Natick Tort Lawyers

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

In Natick, 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 Natick, 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 Natick, Massachusetts

Negligence: In Natick, 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 Natick, 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.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Natick, Massachusetts 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, or IIED, is a relatively new tort in Natick, Massachusetts. 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 typically comes in the form of a report from a psychiatrist who evaluated the plaintiff's mental condition.

How Can A Natick, Massachusetts Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Natick, Massachusetts, 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 responsible, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In both situations, a knowledgeable Natick, Massachusetts 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 Natick

Located only 15 miles from the state capital of Boston, Natik Massacheutts is a cute suburban town in the greater Boston area. In fact, miles 8-12 of the famous Boston Marathon go through the city. Natick is home to just under 33,000 residents. Natik, which means place of hills, is rather aptly named as the topography of the sixteen mile city is quite hilly. First settled in 1651 by a Puritan missionary, Natick has been growing ever since. There are many religious and secular points of interests in Natick, including: Temple Israel of Natick, BJ's Wholesale Club, and The Bacon Free Library. Natick also has a high number of public and private schools, making the city's education system second to none. Many Bostonians live in Natick and make the simple trek into the city. With the close proximity to Boston, which is home to Harvard Law School, among many others, it is not surprising how many great lawyers call Natick home. Ranging from property law to contract law to divorce issues, Natick lawyers have been trained in some of the best schools in the nation.

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