Waterford Tort Lawyers

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

When a tort is committed in Waterford, Michigan, thereby giving the victim the legal right to sue the person who allegedly harmed them, the victim's right to sue is identified as a "cause of action."

The law in Waterford, Michigan 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 Waterford, Michigan

Negligence: In Waterford, Michigan, negligence is the most frequently-litigated tort. It is defined as a failure to act (in any situation) with a reasonable level of care, and causing harm as a result of that carelessness. For example, if a store that's open to the public fails to remove ice from its front entrance, or put up any kind of warning, even though it knows that the ice is there, it is not exercising reasonable care. If someone is injured as a result, the store owner will likely be required to compensate them for their injuries. This is, obviously, just an example.

Fraud: In Waterford, Michigan, fraud is a fairly prevalent tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as prevalent 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 occurs 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: The law in Waterford, Michigan 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 is also called IIED in Waterford, Michigan, and it was not recognized 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. Moreover, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Establishing 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 Waterford, Michigan Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Waterford, Michigan, you have a legal authority to seek compensation. Moreover, if someone has sued you, alleging that you committed a tort, you have a right to mount a legal defense.

In either case, a Waterford, Michigan 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 Waterford

The beautiful city of Waterford, Michigan is the third largest township in the state of Michigan with just over 73,000 residents. The self-proclaimed "Lakeside Paradise" is located in Oakland County Michigan and was established in 1834. Waterford is a city that has a lot to offer both residents and visitors alike. The city of Waterford is located in Oakland County, and its central location makes it a very easy city to live in. Wateford is located on 35.3 square miles and has lots of parks, trails, and other activities for people to enjoy. Additionally, the Oakland County International Airport is located in Waterford, making for easy access in and out of the city of Waterford.

Waterford has a thriving professional community with many talented doctor, lawyers, accountants, and businessman working in various capacities. Waterford lawyers are some of the best in the business, and many come from the University of Michigan Law School and settle to practice in Waterford. Whatever the legal issue is, a Waterfod lawyer is available to help!

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