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Torts are civil wrongs recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit.

Correct answer: (d) grounds

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These wrongs result in harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party.

Correct answer: (d) injured

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While some torts are also crimes punishable with imprisonment, the primary aim of tort law is to provide relief for the damages incurred and deter others from committing the same harms.

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The plaintiff may sue for an injunction to prevent the continuation of the tortious conduct or for monetary damages.

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There are numerous specific torts, including trespass, assault, battery, products liability, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Torts fall into three general categories: intentional torts (e.g., intentionally hitting a person); negligent torts (e.g. causing an accident by failing to obey traffic rules); and strict liability torts (e.g. liability for making and selling defective products).

Correct answer: (b) negligent

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Damages, in a legal sense, is the sum of money the law imposes for a breach of some duty or violation of some right.

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Compensatory damages, as the name suggests, are intended to redress the loss or injury.

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Punitive damages are awarded to punish a wrongdoer.

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There are other modifying terms placed in front of the word 'damages', like 'liquidated damages' (contractually established damages) and 'nominal damages' (where the court awards an amount such as one dollar).

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