Reading Tort Lawyers

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

Typically, any bad act in Reading, Pennsylvania that gives you the legal right to sue the person who committed the act, is a tort. Your particular right to sue is called a "cause of action."

The law of Reading, 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 Reading, Pennsylvania

Negligence: In Reading, Pennsylvania, negligence is the most frequently-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 instance, 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 anyone 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: Fraud is another prevalent tort litigated in Reading, Pennsylvania courts. Fraud is defined as the deliberate misrepresentation of facts made for financial, or other personal gain, which causes harm to someone else. Typically, 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 typically receive the difference between the fair market value of the thing they bought, and what they paid for it.

Battery: Battery in Reading, Pennsylvania is defined as any harmful or offensive contact with the person of another, without the victim's consent. Punching someone in the face would qualify as battery, as would basically any unwanted physical contact, particularly of a sexual nature. It can also occur when a doctor operates on a body part without the patient's consent.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Reading, Pennsylvania, and it was not identified 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. Moreover, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Establishing 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 Reading, Pennsylvania Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has injured you, either intentionally or negligently, in Reading, 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 likely want to, for apparent reasons.

In either situation, a Reading, Pennsylvania 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 Reading

Reading is located in southeast Pennsylvania. Specifically it is in Berks County. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 88,082 people. Similarly populated cities include Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie.

A very popular spot for visitors is the Reading Public Museum. The reason why this is such a popular attraction is because it is an art, science and history museum in one! Therefore, visitors can escape into many worlds by visiting this one site. Another popular site is the Reading Pagoda, which is located on top of Mount Penn. The view from this area is supposedly breathtaking.

Top employers include Boscov's, Wal-Mart, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Berks County, East Penn Manufacturing Co., The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Reading School District. Reading is also home to many attorneys who practice law in various areas. These attorneys provide excellent legal guidance to employers, small businesses and local residents.

Overall, Reading is a charming place to visit and wonderful place to call home.

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