Philadelphia Tort Lawyers

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

Typically, any bad act in Philadelphia, 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 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recognizes various dozen different torts, but only a few of them are truly litigated with any frequency, and many of them are relics of a bygone age. However, there are a few torts that are litigated very frequently. These torts are negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Negligence: Negligence is by far the most prevalent tort that results in litigation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Negligence is a failure to exercise the amount of care appropriate for a given situation, and causing harm to someone else as a result of this carelessness. For example, running a red light is inherently careless. If you run a red light, and cause personal injury or property damage, you are liable for the harm you caused. Of course, this is just one example, and negligence can occur in essentially any context.

Fraud: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, fraud is a fairly prevalent tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as prevalent 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.

element of battery is pretty straightforward: if you engage in physical contact with another that causes pain and/or injury, you've committed battery. It's crucial to note that the contact does not need to be harmful to amount to battery - it can also be offensive. What constitutes "offensive" contact is largely subjective, and unless the conduct is truly sleazy (unwanted sexual contact, for example), a battery lawsuit is pretty unlikely to result. One of the more severe forms of battery can occur when a patient is in surgery, and the surgeon, for whatever reason, operates on the wrong body part. Because the patient did not consent to this contact, the surgeon has committed a severe form of battery.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a valid tort until the early to mid 20th Century. However, 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 truly 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you have a legal authority to seek compensation. Moreover, if someone has sued you, alleging that you committed a tort, you have a right to mount a legal defense.

In both examples, a knowledgeable Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a place filled with history. Liberty Bell is a popular attraction where people go to take picture around the bell and enjoy its beautiful sound. Philadelphia is also home to the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, therefore many people visit Independence Hall on a daily basis.

Other favorite attractions include the Philadelphia Zoo, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Rittenhouse Square, Penn's Landing, which gives a marvelous view of the Delaware River. In many ways, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia have a lot in common because both places are metropolitan, fun, and filled with history! This is why many enjoy Philadelphia so much.

Alongside the history is the thriving legal industry. Philadelphia is filled with large firms that practice in many areas of law, as well as small boutique law firms that focus on a particular practice. This being so, no legal need will be unattended in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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