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Illinois Negligence Laws

Negligence describes a situation when someone owes a duty to another person and fails in that duty, therefore become liable for any resulting injuries. For example, a surgeon who leaves a scalpal inside of a patient, causing infection, may be held liable for medical negligence. Illinois negligence laws recognize contributory negligence, in which the plaintiff is partially at fault for his or her own injuries.

The basic provisions of Illinois negligence laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Negligence section for additional articles and resources.

Code Section 735 ILCS 5/2-1116
Comparative Negligence -
Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery Over 50% recovery barred; under 50% damages diminished in proportion to plaintiff's percentage of fault
Contribution Among Tortfeasors Yes; 740 ILCS 100/0.01, et seq.
Uniform Act No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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