If you believe that the negligence actions of someone else caused you harm, then you might be considering pursuing a lawsuit for damages. But what if you also had some responsibility in causing this harm? Can you still go forward with the lawsuit? Negligence law can either be contributory or comparative when assessing the responsibility of the injured party, and the law in your state will determine the answer.
If you have been hurt and are considering a lawsuit for negligence in Illinois, you will need a lawyer who understands the law and how it applies to your case. To speak with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-risk consultation.
Contributory negligence laws dictate that if the injured party is even a little responsible for their injury, then they cannot sue and collect damages against another party whom they believe to be responsible. Even if you are found to barely have contributed to the accident that caused your injury, you cannot sue the other party who was mostly responsible. This type of negligence law results in the party being sued to closely analyze the injured party who is suing them, and to use any possible contributory negligence as a complete defense from having to pay. Contributory negligence can be harsh against an injured person, and it is not the law in most states.
Comparative negligence laws can allow for the injured person to be awarded damages even if partially responsible for the accident. In these cases, it will be determined how much of the accident was the fault of the defendant, and how much was the fault of the injured person who is suing. For example, if you sue someone for negligence and are awarded $100,000, but it is found that you are 20% responsible for the accident, you will only get an $80,000 award.
Comparative negligence is the law in most states, but the details vary. The three different types of comparative negligence laws in the United States are as follows:
Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state with a 51% bar. This means that the only time you can’t collect damages for an accident caused by negligence is when you are the most at fault party. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our Chicago personal injury attorneys understand how Illinois law determines the causation of your accident, and what is the ideal course of action to protect your rights.
Our personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. An experienced attorney with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is ready and eager to discuss your negligence claim. Feel free to call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, initial consultation.