Cherry Hill Tort Lawyers

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In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a "tort" is any wrongful act, besides a breach of contract or a crime, that the legal system can remedy.

Basically, any bad act in Cherry Hill, New Jersey 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."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Cherry Hill, New Jersey recognize a very massive number of different torts. However, most of these torts are largely relics of history, and are no longer litigated very often, if at all. There are only a few that the average person has a decent chance of dealing with at least once in their lives. They include, but aren't limited to, negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Negligence: In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, negligence is the most often-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: Unlike negligence, fraud is an intentional tort. Like negligence, courts in Cherry Hill, New Jersey deal with it quite frequently. Put simply, fraud is a lie told for personal gain. It requires an affirmative misrepresentation, which the speaker knows to be false, intended to induce the victim to render some benefit to the speaker, which causes actual harm (such as financial loss) to the victim. It happens most commonly when somebody is trying to sell something for more than it's worth, and lies about the nature or value of the product to the buyer. If the buyer relies on the seller's false statements of fact in making the decision to buy the product, the seller has committed fraud. In such a case, the buyer is legally entitled to compensation for the harm suffered as a result of the fraud.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Cherry Hill, New Jersey 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 really 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 basically 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 is also called IIED in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 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. Additionally, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Showing 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 Cherry Hill, New Jersey Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 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 accountable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In either case, a Cherry Hill, New Jersey 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 Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill is located in New Jersey's Camden County. It is the thirteenth largest city in the state and is home to around 70,000 people. Cherry Hill is included in the Delaware Valley coastal plain. The city is about five miles outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In fact, some call Cherry Hill the "edge city" of Philadelphia.

The top employers are Subaru of America, Pinnacle Foods, and Commerce Bancorp. A popular site for residents and visitors is Cherry Hill Mall. This mall is distinguished from others because it was the first enclosed shopping mall in the eastern United States. It opened in October 1961.

In 2006, Money Magazine named the city amongst the "Best Places to Live." Money Magazine also ranked it the eighth safest city to live in. Philadelphia Magazine, in 2006, named Cherry Hill amongst the "Best Places to Live" as well.

Many attorneys call Cherry Hill home. Along with safety, residents can also remain rest assured because any and every of their legal inquiries can be adequately handled by the legal force in Cherry Hill.

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