What Are the Differences Between Torts and Crimes?
Tort cases are a major subcategory of civil litigation, which is all about resolving legal disputes between two or more parties by pursuing compensation, money damages, or other particular actions instead of bringing criminal charges. The primary difference between a criminal case and a tort is the party filing the lawsuit. Criminal charges are typically brought by the state, but anyone can file a tort lawsuit against another person who has harmed or injured them (called the “tortfeasor”).
What Kinds of Tort Cases Are There?
There are many different kinds of torts and civil tort cases. These are the three most commonly filed:
- Negligence: This is the sort of tort claim you might expect to see in a personal injury lawsuit, in which one person’s failure to act appropriately resulted in serious harm to another person. In such cases, the citizen bringing the suit typically has to prove that the tortfeasor behaved negligently or recklessly, whether in cases of automobile accidents, injuries on the premises of stores or medical malpractice.
- Intentional torts: These occur when the alleged tortfeasor has deliberately sought to harm the other person, as in cases of robbery, fraud, assault and battery.
3.Strict liability torts: Even if the party in question did not behave negligently, recklessly, or with the intent to deliberately harm, they can still be held liable despite lack of direct fault for injuries or other harm done to the claimant. This is often applied in cases where consumers are injured by defective products.
Civil Litigation & Tort Lawyers in Phoenix
There are a variety of other tort cases and a wide array of circumstances which may warrant civil litigation. Regardless of whether your case fits into one of the above categories or involves an entirely different kind of tort, get in touch with an experienced civil litigation attorney right away. At Taylor & Lihn, PLLC we know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve and are here to help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Call us at (602) 900-9860 today or contact us to receive a free case evaluation.