What is a Tort

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As shown in the above video, a tort is a non-criminal offense, or a civil wrong other than a breach of contract. Instead of the government challenging a person over the breaking of a law, a tort alleges that the defendant has done the plaintiff a demonstrable wrong. This can include bodily injury, property damage, defamation, or other similar actions. Torts are fought in court for a form of compensation. Torts and the causes behind them may be superficially similar to the actions taken after a crime, but these are not the same. A person may be arrested for assault and battery by the District Attorney and convicted. If the wronged party desires compensation for such assault and battery, they must file a tort. This would pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of work, and other issues.