Unitrin Preferred Insurance Company v. Dobra

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2013 IL App (1st) 121364
Decision Date: 
November 25, 2013
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co.,1st Div.
Justice: 
CUNNINGHAM
Holding: 
Affirmed.
Insured's home was damaged by fire, and jury found that construction company's actions in applying flooring finish to home was not a proximate cause of fire, and ruled in its favor. Court properly allowed construction company's expert witness, a fire scientist and fire protection engineer, to testify on cause and origin of fire, as he was qualified to testify on those subjects by experience and training. Expert's testimony did not usurp role of jury, as determination of cause and origin of fire is not a matter within common knowledge of laypersons.(CONNORS and HOFFMAN, concurring.)