Beaumont Tort Lawyers

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

In Beaumont, Texas, 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."

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

Negligence: Negligence is by far the most common tort that results in litigation in Beaumont, Texas. Negligence is a failure to exercise the amount of care appropriate for a certain situation, and causing harm to someone else as a result of this carelessness. For instance, 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 instance, and negligence can occur in basically any context.

Fraud: Fraud is another common tort litigated in Beaumont, Texas 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 Beaumont, 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 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: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Beaumont, Texas, 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. 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 Beaumont, Texas Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Beaumont, Texas, you have a legal option to seek compensation. Furthermore, if someone has sued you, alleging that you committed a tort, you have a right to mount a legal defense.

In either case, a Beaumont, Texas attorney who is experienced in handling tort cases will be able to help. Your lawyer can advise you on the best trial strategy, should the case go to trial, and negotiate with the other side, to try and reach a resolution that both parties can live with.

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Life in Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas is a city of about 118,000 people in Jefferson County, of which it is the county seat.

Beaumont, Texas is part of an area known as the "Golden Triangle," which is an area between Beaumont and two other cities, which is a major industrial sector along the Gulf Coast of Texas. One of the largest employers in Beaumont, Texas is the Port of Beaumont, which is the nation's 4th largest seaport by tonnage. It is also the second-largest military seaport in the entire world. A large transport battalion of the U.S. Army is headquartered at that port.

This port, and the businesses associated with it, employ thousands of blue-collar workers, but they also employ many administrative professionals, including Beaumont, Texas lawyers.

Thanks to its diverse economy, many Beaumont, Texas lawyers are highly skilled in a wide variety of practice areas. So, if you are in need of legal services, it's very likely that a Beaumont, Texas attorney can help you.

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