Most people think that personal injury law only covers physical damage. However, nonphysical injuries, such as psychological harm, property damage and financial loss, may also be compensable if they were caused by certain types of conduct, including fraud and defamation.
At the Law Offices of John E. Hill. P.C., in Oakland, our attorneys handle all types of personal injury cases. Having successfully represented thousands of clients in the Northern California community for decades, we use effective legal strategies to obtain the full compensation you deserve, whether or not your injury involves physical harm.Explaining Different Types of Torts
A tort is a wrongful act that infringes upon the rights of others. Personal injury law concerns itself with compensating victims who suffer injury due to others’ tortious acts. The following are the basic types of torts:
- Negligent tort — Negligence is at the heart of many tort actions. Generally, negligence is considered a failure to act with a level of care appropriate to the circumstances. For example, a driver who ignores the rules of the road and causes a car accident and resulting injury may be found guilty of negligence.
- Strict liability torts — In some cases, a party is found to be strictly liable for damage without a finding of fault. For example, California law makes dog owners strictly liable for damage done if their pet bites and injures another person. Legal actions seeking compensation for injuries related to defective or poorly designed products may also be strict liability cases.
- Intentional torts — Intentional torts are willfully committed acts that injure others. The physical or nonphysical injury may result from trespassing, defamation, fraud, stalking or threatening to harm, among other circumstances.
When you suffer personal injury, our law firm uncovers the facts and helps you understand your options for obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.Intentional Torts
Commission of criminal torts like assault or battery may lead to criminal charges pursued by the state. If you are a victim of a criminal act, you may also be able to pursue a civil court action against the perpetrator to secure financial coverage. Common types of intentional torts that result in nonphysical injuries include the following:
- Fraud and deceit — Fraud occurs when people knowingly misrepresent material facts in a way that causes victims to take actions to their own detriment. An act intended to deceive is also fraud.
- Defamation — Effort and action taken by a party with intent to damage the reputation of another person or entity is called defamation. Common forms of defamation are slander — knowingly false and damaging information spread by broadcast or word of mouth — and libel — knowingly false and damaging information spread by printed word or image.
Intentional tort matters are often complicated. If you are targeted by fraud or suffer other damages from an intentional tort, the attorneys at the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C. can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Take advantage of our free initial consultation and learn about your options for moving forward with a legal claim. Contact our firm online or call (510) 588-1000 today. Hablamos español.