Mount Prospect Tort Lawyers

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A "tort" is defined in Mount Prospect, Illinois as a legal wrong, not criminal in nature, for which the law provides compensation to the victim.

Basically, a tort in Mount Prospect, Illinois is any wrongful action committed by one person against another, which gives the victim of the wrongdoing the legal right to sue the wrongdoer. This is identified as a "cause of action."

The law of Mount Prospect, Illinois recognizes various dozen different torts, but only a few of them are truly litigated with any frequency, and many of them are relics of a bygone age. However, there are a few torts that are litigated very frequently. These torts are negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.

Types of Torts in Mount Prospect, Illinois

Negligence: In Mount Prospect, Illinois, negligence is the most frequently-litigated tort. It is defined as a failure to act (in any situation) with a reasonable level of care, and causing harm as a result of that carelessness. For example, if a store that's open to the public fails to remove ice from its front entrance, or put up any kind of warning, even though it knows that the ice is there, it is not exercising reasonable care. If someone is injured as a result, the store owner will likely be required to compensate them for their injuries. This is, obviously, just an example.

Fraud: In Mount Prospect, Illinois, fraud is a fairly prevalent tort that the local court system has to deal with, though it may not be quite as prevalent as negligence. To put it in the simplest terms possible, fraud is a deliberate lie that causes tangible harm (such as financial loss) to the person to whom the lie is told. Fraud is committed in a wide variety of contexts, but it most often occurs when someone is trying to sell a product for more than it's worth. They might lie to a prospective buyer about the product's quality or value. If the buyer relies on this misrepresentation when deciding to buy the product, they are the victim of fraud, and have a right to sue the seller for their financial losses, and possibly recover punitive damages.

Battery: The law in Mount Prospect, Illinois defines battery as any harmful or offensive contact by one person, with the body of another person, without the consent of the victim. Any punch, kick, strike, or slap would clearly amount to battery, since it is harmful, unless it results in a context where the person being battered consented to it (a lawful boxing match, for example). However, conduct that doesn't cause any physical harm, but is "offensive," can also be considered battery. This most often comes up when one person initiates unwanted sexual contact with another.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Intentional infliction of emotional distress is also called IIED in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and it was not recognized as a valid cause of action until fairly recently (for the longest time, physical harm was a requirement before someone could sue for tort damages). To hold a defendant liable for IIED, it must be shown that the defendant engaged in some type of outrageous conduct, targeted at the plaintiff. Moreover, it must be shown that this conduct directly caused severe emotional distress in the plaintiff, and that that was the defendant's intent. Establishing that actual emotional distress occurred is the most difficult element of this tort, and the plaintiff's word is far from sufficient. It often requires intensive examination by a psychiatrist, who will then testify as to the plaintiff's mental state.

How Can A Mount Prospect, Illinois Tort Lawyer Help?

If somebody has injured you, either intentionally or negligently, in Mount Prospect, Illinois, you might have a cause of action. On the other hand, if you find yourself in the unenviable situation of being sued for a tort, you have a right to defend yourself, and will probably want to, for apparent reasons.

Whatever your situation, a tort lawyer who has experience in representing people in Mount Prospect, Illinois tort cases can advise you on the best way to proceed, and give you the best chance of winning your case, whatever side you're on.

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Life in Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect is located in Cook County, Illinois. It is located about 20 miles northwest from downtown Chicago. Around 55,000 people call Mount Prospect home.

Some famous people who have lived in Mount Prospect include Ian Brennan, Lee DeWyze, Jennifer Morrison, and Brian Gregory.

Some of the top employers include Caremark Rx, Bosch Tools, MetLife, Cummins-Allison, Wal-Mart, Rauland-Borg, and the school district.

Being so near to Chicago, Glenview residents have the benefit of taking advantage of the strong legal force in Chicago. Chicago is home to many top law firms that train excellent attorneys to handle any and every legal matter.

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