TORTS – LAW 101
Hello, I’m attorney Kyle Bachus. The legal world is full of overly complicated jargon and terminology that can be intimidating if you don’t know what it means. In my law 101 video series, I’m breaking down some commonly used legal terms so you can be informed and confident should you ever need to take legal action. In this episode of law 101, I want to tell you what the word tort means in the legal world.
In the legal world, we have criminal cases, and we have civil cases, right? Criminal case is when the government is bringing a case against you for violating the terms or laws of society. A tort is a type of civil case. Civil cases are brought for money damages. A tort is a civil case that is brought because somebody either committed an intentional act against somebody else, or they were negligent in their treatment of somebody else. That’s what a tort means in the legal world. It is a civil wrong.
An example of a tort would be an automobile collision, where somebody rear-ends the back end of somebody else’s car. That’s actually a tort; it’s a civil wrong. There might also be a criminal ticket that the government brings against you, but the civil claim is a tort claim. It is because the person who rear-ended you failed to act reasonably under the circumstances; in doing so, they committed a tort.
At Bachus and Schanker, one of the things that we do is we represent victims of torts in tort claims in civil court. So we would bring a claim for money damages, on behalf of the person who was hit by the tortfeasor, that’s the person who commits the tort. And we bring a civil claim in civil court. To learn more about law topics that can help you feel informed and confident about the legal world, make sure to check out more videos in this series. Or contact us directly at Bachus & Schanker.