Baytown Tort Lawyers

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

In Baytown, Texas, a tort is basically 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."

Statutes and appellate court rulings in Baytown, Texas 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 Baytown, Texas

Negligence: Negligence is by far the most prevalent tort that results in litigation in Baytown, Texas. Negligence is a failure to exercise the amount of care appropriate for a given situation, and causing harm to someone else as a result of this carelessness. For example, running a red light is inherently careless. If you run a red light, and cause personal injury or property damage, you are liable for the harm you caused. Of course, this is just one example, and negligence can occur in virtually any context.

Fraud: Fraud is another prevalent tort litigated in Baytown, Texas 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.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Baytown, Texas 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 directly 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 typically any physical contact that violates one's sense of personal dignity constitutes battery, and the victim could technically sue over it. However, in most cases like that, the plaintiff hasn't suffered 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: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Baytown, Texas 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 truly 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 Baytown, Texas Tort Lawyer Help?

If you think that someone might have committed a tort against you in Baytown, Texas, you can sue the alleged wrongdoer to seek compensation for your injuries. And, of course, if you are being sued for a tort (or anything else), you are absolutely entitled to put up the best legal defense you can.

In either of those cases, you will almost certainly benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Baytown, Texas. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a knowledgeable 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 Baytown

Baytown is located in Harris and Chambers County, Texas. Per the 2010 census, the population of the city is 71,802 people.

Some great attractions to check out while in Baytown include Baytown Nature Center, Houston Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, and the San Jacinto Mall.

Famous residents include Bobby Fuller, Gary Busey, Leeland Mooring, Joe Tex, Drew Tate, Romany Malco, and Rocky Bernard.

Top industries include construction, education, transportation, and retail. Although legal services is not included, there are many established law offices and firms in and near Baytown. These entities train excellent attorneys to handle any and every legal need of residents and businesses.

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