Mesquite Tort Lawyers

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

When a tort is committed in Mesquite, Texas, thereby giving the victim the legal right to sue the person who allegedly harmed them, the victim's right to sue is known as a "cause of action."

The law in Mesquite, Texas recognizes dozens of different torts. Some of them are fairly obscure, and don't come up frequently, and are largely relics of the common law. The torts that a person is most likely to deal with at some time in his or her life are negligence, fraud, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Types of Torts in Mesquite, Texas

Negligence: In Mesquite, Texas, 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 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: In Mesquite, Texas, fraud is a fairly common tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as common as negligence. To put it in the simplest terms possible, fraud is a deliberate lie that causes tangible harm (such as financial loss) to the person to whom the lie is told. Fraud is committed in a wide variety of contexts, but it most often happens when someone is trying to sell a product for more than it's worth. They might lie to a prospective buyer about the product's quality or value. If the buyer relies on this misrepresentation when deciding to buy the product, they are the victim of fraud, and have a right to sue the seller for their financial losses, and possibly recover punitive damages.

Battery: The law in Mesquite, Texas 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 occurs 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 Mesquite, 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 Mesquite, Texas Tort Lawyer Help?

If someone has committed a tort against in you Mesquite, 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 Mesquite, 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 Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas is a city located in Dallas County. It has a population of about 136,000 people, and is a suburb of the city of Dallas.

Mesquite, Texas was founded in 1873, when a railway engineer purchased a large tract of land in the area, shortly before the establishment of a rail line from Dallas to Shreveport, Louisiana. Once this happened, Mesquite entered a period of rapid growth.

Up until the early 20th century, Mesquite's prosperous economy was largely based around agriculture, and the export of produce such as cotton, sugar, and corn.

Mesquite's economy is largely linked to that of Dallas, which is a major center for information technology, financial, and health care industries. The Dallas area has one of the largest concentrations of publicly-traded and Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. - the entire area is a hotbed of economic activity, in virtually any industry or discipline one could imagine.

If you live in Mesquite, Texas, it goes without saying that you can probably find the right lawyer to solve whatever legal problem you may have. If you have a legal issue, it's very likely that a Mesquite, Texas lawyer will be able to help.

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