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A "tort" in Provo, Utah 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 Provo, Utah, thereby giving the victim the legal right to sue the person who allegedly harmed them, the victim's right to sue is identified as a "cause of action."

The law of Provo, Utah recognizes various dozen different torts, but only a few of them are truly litigated with any frequency, and many of them are relics of a bygone age. However, there are a few torts that are litigated very frequently. These torts are negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Provo, Utah

Negligence: In Provo, Utah, negligence is the most frequently-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 is another prevalent tort litigated in Provo, Utah 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 Provo, Utah 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. 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, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Provo, Utah as a legitimate tort until the early to mid 20th Century. Nonetheless, 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 Provo, Utah Tort Lawyer Help?

If you think that someone might have committed a tort against you in Provo, Utah, 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 completely entitled to put up the best legal defense you can.

In either situation, a Provo, Utah 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 Provo

Provo is the seat of Utah County and third largest city in Utah. With 119,000 Utah residents, Provo is popular Salt Lake City professionals and winter vacation homes alike. Brigham Young University, the largest Missionary Training Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the 2002 Winter Olympics' Peak Ice Arena are all located in Provo bringing a distinctly unique mix of people to the area. Provo is the second largest metropolitan area in Utah next to its close neighbor Salt Lake City that is just 43 miles North. Provo is also the seat of Utah County meaning it plays host to a number of different facilities such as the Utah County Courthouse. Many Utah lawyers call Provo home because it's home to so many courts and near to Salt Lake City. Provo lawyers can help you sort out whatever legal question or issue you may possess.

The annual Sundance Film Festival brings lots of people to Provo and showcases some of the best films of the year. Forbes rated Provo in the top 10 places to raise a family. Additionally, the city has been celebrated as one of the best places to retire, an enticing city to live and play, and National Geographic Adventure dubbed Provo a "cultural hub." The Provo City Library at Academy Square has an extensive selection of more than 280,000 media enclosed with the walls of the former Brigham Young Academy. It was built in 1892. The Covey Center for the Arts shows plays, operas, and other performances all year long. For business, the Utah County Convention Center hosts a lot of events like technology conventions and parties.

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