Law of Tort

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Law of Tort

Law of Tort

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The word tortderived from the latin word torquere  translates to “twisted or wrong” and is used in legal issues to refer to a civil wrong. A tort differs from a criminal act in the sense that criminal acts are usually committed against the state whereas a tort is a wrong committed against an individual.

The legal dictionary (2011) defines Tort law as “A body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.” It further categorizes the plaintiff as the person who suffers  loss as a consequence of tortious conduct, and the person responsible for inflicting the injury and who incurs liability for the damage as the defendant, otherwise known as tortfeasor.