Hackensack Tort Lawyers

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

In Hackensack, New Jersey, 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 Hackensack, New Jersey 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 Hackensack, New Jersey

Negligence: This is by far the tort that is most commonly dealt with in the courts of Hackensack, New Jersey. Put simply, negligence is a failure to exercise a reasonable amount of care, and causing harm to someone as a result. For instance, driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit is obviously very careless. So, if you are driving that fast, and your speed causes you to get into an accident that harms someone else (either their body or their property), you have committed negligence, and will be required to compensate the victim for the harm that you caused. You should know, however, that this is just an noticeable example, and there are a practically infinite number of situations in which a negligence lawsuit can arise.

Fraud: Fraud is an intentional tort, unlike negligence. It is also dealt with fairly often by courts in Hackensack, New Jersey. Fraud is a lie that one person tells to another, with the intent to harm the other person, normally 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 Hackensack, 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, or IIED, is a relatively new tort in Hackensack, New Jersey. 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 normally comes in the form of a report from a psychiatrist who evaluated the plaintiff's mental condition.

How Can A Hackensack, New Jersey Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Hackensack, 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 Hackensack, 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 Hackensack

Hackensack is located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Its official name is New Barbadoes Township. In 1921, the name informally became Hackensack. It is located about twelve miles from Midtown Manhattan,, and about seven miles from the George Washington Bridge. It is home to around 43,000 people.

Some popular sites include Fairleigh Dickinson University, the New Jersey Naval Museum, the World War II submarine USS Ling display, the First Dutch Reformed Church, The Shops at Riverside (Riverside Square Mall), and Bergen Museum of Art Science.

Some famous residents include Debby Boone, Philip Carey, Samuel Cooper, Harold Dow, Jim Finn, Dave Fiore, Mike Fratello, David Grisman, Matt Herr, John Huyler, Dave Scott, Douglas Watt, and Teresa Weatherspoon.

Hackensack is also home to attorneys who have established their practices in their local city. Thus, the legal needs of residents and local businesses will always be taken care of.

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