Personal injury claims center on negligence. When someone’s careless or reckless behavior inflicts injury onto another person, the negligent party can be held liable for the resulting harm.
If you were injured due to the negligent behavior of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Coplan + Crane have helped accident victims in Illinois for years. We understand the complexities of proving negligence on the part of wrongdoers, and we are committed to helping our clients recover the justice and compensation they deserve after an accident.
Before we can talk about proving negligence, we first need to cover what it means for a person or company to be “negligent” under Illinois law. There are four key elements to any claim for negligence:
Proving negligence requires evidence of all four elements — and some elements are easier to prove in some cases than others. For example, if you were injured in a car accident on a public road, it will generally be presumed that the other driver owed you a duty (just as you owed a duty to the other driver). In cases involving property accidents, however, the property owner’s duty depends on why you were on the property.
With regard to breach and causation, the nature of the breach determines what evidence is necessary. For example, many car accidents involve negligence per se. If the other driver broke the law (i.e., was speeding or drunk at the time of the accident), then the law of negligence per se says that the driver’s breach is presumed to have caused the accident. In the absence of negligence per se, it may be necessary to collect and present evidence such as:
When pursuing a claim for negligence, you also need evidence of harm. This includes not only evidence of your injuries themselves, but also evidence of your injuries’ short-term and long-term effects. This evidence will determine how much you are entitled to recover — and it is critical for making sure you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Some examples of the types of evidence a personal injury lawyer can use to prove the “harm” element of your negligence claim include:
If you have a personal injury claim, proving negligence won’t be easy — but it will be extremely important. At Coplan + Crane, our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience helping accident victims recover just compensation.
To discuss your claim with an experienced lawyer in confidence, please call (708) 358-8080 or request a free consultation online today. Our firm serves clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas.