Defining a Tort

A tort is a wrongdoing that results in injury to another person or damage to another’s property. Torts differ from crimes in that crimes are punishable by the state in criminal court, whereas torts generally allow individuals to seek compensation for their injuries in civil court. Some acts can be both a tort and a crime.

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Proving Cause in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Proximate cause is an event that is sufficiently related to a harm that has occurred to be considered a primary cause of the harm. In order to satisfy the legal requirement of cause in a personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligence was both the actual cause and proximate cause of the injury or damage suffered.

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Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have a minor injury and the fault for the accident is not in dispute, you can try to work with the insurance carrier directly to resolve it quickly. The insurance carrier will ask you for a statement regarding the facts of the accident, and for information regarding your injuries.

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Intervening Cause

An intervening cause is a separate omission or act that breaks the direct connection between the actions of the defendant and a loss or injury to another person. As a result, intervening cause may be used as a legal defense in a civil lawsuit.

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