Consider this scenario where you are walking down the aisle of a grocery store and you slipped on some dish detergent that was accidentally spilled on the floor. You suffer pain and further have to pay expensive medical bills due to the negligence of store management.
You become the plaintiff or injured party, and the grocery store is considered the tortfeasor or defendant, the negligent party. Now, depending on the extent of your injury you can claim compensation from the defendant for medical bills, pain and injury caused.
Tort is any civil wrong. It is just another word for any civil wrong that causes harm. In this case, the negligence of the grocery store management. In civil law, torts are grounds for lawsuits to compensate a grieving party for any damages or injuries suffered. Torts can be caused by intentional wrongdoing, negligence or strict liability. If your pain problem is done due to the defective product, it comes under strict liability.
Torts include all types of negligence. Any medical and legal negligence, defective product issues against the brand of a product which has been manufactured or designed improperly, intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander, trespass and many others.
The damages can include lost working hours/wages, mental, emotional and physical pain, loss of enjoyment of life and medical expenses.
In Florida, the law of torts relates to any civil case where the party bringing the action is seeking compensation for such damages. Usually, the harm is some sort of personal injury and the victim of the tort is seeking financial compensation because of that injury.
In a personal injury case, a lawsuit is generally not instituted until the injured party has reached optimal medical improvement. This is because future potential damages are set by the jury at the time of the trial. If the injured party has not reached maximum medical improvement, there is a risk that unanticipated damages will occur in the future and compensation for those damages would be lost.
Personal Injury attorneys in Florida who handle tort cases take all the necessary actions to make sure that the victim is paid the full compensation for damage.