Illinois Courts Permitted Experts to State Opinions Regarding Standard of Care

Courts have routinely permitted experts to state opinions regarding standard of care. In Van Holt v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (1st Dist. 1996), 283 Ill. App. 3d 62, 669 N.E.2d 1288, 218 Ill. Dec. 762, plaintiff's expert was permitted to testify that a work area was in violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act because it did not provide the railroad employee with a safe place to function or work. In Anderson v. Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. (1st Dist. 1986), 147 Ill. App. 3d 960, 498 N.E.2d 586, 101 Ill. Dec. 262, 101 Ill. Dec. 586, plaintiff's expert witness was permitted to testify that a railroad crossing was "extrahazardous."