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If you have been injured in or around Waukegan, Illinois, you may need our experienced Waukegan Accident Lawyers to advocate for your rights and ensure that you are taking the proper measures to get the compensation you deserve. Often times, you will need to deal with many logistics simultaneously.
For instance, let’s say that you hurt your spinal cord near the St. Mary’s Cement Factory or slipped and fell on the icy tarmac at Waukegan Regional Airport. Not only would you have to obtain medical care ASAP, but you would also have to deal with crises at work and at home as well as with the logistics relating to your accident. Victims in stressful situations can make imperfect decisions that can lead to profound and unpleasant consequences. You might miss out on opportunities to achieve compensation, for instance. On top of that, you may feel plagued by anxiety and stress related to the fallout from your Waukegan, Illinois injury.
Sometimes, but not in most cases. The reason is that while an employer is usually liable for the on-duty misconduct of its employee under the well-established legal doctrine of respondeat superior, the same doctrine does not apply to an independent contractor.
Whether or not the supervisor refers to the worker as an “employee” does not matter – a court will decide the status of the worker based on the degree of independence that the worker enjoys from his or her supervisor. Most truckers operate as independent contractors, not employees, and most trucking companies insist on this arrangement in order to limit their legal liability in case of an accident.
To illustrate the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, a plumber you call in to fix your sink is probably an independent contractor, while a live-in maid who receives a monthly salary from you is probably your employee, regardless of how you characterize the relationship.
Yes, it matters, because in the event of an intentional tort you may be able to obtain punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Moreover, if the person who injured you was an on-duty employee at the time of the assault, you may be able to sue the employer for punitive damages.
Keep in mind that you can win a civil lawsuit against someone who assaulted you even if they were acquitted in criminal court. This is because the standard of proof is much lower in a civil case than in a criminal case. In a civil case, you don’t have to prove the defendant was “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt ” – you only have to prove a 51 percent likelihood that the defendant is liable for damages.
No, not in Illinois. In some states, the dog owner can escape liability by showing that the dog had never exhibited any aggressive tendencies before. In Illinois, however, a dog owner is considered strictly liable for a dog bite – you don’t even have to prove that it was negligent in order to win your case. Furthermore, most homeowner’s insurance policies and many renter’s insurance policies cover dog bite liability.
If the dog owner is uninsured or is otherwise unable to pay a judgment, you might also be able to sue the landlord of the establishment where you were injured – even if he or she did not own the dog – if the dog bite occurred in a common area, such as a courtyard. In this case, however, you may have to prove that the landlord acted negligently. Most accident claims or complicated, having knowledgeable and proven Waukegan Accident Lawyers from Malman Law, on your side is your best first choice.
This won’t matter a whole lot as long as you have uninsured motorist insurance in an amount sufficient to cover your claim. All it means is that you will have to file a claim against your own insurance company rather than the driver’s insurance company. Since Illinois law does not require motorists to carry uninsured motorist insurance, however, many drivers do not carry it.
If you do not carry this type of insurance and the driver who injured you has no liability insurance, you may have to sue the driver directly. Of course, winning a lawsuit against a motorist who lacks the financial resources to pay a judgment will do you little good. In a best-case scenario, however, the driver could turn out to be an on-duty employee of a company that can afford to pay a judgment.
A hazardous condition is an unreasonably dangerous condition such as a deep pothole, missing stairway railing, or even (in some cases) accumulated ice on steps. A retail shop owner, for example, has a duty toward customers to repair any known dangerous conditions on the property and to inspect the property and repair or warn of any non-obvious hazards.
Liability for dangerous conditions is subject to the rule of reason, however – if you are injured by slipping down snowy steps, for example, the property owner or lessor might not be ruled liable as long as he or she made periodic efforts to keep the stairs clear of snow and ice. To win a lawsuit under these circumstances, you will have to show that the owner or lessor was negligent.
Malman Law can provide no obligation, absolutely confidential consultations for accident victims. Steven J. Malman is one of the most prolific, well-respected, and intuitive attorneys in the Chicago area, particularly when it comes to personal injury law. He and his firm have battled in over 5,000 cases and won many multimillion-dollar verdicts for clients – some of which have been in excess of five million dollars. But while Steven is an adept litigator who understands the system and who knows how to extract maximal compensation for his clients, he does his work not merely to make money but also to help injury victims recover and go on to lead good, active, and happy lives. Steven really does care about his clients, as countless reviews – both from clients and from legal peers – attest.
Home to the late great comedian Jack Benny, Waukegan Illinois supports a thriving and diverse population of approximately 93,000, situated near one of the most important harbors in the Midwest region. Every year, around a hundred major vessels dock in Waukegan Harbor. Waukegan Regional Airport serves as a smaller (and in some ways, posher) alternative to Chicago’s enormous O’Hare Airport.
Given all of the industrial traffic in and out of Waukegan, however, transportation-related injuries can easily occur. Industrial disasters at the harbor, boating accidents or accidental drownings, and injuries at the private airport may not always make the front page of the Chicago Tribune, but they nevertheless transform lives and push families to the brink of stress and exhaustion. Having one of Malman Law’s skilled Waukegan Accident Attorneys on your side can help you navigate the difficult road following a personal injury.
