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Understanding the Difference between a Crime and a Tort

Most Americans who are not involved in the legal world do not have a good understanding of the legal concept of a tort. A tort is similar to a crime, except that a tort is tried in a civil court and a crime is tried in a criminal court. Court cases that involve torts often result in financial compensation paid to the victim and not a prison sentence, which may be the punishment in a criminal case.

If you feel like you have been the victim of a non-criminal action that is in violation of civil law, it is important that you consult with a skilled and experienced attorney about your legal rights. Contact the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.

Common Examples of Torts

One of the principal distinctions between torts and crimes is that torts involve negligent or reckless actions, whereas crimes are typically characterized by intentionally improper behavior or actions. There are hundreds of torts that can be committed. However, there are a few that arise much more frequently than others. Common examples of torts include:

  • Negligence that causes car accidents
  • Causing someone else wrongful death
  • Failure to maintain a safe premises
  • Causing someone else preventable property damage
  • Causing someone else preventable personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Legal malpractice
  • Insurance bad faith

These are some of the most common tort cases that legal professionals handle on a regular basis. If you have been wronged and believe that you may have a case against the at-fault party, contact us today.

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At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., we believe that no tortious act should go unpunished. If you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, and other concerns. Contact our Milwaukee car accident attorneys today at 800-242-2874.



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