Friday, April 1, 2011
Tort is derived from the Latin word tortus which meant wrong. In French, "tort" also means a "wrong". Tort refers to that body of the law which will allow an injured person to obtain compensation from the person who caused the injury.
Every person is expected to conduct themselves without injuring others. A concept derived from tribal law as old as the Christian Bible; from Luke 6:31, King James Version:
"And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise."
When they do cause injury to others, either intentionally or by negligence, they can be required by a court to pay money to the injured party (damages) so that, ultimately, they will suffer the pain caused by their action