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The Four Elements of a Tort

Tort law is the area of law which allows for individuals to secure financial compensation following injuries caused by other parties. If you have been injured in an accident and someone else is to blame, tort law may become incredibly important to you. Because of this, it can be very important to know the four elements that make up a tort.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and someone else is to blame, the Denver personal injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. may be able to help. Contact us today by calling (303) 423-1770.

Understanding the Four Elements

In order for a tort to have been committed, four elements all must be in place. Unless all four are present, you may not have a case. The elements are:

  • The presence of a duty. Duty can be defined as simply as “an obligation to behave in an appropriate way.” A driver on the road has a duty to drive safely so as to avoid an accident.
  • The breach of a duty. The defendant failed to live up to his or her duty. In the previous example, a driver may breach his or her duty by driving recklessly.
  • An injury occurred. You must have been injured in some manner.
  • Proximate cause. The injury must have been caused by the breach of duty. For example, you have been injured in a car accident caused by a reckless driver.

If all these elements are present in your case, you may be able to get financial compensation to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.

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To discuss your case with the compassionate Denver personal injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., contact us today by calling (303) 423-1770.


At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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