Duluth Tort Lawyers

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

In Duluth, Georgia, when a tort is committed, and the victim of the tort is vested with a right to sue the person who committed the tort, they are said to have a "cause of action."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Duluth, Georgia recognize a very massive 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 Duluth, Georgia

Negligence: Negligence is by far the most frequent tort that results in litigation in Duluth, Georgia. Negligence is a failure to exercise the amount of care appropriate for a given situation, and causing harm to someone else as a result of this carelessness. For example, running a red light is inherently careless. If you run a red light, and cause personal injury or property damage, you are liable for the harm you caused. Of course, this is just one example, and negligence can occur in virtually any context.

Fraud: Fraud is an intentional tort, unlike negligence. It is also dealt with fairly often by courts in Duluth, Georgia. Fraud is a lie that one person tells to another, with the intent to harm the other person, normally by inducing them to give money or property to the person committing the fraud. Fraud can occur in a wide variety of different contexts. For example, suppose a jeweler tries to sell a fake diamond to a customer, by passing it off as the real thing. If the customer believes the jeweler's lie, and bases his buying decision on it, the jeweler has committed fraud. If the customer discovers this fraud, he will be able to sue the jeweler, and recover, at the very least, the difference between the value of the fake diamond, and what he paid for it.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Duluth, Georgia 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 really 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 basically 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, or IIED, is a relatively new tort in Duluth, Georgia. It is committed when someone deliberately causes emotional distress or trauma to another person by engaging in outrageous conduct, with the intent of causing such distress. Note that the defendant does not need to cause physical injuries to the plaintiff to be liable for IIED, but the plaintiff does have to produce evidence that they suffered emotional distress. This evidence normally comes in the form of a report from a psychiatrist who evaluated the plaintiff's mental condition.

How Can A Duluth, Georgia Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Duluth, Georgia, 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 accountable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In both situations, a brilliant Duluth, Georgia tort lawyer will probably prove indispensable. The best thing you can do early in the process is make a good-faith effort to negotiate a settlement with the other side, to prevent the matter from going to trial in the first place, which will often prove more costly than settling. Most tort lawyers are also skilled negotiators, and will be able to help you on this front, too.

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Life in Duluth

Duluth, Georgia is a small city located in Gwinnett County. It has a population of about 26,000 people.

Duluth, Georgia is a rapidly-growing suburb of Atlanta. It is home to several major regional shopping centers, and has natrual attractions nearby, such as Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier. These attractions make for a wide variety of available recreational activities, including boating and hiking.

As with many cities in the U.S., Duluth, Georigastarted out as a small trading post, and expanded rapidly with the arrival of a railroad in the 19th Century.

Duluth's modern economy focuses largely on the healthcare sector, and attracts a variety of professionals, including doctors, nurses, and administrative professionals. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Duluth, Georgia as one of the top places in the U.S. for professionals to relocate to, owing to its high quality of life, low cost, and robust job market.

There are plenty of Duluth, Georgia lawyers who can handle just about any type of legal case that an average person is likely to encounter. Whatever legal problem you may have, there is a very good chance that a Duluth, Georgia lawyer can help you solve it.

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