Greenwood Tort Lawyers

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

Essentially, any bad act in Greenwood, South Carolina 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 Greenwood, South Carolina 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 Greenwood, South Carolina

Negligence: In Greenwood, South Carolina, negligence is the most commonly-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 example, 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 someone 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: Unlike negligence, fraud is an intentional tort. Like negligence, courts in Greenwood, South Carolina deal with it quite frequently. Put simply, fraud is a lie told for personal gain. It requires an affirmative misrepresentation, which the speaker knows to be false, intended to induce the victim to render some benefit to the speaker, which causes actual harm (such as financial loss) to the victim. It happens most often when somebody is trying to sell something for more than it's worth, and lies about the nature or value of the product to the buyer. If the buyer relies on the seller's false statements of fact in making the decision to buy the product, the seller has committed fraud. In such a case, the buyer is legally entitled to compensation for the harm suffered as a result of the fraud.

Battery: Battery in Greenwood, South Carolina 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 virtually 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 Greenwood, South Carolina, and it was not recognized 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. Furthermore, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Proving 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 Greenwood, South Carolina Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Greenwood, South Carolina, you have a right to go to court and attempt 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.

Whatever your situation, a tort lawyer who has experience in representing people in Greenwood, South Carolina tort cases can advise you on the best way to proceed, and give you the best chance of winning your case, whatever side you're on.

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Life in Greenwood

Greenwood is a city in Greenwood County, South Carolina. It is the county seat of Greenwood County, and has a population of about 23,000 people. Greenwood, South Carolina is home to the annual Festival of Flowers, which happens in early June. The festival is sponsored by a local company, Park Seed Corporation, which is one of the largest gardening concerns in the world. The festival shows of the abundant flowers of the area, as well as flower arrangements. Furthermore, it features jazz concerts, airplane flights for children, food from around the globe, a dog show, and a classic car show.

In July, Greenwood hosts the Festival of Discovery, which focuses on the folklore, culture, and traditions of the region, and features cookoffs, music, and other events.

Greenwood is home to several large corporations, which are major employers for the area, including Fujifilm, Milliken Textiles, andmajor offices of PepsiCo.

Given the diversity of the business community in Greenwood, South Carolina, it should be apparent that there are plenty of skilled and sophisticated Greenwood, South Carolina attorneys who can handle any legal problem that you might be facing.

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