Tort Law

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Florida Lawyers for Tort Law and Liability

Some of the most challenging legal cases involve injuries and liability. While primarily a defense-oriented firm, the tort lawyers at Mateer & Harbert know the law and regularly handle mass torts. Our lawyers bring the same compassion and experience to the courtroom, whether they represent the plaintiff or the defendant. Modern tort law covers many issues, including insurance coverage, medical and professional malpractice, and personal injury claims. A physician’s skills must be evaluated to demonstrate to a jury what happened in the operating room. In some tort cases involving insurance, complex insurance policies must be analyzed and studied. An experienced tort lawyer works hard to navigate these challenges to obtain the best results for a client. At Mateer & Harbert, we have experience handling cases of personal injury with a proven track record of success in tort lawsuits.  

What is a Tort Case?

In tort lawsuits, the injured party or the plaintiff in civil cases seeks compensation. They seek the representation of a personal injury lawyer for payment from the defendant for damages incurred to property or person. Tort law will determine if a person should be held accountable for an injury against another. The type of compensation to the injured party is decided by tort law. The four elements required for a successful tort case are duty, breach of duty, cause, and injury. There must be a breach of duty by the defendant against the plaintiff, which resulted in an injury. The three main types of tort law cases are intentional, negligence, and strict liability.

Intentional Torts

Intentional torts are wrongful acts that injure or interfere with an individual’s well-being or property. Tort charges are filed by a plaintiff that seeks monetary compensation for damages that the defendant must pay if they lose the case. Some examples of intentional torts are false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, defamation, and trespass. Assault and battery are sometimes included.


Negligence is the most common type of tort. Unlike intentional torts, negligence cases do not involve deliberate actions. The individual is careless and fails to provide a duty owed to another person. The most common example of negligence torts are slips and falls. Other examples of negligence torts are car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and medical malpractice.

Strict Liability

Strict liability applies to cases where responsibility for an injury can be imposed on the wrongdoer without proof of negligence or direct fault. Defective product cases are an excellent example of when liability is upheld, even with no intent. The injured consumer only has to establish their injuries were directly caused by the product. Examples of strict liability torts are defective products, animal attacks, and dangerous activities.

Have a Tort Case? Contact Mateer & Harbert Today

Torts involving personal injuries such as slip and falls, auto accidents, and medical malpractice can leave grief and medical expenses for loved ones. If you have a personal injury or tort claim, our experienced attorneys can help. For more information regarding our Florida tort law practice group, contact our office in Orlando. Phone :( 407) 425-9044 | Fax (407) 423-2016

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