Goldsboro Tort Lawyers

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In Goldsboro, North Carolina, a "tort" is any wrongful act, besides a breach of contract or a crime, that the legal system can remedy.

Essentially, any bad act in Goldsboro, North Carolina that gives you the legal right to sue the person who committed the act, is a tort. Your specific right to sue is called a "cause of action."

The law in Goldsboro, North Carolina 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 Goldsboro, North Carolina

Negligence: In Goldsboro, North Carolina, negligence is, far and away, the most common 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 obvious, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is another common tort litigated in Goldsboro, North Carolina courts. Fraud is defined as the deliberate misrepresentation of facts made for financial, or other personal gain, which causes harm to someone else. Usually, fraud is committed when a product or service is sold, and the seller lies about the nature or quality of the thing being sold. If, in deciding to buy what the fraudster is selling, the victim relies on the false statements, the seller has committed fraud. The buyer can then sue the seller, to seek compensation for their losses. At the very least, they will usually receive the difference between the fair market value of the thing they bought, and what they paid for it.

Battery: Battery in Goldsboro, North Carolina is defined as any harmful or offensive contact with the person of another, without the victim's consent. Punching someone in the face would qualify as battery, as would essentially any unwanted physical contact, particularly of a sexual nature. It can also occur when a doctor operates on a body part without the patient's consent.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Goldsboro, North Carolina, 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. Furthermore, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Proving 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 Goldsboro, North Carolina Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Goldsboro, North Carolina, 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 liable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In either of those cases, you will almost certainly benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a good 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 Goldsboro

Goldsboro, North Carolina is a city of approximately 40,000 people. It is located in Wayne County, of which it is the county seat. Goldsboro is currently home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, which is home to thousands of personnel and a major player in the local economy, bringing in young, intelligent people from all over the country. Goldsboro, North Carolina is the site of one of the most chilling incidents of the Cold War: in 1961, and American aircraft carrying two nuclear weapons broke up in midair. It released both of its bombs, and they went through several stages of the arming process. Thankfully, neither of them detonated. One of the bombs was recovered. The other landed in a muddy swamp, and was never found. It is still assumed to be buried about 55 feet underground, and has never been found. The military bought the land to prevent anyone from trying to find the bomb. Modernly, Goldsboro is home to several parks and historical sites, which are popular destinations for visitors. If you live in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and need an attorney, chances are you'll be able to find one. Goldsboro, North Carolina is home to many competent and compassionate lawyers who can handle whatever legal problem you have.

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