Trusted Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Car Accident Victims Throughout The Chicago Area
Car 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.
“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:
- Vehicle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Worker’s compensation
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
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.