Tort reform for beginners

What is tort reform, anyway?

If you look in the dictionary, you'll see the word tort and the word torture have the same root - the latin word for "twisted". Think of a tort as torture without criminal intent. Or, in nicer words "a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction."

Although some countries have eliminated tort law, the United States continues to operate on the theory that if someone has injured another person, they are liable for the damages caused, with some exceptions.