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What is meant by the statement a tort is a civil wrong?

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08/19/2008

A tort is any action which harms an individual's financial state or health that is caused directly, indirectly, on purpose, or accidentally by another individual or party of individuals. Tort is also often referred to as a civil tort when civil actions can be taken against the tortfeasor (individual or party of individuals being held responsible for the tort in question." When you sue someone, that person being sued is the tortfeasor and the action of theirs for which you are suing against is called the tort. I am not an attorney, so my answer could be wrong on various levels, but I believe that is the best layman's explanation for your answer.