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Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Chicago Auto Accidents Attorney

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Trusted Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Car Accident Victims Throughout The Chicago Area

dented car after accidentCar accident injuries generate more personal injury claims than any other form of personal injury, and the majority of these are paid out by insurance companies. Insurance companies, however, don’t get rich by paying claims – they get rich by denying or minimizing claims. That’s OK, though, because after all these years, we know how to handle stingy insurance companies.

Why “95” is Our Favorite Number

At Malman Law, the number 95 has a double meaning. It represents the percentage of our clients who successfully win compensation for their injuries, and it also represents the percentage of successful clients who end up with private settlements rather than courtroom verdicts. Although we cannot make any guarantees, these are the odds at Malman Law.

Client Testimonial

“Two 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.” – Malman Law Client

Our Practice Areas

Illinois personal injury law is based on many of the same principles regardless of the circumstances or nature of the injury. Below is an incomplete list of the types of cases we typically handle:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) Can I recover damages for “pain and suffering”?

It is likely that you will be able to collect pain and suffering damages if you win your claim. These damages are based on:

  • The severity of your injury
  • The amount you suffered, based on objective evidence
  • Any disfigurement or disability you suffered

2) The driver of the other car was drunk and caused the crash. Can I sue the bar that sold him alcohol?

Perhaps. Under the Illinois Liquor Control Act, you can sue an establishment that sold the driver alcohol if the driver’s resulting intoxication was a “proximate cause” of the accident. Unlike other states, Illinois law doesn’t require you to prove that the bartender knew or should have known that the driver was intoxicated at the time he was served.  

3) Do I need to give a statement to an insurance company?

No, and you shouldn’t. Instead, you should send a written notice to the at-fault driver’s insurance company containing a bare-bones notification of the accident. Anything else you say “can and will be used against you in a court of law” (or in settlement negotiations) to deny or minimize your claim.

4) The at-fault driver was a pizza driver driving a company car at the time of the accident. Can I file a claim against the pizza restaurant?

Yes you can, if:

  • The driver was on-duty at the time of the accident
  • The driver was acting within the scope of his duties at the time of the accident, and
  • The driver was an employee of the company, not an independent contractor

Although most pizza drivers are employees, most commercial truckers are independent contractors.

5) The at-fault driver ended up with a traffic ticket arising from the accident. Can I use this against him when pursuing my claim?

If the defendant was convicted in traffic court after pleading not guilty, you cannot use his conviction against him in a civil lawsuit. If he pleaded guilty, however, you can use it against him in court and in settlement negotiations.

You Can Afford Us No Matter What Your Income Is

At Malman Law, we don’t charge upfront fees. In fact, we will never charge you anything at all, until and unless we win your case and bring home compensation for you. Additionally you will owe us nothing until the money arrives. Even then, our fee will be calculated as a percentage of your recovery, so that you are guaranteed to come out ahead.

Act Today On Your Car Accident Claim

You will probably need professional advice to understand the true value of your claim. We can determine its approximate value, however, after we research your case, and we will spare no effort to make sure that you receive it. Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. If you can’t come to us, we will meet you the hospital or wherever else you may be.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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    20,000+ Cases over 25 Years
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    Over $200,000,000 Collected
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