Denton Tort Lawyers

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

In Denton, 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 Denton, Texas recognize a very massive 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 Denton, Texas

Negligence: In Denton, Texas, 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 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: Fraud in Denton, Texas 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.

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: Also known as IIED in Denton, Texas, intentional infliction of emotional distress is a fairly new cause of action, having not been recognized until the 20th century. In order to win in an IIED lawsuit, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant engaged in some kind of "outrageous" conduct, which was severe enough to "shock the conscience" of a reasonable person. They must also show that the defendant really intended to cause emotional distress, and did, in fact, cause severe emotional distress. Proving that the plaintiff suffered trauma or distress as a result of the defendant's conduct is not as easy as it may sound, and usually requires the testimony of a psychiatric professional who has examined the plaintiff.

How Can A Denton, Texas Tort Lawyer Help?

If you believe that you've been the victim of a tort in Denton, Texas, 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 accountable, you have every right to defend yourself in court.

In either case, a Denton, Texas 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 Denton

Denton, Texas is a major city and the county seat of Denton County. It is best known for its world-acclaimed live music scene. The city of Denton has produced a long list of famous musical artists and Grammy award-winning performers. It is also an excellent city in terms of residential housing and employment opportunities.

Denton's lively musical culture centers mostly around the University of North Texas. The University runs an excellent music department which has sprung the careers of artists such as Norah Jones, Don Henley, Meat Loaf, and Roy Orbison. Many graduates of the University of North Texas have signed with major recording labels. The University also maintains Winspear Auditorium, which hosts concerts throughout the year. The presence of the University of North Texas as well as Texas Women's University helps to create an enjoyable "college-town" atmosphere in Denton.

Other attractions in Denton, Texas include the Golden Triangle Mall, which is a shopping complex that has more than 90 specialty stores. Visitors also flock to Denton to attend the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. These annual festivities attract crowds of over 300,000 people.

Denton, Texas lawyers practice law in many different fields to meet the needs of the community. Lawyers in Denton are often members of multiple bar associations and civic groups. The Denton County "Courthouse-on-the Square" is a popular historic museum located in the city.

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