Bristol Tort Lawyers

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

Typically, any bad act in Bristol, Rhode Island 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."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Bristol, Rhode Island recognize a very considerable number of different torts. However, most of these torts are largely relics of history, and are no longer litigated very often, 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 Bristol, Rhode Island

Negligence: In Bristol, Rhode Island, negligence is, far and away, the most prevalent 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 apparent, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is another prevalent tort litigated in Bristol, Rhode Island 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.

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 essential 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: Also known as IIED in Bristol, Rhode Island, intentional infliction of emotional distress is a fairly new cause of action, having not been recognized until the 20th century. In order to succeed in an IIED lawsuit, the plaintiff has to establish that the defendant engaged in some kind of "outrageous" conduct, which was severe enough to "shock the conscience" of a reasonable person. They must also show that the defendant directly intended to cause emotional distress, and did, in fact, cause severe emotional distress. Proving that the plaintiff suffered trauma or distress as a result of the defendant's conduct is not as easy as it may sound, and usually requires the testimony of a psychiatric professional who has examined the plaintiff.

How Can A Bristol, Rhode Island Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Bristol, Rhode Island, 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 either case, a Bristol, Rhode Island 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 Bristol

Bristol is located in Bristol County, Rhode Island. It is a small city with a population of around 23,000 people. It is a seaport that is named after Bristol, England. In fact, the atmosphere at Bristol Harbor is very serene and peaceful. It is one of Bristol's most beautiful spots!

Major industries that drive Bristol's economy include boat building, manufacturing and tourism. Some great attractions include America's Cup Hall of Fame, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol County Jail, Bristol County Courthouse, Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Colt State Park, Gillary's Tavern, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Linden Place, Mount Hope Bridge, Poppasquash Farms Historic District, Joseph Reynolds House, and Coggeshall Farm Museum. As evident, Bristol is a history-lover's delight!

Bristol is also home to many law offices established by competent attorneys. These attorneys are well-experienced in many areas of law, making them easily able to handle the legal needs of residents and local businesses.

All in all, Bristol has it all--beauty, history, charm, and serenity!

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