Jackson Tort Lawyers

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

In Jackson, Tennessee, a tort is essentially any bad thing that one person can do to another, which the law says the victim can sue over. This is called a "cause of action."

In Jackson, Tennessee, there are laws and court rulings that recognize scores of various torts. Many of these torts are very obscure, and are almost never litigated. In the modern era, the torts that the ordinary person is most likely to face are fraud, negligence, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Types of Torts in Jackson, Tennessee

Negligence: In Jackson, Tennessee, negligence is the most often-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 in Jackson, Tennessee is another fairly frequent tort. It is a deliberate misrepresentation made for personal gain, at the expense of another. It usually involves selling a product to a person, while lying about the product's nature. If the buyer relies on the false information in making their purchasing decision, they are a victim of fraud, and can sue the person who defrauded them to recover their losses.

Battery: The law in Jackson, Tennessee defines battery as any harmful or offensive contact by one person, with the body of another person, without the consent of the victim. Any punch, kick, strike, or slap would precisely amount to battery, since it is harmful, unless it happens in a context where the person being battered consented to it (a lawful boxing match, for example). However, conduct that doesn't cause any physical harm, but is "offensive," can also be considered battery. This most often comes up when one person initiates unwanted sexual contact with another.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Jackson, Tennessee, 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. Additionally, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Showing 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 Jackson, Tennessee Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has hurt you, either intentionally or negligently, in Jackson, Tennessee, 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 evident reasons.

In either situation, a Jackson, Tennessee 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 Jackson

Jackson is located in Madison County, Tennessee. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 65,211 people.

Some interesting facts about Jackson are that the popular Hub City Hurricanes played in Jackson in 2007. From 1990-2011 the city hosted the NAIA Women's Division I National Championship basketball tournament. Also, the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex hosts many tournaments throughout the year; it is a travel baseball and softball complex.

Some famous residents include Carl Perkins, Casey Jones, Lauren Pritchard, Christopher Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Jackson is also home to many law offices and firms that train attorneys to practice in all areas of law. Thus, residents do not need to travel far to receive excellent legal services.

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