What is a Tort?

Torts are civil wrongs recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit.  These wrongs result in an injury or harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party.  While some torts are also crimes punishable with imprisonment, the primary aim of tort law is to provide relief for the damages incurred and deter others from committingthe same harms.  The injured person may sue for an injunction to prevent the continuation of the tortious conduct or for monetary damages. There are many different kinds of torts including: negligence; strict liability; trespass; assault and battery; libel; slander; intentional infliction of emotional distress; fraud; and professional malpractice.