Torts are lawsuits that involve personal injury or damage to property and they are some of the most commonly litigated issues in the United States. The most common torts are: battery, assaults, property damage, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Here are a few examples of tort lawsuits:
- Automobile accidents: In an automobile or motorcycle accident, a plaintiff can sue for damages to cover expenses caused by the accident. A plaintiff will usually receive damages to compensate for personal injuries (e.g. medical bills, physical therapy, etc.) and damaged property (e.g. mechanical or cosmetic repairs for a vehicle).
- Slip and Fall: Slip and fall cases typically happen on the premises of a business or property that wasn’t well managed or maintained. Property owners, like landlords, should try to prevent situations that could lead to slip and fall accidents. Avoiding slip and fall lawsuits could mean: putting up caution signs, cleaning up spills, or dealing with seasonal issues, like black ice.
- Dog Bites: Dog and animal bites occur thousands of times a year and pet owners should be aware of the potential legal troubles. Some states even have “strict liability” dog bite laws, but with some exceptions, such as the dog was provoked or the victim was committing a felony.
- Emotional Distress: Emotional distress is one of the harder tort claims to win, but it still a prominent area of tort law. Emotional distress can be either an intentional or negligent tort.