Port Orange Tort Lawyers

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In Port Orange, Florida, a "tort" is specified as any civil wrong, besides breach of contract, for which the law provides a remedy.

In Port Orange, Florida, when a tort is committed, and the victim of the tort is vested with a right to sue the individual who committed the tort, they are said to have a "cause of action."

The law of Port Orange, Florida recognizes several dozen different torts, but only a few of them are actually litigated with any frequency, and many of them are relics of a bygone age. However, there are a few torts that are litigated very often. These torts are negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Port Orange, Florida

Negligence: This is by far the tort that is most often dealt with in the courts of Port Orange, Florida. Put simply, negligence is a failure to exercise a reasonable amount of care, and causing harm to someone as a result. For instance, driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit is obviously very careless. So, if you are driving that fast, and your speed causes you to get into an accident that harms someone else (either their body or their property), you have committed negligence, and will be obligated to compensate the victim for the harm that you caused. You should know, however, that this is just an obvious example, and there are a practically infinite number of situations in which a negligence lawsuit can arise.

Fraud: In Port Orange, Florida, fraud is a fairly common tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as common as negligence. To put it in the simplest terms possible, fraud is a deliberate lie that causes tangible harm (such as financial loss) to the person to whom the lie is told. Fraud is committed in a wide variety of contexts, but it most often happens when someone is trying to sell a product for more than it's worth. They might lie to a prospective buyer about the product's quality or value. If the buyer relies on this misrepresentation when deciding to buy the product, they are the victim of fraud, and have a right to sue the seller for their financial losses, and possibly recover punitive damages.

Battery: Battery in Port Orange, Florida 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 basically 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 Port Orange, Florida, and it was not identified 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 Port Orange, Florida Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Port Orange, Florida, you have a right to go to court and try 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.

In either situation, a Port Orange, Florida 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 Port Orange

Port Orange is a city in Florida with a population a little over 500,000 people. It seen known as a principal city in Florida's Fun Coast region.

Many businesses of all sizes call Port Orange home. The largest employers include the education, health care and government areas. Specifically, Halifax Hospital, Northstar Food Service, Thompson Pump and Manufacturing, Don Bell Industries, Meypack Packaging Systems, La-Man Inc., Sun Coast Imaging, and the Palmer College of Chiropractic are the top employers. To support these employers and industries, Port Orange has many law firms capable of serving residents' and businesses' legal needs.

Some popular residents of Port Orange have included Thomas Block, Brittany Croxford, John Travolta, Mike Skinner, and Ryan Lochte.

All in all, Port Orange is a medium sized city with small town charm that offers residents a wonderful quality of life!

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