Elgin Tort Lawyers

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In Elgin, Illinois, a "tort" is defined as any civil wrong, besides breach of contract, for which the law provides a remedy.

When a tort is committed in Elgin, Illinois, thereby giving the victim the legal right to sue the person who allegedly harmed them, the victim's right to sue is identified as a "cause of action."

Elgin, Illinois's laws recognize many different torts. However, the civil litigation system only deals with a few of these dozens of torts with any frequency. While the most obscure torts are occasionally litigated, there are only a small amount that the average person is likely to deal with (either as a plaintiff or defendant) at some point in their lives. They include fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Elgin, Illinois

Negligence: In Elgin, Illinois, negligence is, far and away, the most prevalent tort that the civil litigation system has to deal with. Negligence is a failure to exercise the level of caution that's necessary in a given situation, and causing harm (physical injury or property damage) as a direct result of this failure. An obvious example is drunk driving. If a person is drunk behind the wheel, and causes an accident, they are clearly going to be required to compensate the victim for whatever harm they cause, since driving while intoxicated is extremely careless, and everybody should know this. Of course, there are many other situations, most of them far less apparent, where negligence can occur.

Fraud: Fraud is another prevalent tort litigated in Elgin, Illinois courts. Fraud is defined as the deliberate misrepresentation of facts made for financial, or other personal gain, which causes harm to someone else. Typically, fraud is committed when a product or service is sold, and the seller lies about the nature or quality of the thing being sold. If, in deciding to buy what the fraudster is selling, the victim relies on the false statements, the seller has committed fraud. The buyer can then sue the seller, to seek compensation for their losses. At the very least, they will typically receive the difference between the fair market value of the thing they bought, and what they paid for it.

Battery: Battery is defined by the law of Elgin, Illinois as any contact by one person, with the body of another, which is offensive or harmful. Any conduct that causes physical injury, pain, or emotional distress is battery. Also, you do not need to directly touch a person with your own body to commit battery - simply directing harmful contact (say, by throwing a rock) toward another person is sufficient to create liability for battery. Battery can also arise from "offensive" contact, which is typically any physical contact that violates one's sense of personal dignity constitutes battery, and the victim could technically sue over it. However, in most cases like that, the plaintiff hasn't suffered any real harm, and will only be able to recover nominal damages, which would be far, far less than the cost of filing a lawsuit.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress, also known as IIED, was not recognized in Elgin, Illinois as a valid tort until the early to mid 20th Century. However, since it became available as a cause of action, it has become one of the most common sources of civil litigation in the tort context. IIED is committed when a person engages in "outrageous" conduct towards another person, with actual intent of causing mental trauma or distress, and then truly causes the intended result. Physical injuries are not necessary to prove IIED, but if the emotional trauma is so severe that it causes physical symptoms (such as a heart attack, in the most extreme cases), the defendant will be liable for them, as well.

How Can A Elgin, Illinois Tort Lawyer Help?

If you have been the victim of a tort in , Illinois, you have the right to seek legal redress. And if you have been sued for a tort, you have a right to defend yourself.

In either of those cases, you will almost certainly benefit from the counsel of a competent tort lawyer in Elgin, Illinois. In addition to improving your chances of winning your case, should it go to trial, a knowledgeable lawyer will also make every effort to prevent the issue from going to trial in the first place, by attempting to negotiate a settlement with the other side that's acceptable to both parties.

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Life in Elgin

Elgin is located in the northern part of Illinois, northwest of Chicago and along the Fox River. The city is home to about a little over 108.000 people.

Elgin is known for its architecture. It has many landmarks inspired by the Victorian era. These landmarks include the Elgin Public Museum, which is the oldest building in Illinois.

Other popular attractions include the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Choral Union, the Cook County Forest Preserves, the Bluff Spring Fen, Northwest Tollway, and Trout Park.

Elgin also is home to many attorneys who practice law with enthusiasm and devotion to excellence. Therefore, Elgin residents have no reason to worry because their legal needs can be easily taken care of.

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