Elements of Negligence

To prove that the other party is negligent, you must offer evidence that your case meets specific criteria. In an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, these elements are:

Duty of Care

The other party owed you a duty of care to take reasonable, prudent measures to avoid harming you. There could be a legal duty of care, such as obeying the speed limit.

Breach of Care

The other party breached this duty of care for some reason.


Show a cause and effect that this breach led to your bodily injuries.


Demonstrate that your injuries resulted in economic and emotional damage.

Statute of Limitations in Illinois

Under Illinois law, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts on the date of injury, so it’s in your best interest to pursue compensation as soon as possible.

Many personal injury claims settle out of court, but a few go into litigation. You should give yourself enough time to exercise all your options.

Personal Injury Compensation

Depending on the extent, nature, and severity of your injuries, our personal injury lawyers in Champaign can assist in recovering compensation that might include:

  • Past & future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damage
  • Pain & suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Funeral costs

Some personal injuries caused by gross negligence may result in punitive and compensatory damages.

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If someone’s negligence harmed you or a loved one, call Staver Injury Accident Lawyers today. We’ll do everything in our power to help make you whole again.

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