Toledo Personal Injury Attorney Explains The Word “Tort”
Often confused with a pastry (Torte), I find that the legal word Tort is not widely well understood. A tort is a a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability. It is a word of French origin, meaning wrong or injury. Today, most torts are simply referred to as personal injury. However, this is not strictly accurate as torts deals with a wide variety of claims, not just those that specifically lead to physical injury. Tort damages can result in emotional or mental damage, loss of business opportunities, reputation damage, and much more. Tort law is governed by complex and technical rules of civil procedure. At it’s most basic, it is critical for prospective Plaintiff’s to understand that in order to succeed on a tort claim, the Plaintiff must be able to prove duty, breach, causation and damages by a preponderance of the evidence. While this burden is less than the criminal “beyond a reasonable doubt” burden, it can still require extensive and meticulously organized evidence to meet.