Module Introduction: (CU1 M3) Torts

Tort is a branch of law that involves the enforcement of civil wrongs in the absence of contracts. For example, if you are hit by another vehicle and want to sue for medical costs, there is no contract between you and the driver. This lawsuit it carried out within the tort system. (When the terms of an existing contract are violated, enforcement must be carried out outside the tort system.) Tort law allows individuals and businesses that have been wronged to receive compensation for that wrongdoing. Tort law is frequently used in situations involving medical negligence. If your doctor accidentally removed the wrong arm and you wish to sue, you would sue based on tort law. There are a number of different types of torts, but the most common is negligence, which involves a breach of the “duty of care.” In other words, in order to sue on negligence, you must be able to prove that somebody that was responsible for something violated that responsibility.

Module Outcomes:

  • Define tort and terms related to torts, generally.

  • Identify and discuss the elements of the tort of negligence.

  • Identify and discuss the elements of an intentional tort.

  • Identify which torts are considered strict liability torts.

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