Briefly compare and contrast tortuous liability and contractual liability?

These are separate, although sometimes converging areas of law and liability. Contractual liability means that a party to a contract has somehow breached the contract and when taken to court will be held liable for the contract or at least for the loss to the nonbreaching party as a result of the breach. Tort is a separate type of liability that has to do with civil wrongs and gives a cause of action for the injured party. For example, an individual tripping and falling in a grocery store on a puddle of water may have a tort claim but would not have a contract claim against the store.