Injuries and the Liability of At-fault Person

When a person is injured due to the recklessness of another individual, he can file for legal claims that will cover the economic damages such as hospital bills and loss of wages and non-economic damages including pain and suffering.

According to tort law, anyone whose action causes injuries to another person should provide relief for the damages. This penalty is to deter the reckless individual and other people to commit the same negligent act, especially those which can cause serious injuries.

Three General Categories of Tort

Intentional Torts

The person who committed the injury has the specific intent to cause harm to the victim. In this case, the plaintiff is not required to prove that the defendant's action has the intent to cause the specific harm. An example of intentional torts is deliberately punching a person on the face.

Negligent Torts

The recklessness and unsafe behavior of an individual have caused injuries to another person. In this kind of tort, the plaintiff should prove that the defendant's negligent act is the direct cause of his injuries.
Negligent torts are often used by people who have sustained serious injuries from a car accident or those who have been hurt because the property owner failed to practice due diligence.

Strict Liability Torts

This kind of tort is often used in legal cases which involve defective products and dog bites. The legal theory behind this is that the manufacturer and the dog owner have the strict liability for the injuries cause by the product and the animal.
In strict liability, it is not important to establish the degree of carelessness of a person as long as his action causes damages.

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