Tortfeasor – someone who commits a tort (civil wrong); a wrongdoer.
- Concurrent Tortfeasors – two or more tortfeasors whose simultaneous actions cause injury to a third party.
- Consecutive Tortfeasors – two or more tortfeasors whose actions, while occurring at different time, combine to cause a single injury to a third party.
- Joint Tortfeasors – two or more tortfeasors who contributed to the claimant’s injury and who may be joined as defendants in the same lawsuit.
- Successive Tortfeasors – two or more tortfeasors whose negligence occurs at different times and causes different Injuries to the same third party.
- Fault – the legal responsibility for an injury suffered by another that is caused by error or defect of judgment or conduct resulting from inattention, incapacity, perversity, bad faith, or mismanagement.
- Culpable – guilty or at fault and/or breach or duty.
- Breach of Duty of Care – negligence that results in a foreseeable injury that would not have occurred but for the negligent person’s actions.
Liable – likely to incur a penalty as a result of having commit a civil wrong or breach of contract, answerable by tort. aka legally liable.
- Liability – the quality; state, or condition of being legally obligated or accountable; a debt enforceable by civil remedy or criminal punishment.
Tortious Act – an act that subjects the actor to liability under the principles of tort law.
Tort Reform – a movement to reduce the amount of tort litigation, usually involving legislation that restricts tort remedies or that caps damages awards.
: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6
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