Ithaca Tort Lawyers

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In Ithaca, New York, a "tort" is any wrongful act, besides a breach of contract or a crime, that the judicial system can remedy.

In Ithaca, New York, when a tort is committed, and the victim of the tort is vested with a right to sue the individual who committed the tort, they are said to have a "cause of action."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Ithaca, New York recognize a very large number of different torts. However, most of these torts are largely relics of history, and are no longer litigated very frequently, 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 Ithaca, New York

Negligence: In Ithaca, New York, 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 particular 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 very careless, and everybody should know this. Of course, there are many other cases, most of them far less obvious, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is another common tort litigated in Ithaca, New York 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 is defined by the law of Ithaca, New York 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 actually 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 essentially any physical contact that violates one's sense of personal dignity constitutes battery, and the victim could technically sue over it. Nonetheless, in most cases like that, the plaintiff hasn't sustained 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, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Ithaca, New York as a legitimate tort until the early to mid 20th Century. Nonetheless, since it became available as a cause of action, it has become one of the most common sources of civil litigation in the tort context. IIED is committed when a person engages in "outrageous" conduct towards another person, with actual intent of causing mental trauma or distress, and then actually causes the intended result. Physical injuries are not necessary to prove IIED, but if the emotional trauma is so severe that it causes physical symptoms (such as a heart attack, in the most extreme cases), the defendant will be liable for them, as well.

How Can A Ithaca, New York Tort Lawyer Help?

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

In either of those situations, you will almost definitely benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Ithaca, New York. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a reputable 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 Ithaca

Named after the Greek island of Ithaca, Ithaca New York is a charming city to live, work, and explore. Home to 30,000 residents, Ithaca is located in Central New York. The east coast city is located on the Southern end of the Cayuga Lake, which provides Ithaca with a moderate continental climate.

Ithaca is most famous for playing home to the Ivy League School, Cornell. Cornell has an undergraduate population of close to 20,000 students and the city is happy to play host to the undergraduate and graduate school campus. Not surprisingly, Ithaca has a very college town feel and a lot of the shopping, food, bars, and main street are tailored to their young students. Cornell also has a top-ranking law school that yields many top lawyers that choose to stay in Ithaca and practice law there. It is no wonder then, that Ithaca lawyers are highly sought after for their legal prowess.

Ithaca is also known for being one of the more culturally liberal towns in America. Whether it is the education, arts, musics, or museums, Ithaca is always on the cutting edge. Ithca is a wonderful town to visit any season.

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