Haverford Tort Lawyers

Find the right Litigation attorney in Haverford, PA

Litigation Lawyers in Haverford

A "tort" in Haverford, Pennsylvania is basically any legally-recognized harm for which the victim is legally entitled to pursue compensation from the perpetrator.

Essentially, any bad act in Haverford, Pennsylvania 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 Haverford, Pennsylvania 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 Haverford, Pennsylvania

Negligence: In Haverford, Pennsylvania, 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: In Haverford, Pennsylvania, fraud is a fairly common tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as common as negligence. To put it in the simplest terms possible, fraud is a deliberate lie that causes tangible harm (such as financial loss) to the person to whom the lie is told. Fraud is committed in a wide variety of contexts, but it most often occurs when someone is trying to sell a product for more than it's worth. They might lie to a prospective buyer about the product's quality or value. If the buyer relies on this misrepresentation when deciding to buy the product, they are the victim of fraud, and have a right to sue the seller for their financial losses, and possibly recover punitive damages.

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: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Haverford, Pennsylvania, 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 Haverford, Pennsylvania Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has harmed you, either intentionally or negligently, in Haverford, Pennsylvania, 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 either case, a Haverford, Pennsylvania attorney who is experienced in handling tort cases will be able to help. Your lawyer can advise you on the best trial strategy, should the case go to trial, and negotiate with the other side, to try and reach a resolution that both parties can live with.

Talk to a Law Attorney now!

Life in Haverford

Haverford is an unincorporated area located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It is situated partially in Haverford Township and also in Lower Merion Township. The town derives its name from the town of Haverfordwest in the country of Wales. Its name has also been translated to mean "goat crossing", which is a Welsh term.

Haverford is noted for being the site of excellent educational facilities, namely Haverford College. Also, the city is famous for being home to the Merion Cricket Club, which is one of the oldest country clubs in the entire U.S.

Residents enjoy ample opportunities for recreation and entertainment in the town of Haverford. Also, those wishing to visit nearby cities can do so with relative ease, as the Paoli/Northwest commuter rail system connects Haverford directly to Philadelphia. Famous residents of Haverford have included author Catherine Drinker Bowen and John C. (Jack) Bogle, a popular financial guru.

Lawyers in Haverford serve the community through outstanding legal service and representation. Haverford, Pennsylvania lawyers are an essential part of the social and professional integrity that marks the community.

Clients Rate LegalMatch Attorneys
(click to read reviews)

Howard B.
Howard B.

Business - Litigation

Rye Brook, NY

Mark B.
Mark B.

Business - Litigation

Roseland, NJ

David A.
David A.

Business - Litigation

Walnut Creek, CA