Texas Tort Law

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What do Tort Laws Cover?

Tort laws cover injuries caused by one person to another.  Torts usually involve physical harm, though they may also involve other types of harm such as economic loss or emotional injury. 

The usual remedy for a tort is payment of monetary damages to cover the victim’s losses.  Some common torts include products liability, slip and fall accidents, and simple assault cases.  There may be some overlap between tort and criminal laws.

Is Texas Tort Law Different from that of other States?

Texas is known as a “tort reform” state.  This means that considerable effort has been exercised towards revising tort laws in Texas.  In particular, Texas is known primarily for placing a limit (cap) on monetary damages for medical malpractice claims. 

Ever since the introduction of Texas’s cap for medical malpractice damages, thousands of doctors have relocated to the state to set up their practice.  The cap on damages has served to protect doctors from frivolous claims where patients seek to recover an excessively high amount of money for minor injuries.

Other unique features of Texas tort law are:

Thus, Texas’ tort laws and policies have often had far-reaching effects on both the medical profession as well as insurance claims for medical malpractice.  These areas of tort reform in Texas are subject to much debate and are constantly undergoing changes.

Should I hire a Lawyer for issues with Texas Tort Law?

You may wish to consult with a Texas lawyer if you are involved in a tort claim in Texas, especially if the claim involves some form of medical malpractice.  Your attorney can keep you updated with any changes to tort laws in Texas.  Also, if you will be filing a lawsuit, your lawyer can provide you with valuable assistance during court proceedings.   

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Last Modified: 01-20-2017 10:25 AM PST

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