Bel Air Tort Lawyers

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

In Bel Air, Maryland, 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 Bel Air, Maryland 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 Bel Air, Maryland

Negligence: Negligence is the most frequently-litigated tort in Bel Air, Maryland's civil litigation system. Negligence occurs when somebody does not exercise the level of care that a "reasonable person" would exercise in a similar situation, and causes an injury as a direct result. As an example, most people know that running a stop sign at high speed is very careless, and no reasonable person would be expected to do such a thing. Doing so clearly falls below the ordinary standard of care. So, if a person runs a stop sign at high speed, and hits another car, causing injuries and property damage, they will be liable to the person they harmed for the cost of whatever harm they caused.

Fraud: Fraud is an intentional tort, unlike negligence. It is also dealt with fairly often by courts in Bel Air, Maryland. 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: The law in Bel Air, Maryland defines battery as any harmful or offensive contact by one person, with the body of another person, without the consent of the victim. Any punch, kick, strike, or slap would clearly amount to battery, since it is harmful, unless it results in a context where the person being battered consented to it (a lawful boxing match, for example). However, conduct that doesn't cause any physical harm, but is "offensive," can also be considered battery. This most often comes up when one person initiates unwanted sexual contact with another.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, or IIED, is a relatively new tort in Bel Air, Maryland. 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 Bel Air, Maryland Tort Lawyer Help?

If you have been the victim of a tort in , Maryland, you have the authority to seek legal redress. And if you have been sued for a tort, you have a right to defend yourself.

In either case, a Bel Air, Maryland attorney who is efficient in handling tort cases will be able to help. Your lawyer can advise you on the best trial strategy, should the case go to trial, and negotiate with the other side, to try and reach a resolution that both parties can live with.

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Life in Bel Air

Bel Air is located in Harford County, Maryland. When Bel Air comes to mind, people usually think of the popular television sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," or Bel Air in Los Angeles, California. However, this quaint town in Maryland has a population of a little over 11,000 people. It is home to a very diverse population of people with a median household income of around ,135.

The hospital and school district system are the primary employers. Bel Air is also home to some practicing attorneys who aid residents with their legal needs, while providing excellent and personalized legal servies.

Although a small town, Bel Air has been the home of some very famous people. Famous residents include John Archer, John Wilkes Booth, Augustus Bradford, Kimmie, Meissner, Melvin Mora, Herman Stump, Jay Witasick, and Pat Healey.

All in all, Bel Air is a wonderful place to live that offers residents small town charm along with an unified community spirit.

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