What is a tort law? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A tort is an injurious act that occurs due to the fault of another. Tort law cover violations where one party’s behavior or action causes injury, loss, or harm to another party. Personal injury claims fall under tort law.

The purpose of tort law is to enable the victim to be compensated for any losses they suffered because of the at-fault party’s actions. There must be three elements present in a tort action:

  • The at-fault party had a duty of care to the victim.
  • The at-fault party breached that duty of care through their action or behavior
  • That breach caused the victim’s injuries.