Tort

  • a tort, in common law jurisdiction, is a civil wrong[1] that causes a claimant to suffer loss or harm, resulting in legal liability for the person who commits a tortious act. it can include the intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, financial losses, injuries, invasion of privacy and many other things.

    tort law, a suit where the purpose of a legal action is to obtain a private civil remedy such as damages, may be compared to criminal law, which deals with criminal wrongs that are punishable by the state. tort law may also be contrasted with contract law, which also provides a civil remedy after breach of duty; but whereas the contractual obligation is one chosen by the parties, the obligation in both tort and crime is imposed by the state[citation needed]. in both contract and tort, successful claimants must show that they have suffered foreseeable loss or harm as a direct result of the breach of duty.[note 1][note 2]

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A tort, in common law jurisdiction, is a civil wrong[1] that causes a claimant to suffer loss or harm, resulting in legal liability for the person who commits a tortious act. It can include the intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, financial losses, injuries, invasion of privacy and many other things.

Tort law, a suit where the purpose of a legal action is to obtain a private civil remedy such as damages, may be compared to criminal law, which deals with criminal wrongs that are punishable by the state. Tort law may also be contrasted with contract law, which also provides a civil remedy after breach of duty; but whereas the contractual obligation is one chosen by the parties, the obligation in both tort and crime is imposed by the state[citation needed]. In both contract and tort, successful claimants must show that they have suffered foreseeable loss or harm as a direct result of the breach of duty.[note 1][note 2]