Tort Law

T. Andrew Horvat is an experienced tort lawyer with offices in Chicago and Naperville. Read more below about tort law and how a free consultation can benefit you.

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What is Tort Law?

A tort is an act or a failure to act that causes harm to another. Tort law is the body of law that covers injury or loss suffered as the result of a tort being committed. Tort law falls into three general categories: intentional torts, negligent torts and strict liability torts. Intentional torts are wrongs that an individual knew or should have reasonably known would cause harm (e.g., intentionally hitting a person). Negligent torts occur when the individual’s actions were unreasonably unsafe, even if unintentional (e.g., accidentally causing an accident by failing to obey traffic laws). Strict liability torts, unlike intentional and negligent torts, do not depend on the degree of care that an individual used. Rather, in a strict liability case, the fact that somebody was harmed because of an individual’s actions is enough to entitle the injured party to compensation (e.g. manufacturing or selling a defective product that injures the consumer).
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Common Examples of Torts

While conduct that violates an individual’s civil rights, or rights governed by employment law or education law are specific types of torts, unlike the specific torts covered by those areas, most tort law does not stem from federal laws enacted by Congress, the States or other local government entities. Instead, most of the laws protecting individuals from torts committed by others have been developed by the decision of state court judges rendered in specific cases going back hundreds of years. 

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An Experienced Tort Attorney Can Help You

If an individual has been harmed by the wrongful act of another, he or she can
seek financial damages and other relief in State and Federal court. However,
before one can obtain compensation for their injury, or protect themselves
against an allegation that they injured another, the rights and relevant law at
issue must be properly identified. We can help.

T. Andrew Horvat is a Chicago tort lawyer who has two decades worth of
experience litigating tort cases, including representing individuals, small
businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in numerous tort cases throughout the county. As such, Andrew is uniquely qualified to assist you in identifying your rights, determine whether a tort has occurred, accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and secure a favorable judgment on your behalf.  If you believe you have been harmed by the conduct of another, or have been accused of injuring another, please contact us for a confidential and free consultation.

Free Tort Law Consultation

Horvat Law has law offices in Chicago and Naperville, IL. Whether you are ready to take action, or you simply want to discuss your options, contact us for a free consultation.