Legal jargon can be confusing - even for those of us who make a living based on our knowledge of the law. When it comes to the difference between a tort and a criminal act, the two can be especially difficult to distinguish. Here are the basics: Legally speaking, a tort occurs when one’s negligence directly causes damage to a person or property. A crime is defined as a wrongdoing Continue Reading
In the grand scheme of the law, two predominant case areas exist: criminal and civil. Criminal law deals with instances in which an individual commits a crime against societal rules. For example, robbing a bank is considered criminal activity. Civil law, on the other hand, takes over when a dispute exists between private individuals. Case in point, one major area of civil law involves divorce Continue Reading
Briefly and generally speaking, the term “tort law” encomasses legal situations where an individual could be held liable for an injury inflicted upon another person. Tort law cases also involve the injured party seeking compensation for any damages they have experienced (property loss, physical harm or pain and suffering). There are three types of tort cases in which you could be involved. They Continue Reading
The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a medical device manufacturer in a decision that will make it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices. Charles Riegel underwent a procedure to unclog an artery and was left with permanent disabilities as a result of a catheter bursting during the procedure, dying in 2004. In Riegel v. Medtronic, 06-179, his Continue Reading
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