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What is a Tort?

Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney

This show brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.

On today’s episode, Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney, answers the question, "What is a tort?"

Over the last month, we've talked about negligence and the elements of negligence.

In a legal context, negligence is a tort, and a tort is something somebody does they weren't supposed to do, that we call a wrongful act.

It's not criminal law, where you get in trouble with the police.

This is called civil law.

Other versions are intentional torts and strict liability.

An intentional tort is basically somebody not being very nice to somebody else on purpose in such a way that it goes against their rights.

The things they get to have by being in our society.

Strict liability means there doesn't need to be an intention or even an accident.

It just means that if something happened, then another person or company can be responsible for that.

Quick recap: three kind of torts are intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.

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The Law for Kids Podcast brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.