Cranston Tort Lawyers

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

Essentially, any bad act in Cranston, Rhode Island 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."

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

Negligence: In Cranston, Rhode Island, 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 particular 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 very careless, and everybody should know this. Of course, there are many other cases, most of them far less obvious, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is another common tort litigated in Cranston, 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. Usually, 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 usually receive the difference between the fair market value of the thing they bought, and what they paid for it.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Cranston, Rhode Island as any contact by one person, with the body of another, which is offensive or harmful. Any conduct that causes physical injury, pain, or emotional distress is battery. Also, you do not need to actually touch a person with your own body to commit battery - simply directing harmful contact (say, by throwing a rock) toward another person is sufficient to create liability for battery. Battery can also arise from "offensive" contact, which is essentially any physical contact that violates one's sense of personal dignity constitutes battery, and the victim could technically sue over it. Nonetheless, in most cases like that, the plaintiff hasn't sustained any real harm, and will only be able to recover nominal damages, which would be far, far less than the cost of filing a lawsuit.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: This is a tort in Cranston, Rhode Island that involves emotional distress, and does not need 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 Cranston, Rhode Island Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Cranston, Rhode Island, you have a right to go to court and try to prove your case. On the other hand, if you find that you are being sued for a tort, and believe that you aren't liable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In either of those situations, you will almost definitely benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Cranston, Rhode Island. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a reputable lawyer will also make every effort to prevent the issue from going to trial in the first place, by attempting to negotiate a settlement with the other side that's acceptable to both parties.

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Life in Cranston

Cranston is located in Providence County, Rhode Island, It was once called Pawtuxet. It is the third largest city in the state, with a population of 80,387 per the 2010 census.

Interestingly, Money Magazine named the city amongst the "100 Best Place to Live" in 2006. CQ Press's conducted research ranks Cranston amongst the "Twenty-Five Top Safest Cities in the U.S."

Popular attractions include the Warwick Mall and the CLCF Building. One unfortunate reason the city is known is because in 2010, the Pawtuxet River overflowed, adversely affecting many prominent sites and residences around Cranston.

Famous residents include A.J. Smith, Deon Anderson, Hugh Duffy, Mark Van Eeghen, Michael Parkhurst, Vinny Paz, Will Blackmon, Tom Denucci, Jeff Diehl, and Mike Stud.

Cranston is also home to attorneys that are able to provide residents and local businesses with excellent legal advice. Therefore, residents and business owners do not need to travel far to have their legal needs taken care of.

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