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What is a Tort Law?

A tort is a legal term for any situation in which one person or group causes another person or group harm or loss. The law lets the injured person get money from the person who was responsible for their injuries. People often use the terms “tort law” and “personal injury law” interchangeably.

Tort law is a type of civil law that deals with disputes instead of crimes. Civil law also includes family law, such as divorce cases, and contract law. In most civil cases, defendants don’t go to jail or pay a fine to the government. Instead, personal injury lawyers find a solution that makes everyone happy.

How Can I File a Tort Claim?

You have two years from when your accident occurred to file a claim under Georgia’s tort laws. Then you have to show that you were less than 50% to blame for the accident. After receiving medical care and figuring out your damages, you can file a claim for compensation against the person who was at fault for the accident.

How Does Tort Law Work?

In tort law, the person who caused the damage typically has to compensate the person who was injured. The victim can use this money to repair damages and cover medical expenses, like repairing a car or going to physical therapy. Torts involve economic and non-economic losses.

Economic damages have a fixed value making it easier for you and your lawyer to figure out your losses to include them in your settlement. The opposite is true for non-economic damages.

Non-economic losses don’t have a set price, and their value depends on the circumstances of your accident and how it impacts your life. Various formulas and approaches are used to add these damages to your settlement.

How to Get Fair Treatment for Your Tort Case

Money can’t fully make up for what was lost. For example, a person involved in a car accident can sue the at-fault driver for their injuries, and the judge orders the at-fault driver to cover medical costs related to the injury. 

Unfortunately, while the medical bills are covered, the injured driver suffers permanent damage to their leg they never fully recover from. Money can’t make up for that.

Even though money can’t fix all injuries, financial compensation is very important. This money helps accident victims move on, even though they have lost something.

What Are Some Common Torts?

There are many different kinds of torts. Here are some of the most common:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Construction Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accidents

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