The Four Elements of a Tort

If you have been injured in an accident and someone else is at fault, you may be interested in pursuing a lawsuit to get financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. This falls into a category of law known as “tort law,” and it may benefit you to know the basics of this type of law.

The Kansas City personal injury attorneys of The Pottenger Law Firm LLC, are dedicated to helping people get the financial compensation they need following an injury. To discuss your needs with us in more detail, please contact us today by calling 816-531-6006.

Understanding Torts

A tort is broadly defined as a legal wrong stemming from a breach of civil duty. This may sound complex, but it is actually fairly simple. A tort is made up of the following four elements:

  • The presence of a civil duty. While you may not realize it, we all have a duty to behave in a way that does not unnecessarily endanger others. For example, a driver has a duty to safely follow the rules of the road and not drive recklessly.
  • The breach of that duty. In the previous example, a breach of duty would occur if a driver drove recklessly, endangering those around him or her.
  • An injury. Perhaps the most basic element of a tort: you were injured.
  • Proximate cause. The breach of duty must have led – fairly directly – to your injury.

If all of these elements are in place, you may have a strong case for compensation.

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If you have been injured in an accident and would like to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please contact the Kansas City personal injury attorneys of The Pottenger Law Firm LLC, by calling 816-531-6006.