Rochester Tort Lawyers

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

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

The law in Rochester, New York 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 Rochester, New York

Negligence: In Rochester, New York, negligence is the most commonly-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 Rochester, New York 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 often 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.

harmful or offensive, and non-consensual. For example, slapping someone on the face would be a clear case of battery, because that contact is harmful, and probably offensive as well. Unwanted physical conduct, particularly of a sexual nature, is considered offensive by just about everyone, and would also be considered battery even if it causes no physical injuries. Occasionally, a doctor will operate on the wrong body part, which the patient did not consent to be operated on. And, occasionally, doctors have performed entire operations while the patient was unconscious, which the patient didn't consent to. This is also battery, and can result in a very costly lawsuit for the doctor, though such cases are quite rare.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: This is a tort in Rochester, New York that involves emotional distress, and does not require physical harm or financial loss. It is also known by the acronym IIED. IIED is committed when a person engages in outrageous conduct towards another, with the intent of causing emotional distress, and actually causes the intended distress.

How Can A Rochester, New York Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has harmed you, either intentionally or negligently, in Rochester, New York, you might have a cause of action. On the other hand, if you find yourself in the unenviable situation of being sued for a tort, you have a right to defend yourself, and will probably want to, for obvious reasons.

In both situations, a good Rochester, New York tort lawyer will probably prove indispensable. The best thing you can do early in the process is make a good-faith effort to negotiate a settlement with the other side, to prevent the matter from going to trial in the first place, which will often prove more costly than settling. Most tort lawyers are also skilled negotiators, and will be able to help you on this front, too.

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Life in Rochester

Rochester is the second largest regional economy in the State of New York and the seat of Monroe County. They city's had a number of different names bestowed upon it such as "the World's Image Centre," "the Flour City," "and more recently, "the Flower City."

Annual Festivals like the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester-High Falls International Film Festival, ImageOut, Lesbian Gay Film Video Festival, and the Lilac Festival are all attractions bring an average of 500,000 visitors to the city. Many of them take place at the Dryden and Little Theatres. The St. Patrick's Day, Rose Festival, Irish, Greek, Gay Pride, Puerto Rican, and Cold Rush Winter Celebration parades are held in the downtown district of Rochester.

Additional tourist attractions include the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film that is the World's oldest photography museum and the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial which is the main venue for hockey and lacrosse events. The Blue Cross Arena is home to the Rochester Americans hockey team, Rochester Razorsharks basketball team, and the Knighthawks lacrosse team. The Blue Cross Arena was elected the location for the NCAA Division I Men's ice hockey league and was host to the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey East Regional.

Residents of Rochester enjoy access to a number of bar certified local lawyers. Rochester lawyers regularly practice in local courts and many have specific areas of expertise. If you've been injured, have an immigration issue, or even just want to secure your will, Rochester lawyers can advise you on different options of which you may not be aware.

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