West Warwick Tort Lawyers

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

Essentially, any bad act in West Warwick, 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 West Warwick, 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 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 West Warwick, Rhode Island

Negligence: In West Warwick, 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 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: Fraud is an intentional tort, unlike negligence. It is also dealt with fairly often by courts in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Fraud is a lie that one person tells to another, with the intent to harm the other person, usually by inducing them to give money or property to the person committing the fraud. Fraud can occur in a wide variety of different contexts. For example, suppose a jeweler tries to sell a fake diamond to a customer, by passing it off as the real thing. If the customer believes the jeweler's lie, and bases his buying decision on it, the jeweler has committed fraud. If the customer discovers this fraud, he will be able to sue the jeweler, and recover, at the very least, the difference between the value of the fake diamond, and what he paid for it.

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, also known as IIED, was not recognized in West Warwick, Rhode Island 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 actually 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 West Warwick, Rhode Island Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has harmed you, either intentionally or negligently, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, 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 West Warwick, 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 West Warwick

West Warwick is located in Rhode Island's Kent County. Per the 2010 census, its population is 29,191 people.

The city is surrounded by the Pawtuxet River. An unfortunate incident involving the Pawtuxet was that in 2010, extreme rainfall caused the water level to rise approximately 21 feet. This caused flooding throughout must of the city.

Popular sites include Arctic, Centerville, Clyde, Lippitt Mill and Natick.

West Warwick, along with surrounding cities, together comprise of a very competent legal force. Attorneys in the wide area practice in many fields of law and are very experienced. Thus residents do not have to travel far to seek competent legal counsel.

Overall, Westwarwick is a charming, quaint place to live or visit!

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