Methuen Tort Lawyers

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A "tort" is defined in Methuen, Massachusetts as a legal wrong, not criminal in nature, for which the law provides compensation to the victim.

In Methuen, Massachusetts, 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."

The law in Methuen, Massachusetts recognizes dozens of different torts. Some of them are fairly obscure, and don't come up often, and are largely relics of the common law. The torts that a person is most likely to deal with at some point in his or her life are negligence, fraud, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Types of Torts in Methuen, Massachusetts

Negligence: In Methuen, Massachusetts, negligence is, far and away, the most prevalent tort that the civil litigation system has to deal with. Negligence is a failure to exercise the level of caution that's necessary in a given situation, and causing harm (physical injury or property damage) as a direct result of this failure. An obvious example is drunk driving. If a person is drunk behind the wheel, and causes an accident, they are clearly going to be required to compensate the victim for whatever harm they cause, since driving while intoxicated is extremely careless, and everybody should know this. Of course, there are many other situations, most of them far less apparent, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is an intentional tort, unlike negligence. It is also dealt with fairly often by courts in Methuen, Massachusetts. Fraud is a lie that one person tells to another, with the intent to harm the other person, typically 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.

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: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Methuen, Massachusetts 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 Methuen, Massachusetts Tort Lawyer Help?

If you think that someone might have committed a tort against you in Methuen, Massachusetts, you can sue the alleged wrongdoer to seek compensation for your injuries. And, of course, if you are being sued for a tort (or anything else), you are absolutely entitled to put up the best legal defense you can.

In either of those cases, you will almost certainly benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Methuen, Massachusetts. 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 Methuen

Methuen, Massachusetts is a city in Essex County. It has a population of approximately 45,000 people.

The city was founded in 1642, around the time when England was working very hard to colonize North America, particularly the region now known as New England.

Methuen is located about 30 miles away from Boston, making that city easily accessible for people who live in Methuen, but work in Boston, or who simply want to visit the city.

Methuen boasts a large historical district, which contains many important historical landmarks. The district was created in 1992 to preserve the "Searles Tenney Nevins Historic District" because it was viewed as one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Massachusetts, and worthy of preservation. Visitors and residents alike are to visit many points of historical interest, such as the music hall, memorial library, and the Urias Hardy House.

Methuen has an active legal community, which is always ready to serve the legal needs of Methuen, Massachusetts residents. Methuen, Massachusetts lawyers can probably handle nearly any case that a resident of Methuen might have.

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