lawyer who has experience in representing people in Hamden, Connecticut tort cases can advise you on the best way to proceed, and give you the best chance of winning your case, whatever side you're on.

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Life in Hamden

The town of Hamden is situated in New Haven County, Connecticut, about halfway between New York and Boston. It has a population of about 58,000 and is a suburb of New Haven city. Hamden is nicknamed "the land of the Sleeping Giant", after the unique Sleeping Giant hill formation located in the more rural northern section of town.

Hamden has been described as a unique blend of both urban and suburban ways of life. This is demonstrated by its outstanding educational resources and its "New England charm". It was listed as #33 on Fortune Magazine's list of "Best Places to Live and Launch".

Besides its residential appeal, Hamden boasts a considerable amount of industry and commercial activities. Major employers in Hamden include Quinnipiac University, Area Cooperative Education Services, and Harborside Health Care. Many residents also enjoy a pleasant commute to neighboring cities such as New Haven.

Lawyers in Hamden are active in both the business community and local government efforts. Hamden, Connecticut lawyers will usually begin their representation of clients by filing at the New Haven Superior Court, which handles a wide range of criminal and civil matters.

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