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I was rear-ended by a semi-truck on my way to work. I was transported to the hospital and my car was totaled. In the aftermath, Dan Petrich and Anna Schmidt from Malman Law helped me get set up with physical therapy and negotiated with the insurance companies to make sure the resulting settlement would cover my medical bills and a rental car until I could get a new car. I would highly recommend their services.
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- Tony S.
I contacted Malman Lawafter my work injury. So professional from my first phone call. Mr. Malman’s investigator, Dan, came right out to our home. Everything was explained in detail so I know what to expect during this process. I certainly recommend anyone ever in need of a personal injury lawyer to call Malman Law. Truly the best!! Thanks, everyone!
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Attorney Greg Lamorena was my lawyer when I slipped and fell. He kept me updated throughout the case and was always available to talk when I had questions. He is a great lawyer and could not be happier about my settlement!
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Alexis was the attorney on my case! She kept me in the loop about everything with my case. If I had any concerns I was able to contact her and she’ll answer my questions right away. If you’re interested in working with Malman Law I would highly recommend Alexis she was GREAT. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need!
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I have had an amazing experience with Malman law so far. From the start, Dan was super easy to work with, got me the medical attention I needed, and fast. Couldn’t ask for better communication. Neil Kilcoyne has been nothing but the best I could not recommend a better attorney. Malman Law is a 10 out of 10 law firm.
- Trevor Harris
Hi, I just want to acknowledge Jay McCarron, Kelly & the firm at Malman Law for representing me as they continue to work on my case. Thanks for keeping me updated & responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. I would highly recommend you and your firm to friends & family. E. P.
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Adam Meadow acted as the attorney for a family member who was in a car accident. He was highly personable and actively listened to our issues throughout the litigation process. He was able to get us a settlement for the reparations of the accident. We would recommend their services!
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Excellent customer service and a great experience. Malman Law handled the whole process and it was very smooth. The settlement was a great success. I would choose Malman Law again in the future.
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Helped me out of a big jam when my auto was hit twice when and the other drivers had no insurance. Adam Meadow is the only Lawyer I will call for helping me and my daughter.
- Devri Lott
I cannot give enough praise to the team at Malman Law, for helping with my case. My children were involved in an auto collision and the attorney Adam along with his paralegal Michelle worked diligently until the matter was resolved and my entire family was happy. I would definitely recommend Malman Law for anybody going through legal troubles.
- Adrian Lopez
A close friend recommended me to Malman Law. I currently have a case with them due to a car accident I had and ever since the accident they have been taking care of everything for me without me having to worry about anything. They took care of the medical bills & helped me get physical therapy right away. I highly recommend them.
- Vanessa Leon
Bella Feinstein, Jason Kellerman, and Terry Davey have been instrumental in helping me through many difficult situations. Not only did they work to get my mom a settlement, but they have also continued to help me through the legal process of relocating my mom to a different state. I’m very grateful for their hard work and good advice.
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- Jeff Walker
Mr. Kellerman of Malman Law shows compassion for his clients. Returns calls and emails promptly, he takes time to listen to his clients, and gather facts accordingly.
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Everyone at Malman Law made me feel welcomed and heard. My lawyer, Adam Meadow, as well as staff, kept me up to date and were more than happy to do so! I would highly recommend their services. Also- a plus is many employees are fluent in Spanish. My experience was easy and worthwhile.
- Adrianna Gomez
Dan Petrich was the best man for my case of falling through my porch of an apartment I rented. He made sure I got what I deserved not only $ wise but medical wise and that my hospital bills and Dr bills were left at a $0 balance before closing my case. I was definitely happy and glad I choose him. Thank you. 5 stars
- Jose Cruz
Steve Malman helped me with my auto case. He quickly responded and answered any and all the questions I had. My case was a success as well as 2 other family members I recommended to him won their cases as well. Definitely a 5 star!
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I am very impressed with Malman Law and my experience with Tiffany Alberty. She was very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate the great communication and never felt out of the loop. She was very patient and hard working on my case. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks for the hard work and all your help!
- Madissen Miller
Malman Law is definitely professionals and skilled at what they do. Mr. Adam Meadow always kept me informed and never hesitated to answer my questions and was open to hearing my concerns. Wouldn’t think twice about referring them to family and friends. Thank you to all at Malman Law!
- Christina Ocon
Mailman Law, Excellent firm!! Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie Gallegos were super efficient and knowledgeable. Great communication—very quick response and great follow up! My case was resolved sooner than expected. I highly recommend them!
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So glad I contacted Malman Law regarding my accident. Professional and caring. Thank you Mr. Malman. I most definitely recommend to anyone if you need the best to call Malman Law!!!
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I really appreciated and enjoyed Yennin Calderon’s service. I called asking questions and she was so helpful. Not only did she answer all my questions and concerns. It was also a bonus that she was bilingual in Spanish! Loved the warmth she brought. Thank you!
- Jazlyn Caraballo
My experience with Malman Law was great. I worked with Attorney Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie. Both communicated what was going on with my case, explained the next steps, and got my case resolved early. I would highly recommend Malman Law.
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2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
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