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Res Ipsa Loquitur

Latin for….

“The thing speaks for itself.” When it comes to tort law, this principle allows plaintiffs to meet the burden of proof with what would essentially be considered circumstantial evidence. The plaintiff must present what is considered a “rebuttal presumption,” which is a rule of law that is allowed to be inferred by a given set of facts, absent any evidence to the contrary.

What does all this mean to you if you have been injured and are trying to win a fair settlement?  In laymen’s terms, it means that you must present enough evidence to substantiate the presumption that harm would not have occurred (could not have occurred) if it were not for the defendant’s negligence.

Presenting the Obvious

If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured due to someone else’s obvious negligent behavior, you may not realize how important it is to be able to demonstrate that the defendant’s behavior was indeed negligent. You were there; you saw the other two cars drag racing at 90 mph as you tried to avoid the collision. However, the judge or jury hearing the case was not there—and they need to be convinced.

It may seem obvious, but proper presentation of the facts is the only way to make it obvious to others. With quality legal representation, that judge or jury will be convinced of what you already know to be true—that the driver that caused the accident was indeed exceeding the speed limit, driving recklessly, and his or her negligent behavior caused your injuries.

Reach out to an Expert Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

There is nothing worse than suffering a life altering injury or losing someone you love due to another’s negligent and careless behavior. It is horrible knowing that the situation could have been avoided entirely if the other party had just chosen to act responsibly. You can never go back and undo the damage, but you can eliminate the financial worries that often accompany this type of incident.     

When it comes to achieving the settlement you deserve after you or someone you love has been seriously injured or disabled due to another’s negligence, nothing should be left to chance. Don’t risk your financial future by working with an inexperienced attorney; call on Shea Law Group at (877)-365-0040. You will be able to book a no-obligation consultation with a compassionate and experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, and you will never pay a dime unless we win your case for you.