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Passenger Injuries

Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Chicago Passengers in Car Accidents Attorney

The clock is ticking on your passenger injury claim!

Reputable Personal Injury Lawyers Serving The Chicago Area’s Passenger Injury Victims

passenger injuriesAbout 25,000 passengers are injured in Illinois vehicle accidents each year. If you were injured in a vehicle collision as a passenger, you may have a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver –  either the driver of the other car or the driver of the car you were riding in. Normally, an auto insurance company will end up paying your claim, not the at-fault driver.

Don’t Let the Insurance Company Take Advantage of You

Insurance adjustors carry a large bag of tricks into any claim negotiation. This is to be expected, of course, since insurance companies make money by accepting premiums, not by paying claims. If you are negotiating without a lawyer to advise you, you could easily be taken in.

The insurance adjustor might, for example, try to deduct from your claim for not wearing a seatbelt, since failure to wear a seatbelt is against the law and since your injuries might have been less severe had you been wearing one. The adjustor will be hoping you don’t know that under Illinois law, your failure to wear a seatbelt can’t be used against you in an injury claim.

Personal Injury Law is the Only Kind of Law We Practice

Here at Malman Law, we have been practicing personal injury law – and only personal injury law – for the past two decades. During that time we have served over 20,000 clients, and we have won hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for them. 95 percent of our clients emerge victorious, and over 90 percent win out-of-court settlements.

A Word From One of Our Clients

“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

We handle the following types of cases, among others:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) I was injured as a passenger in an Uber accident. Can I file a claim against Uber?

No, not unless you can show that Uber was itself negligent in some way. That is because Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. Nevertheless, Uber offers generous  liability insurance to its drivers.

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

Yes. Under the Illinois Liquor Control Act, you can win a lawsuit against a bar or nightclub even if the establishment had no way of knowing that the driver was already intoxicated at the time he was served. You must prove that:

  • The establishment served alcohol to the driver prior to the accident
  • The establishment’s act of serving the driver was a substantial cause of the accident, and
  • The accident caused your injuries

3) Can I sue the government if I was a passenger in a city bus accident?

Probably. You have two options:

  • File a notice with both the Attorney General and the Clerk of the Court of Claims within one year of the date of the accident, and file a lawsuit with the Illinois Court of Claims within two years.
  • File  lawsuit directly with the Illinois Court of Claims within one year of the date of the accident.

4) What is the “household exclusion” and how might it affect my claim?

The household exclusion is a term that is typical in auto insurance policies. It denies coverage if you claim against a member of your own household. The purpose of the household exclusion is to discourage staged accidents and fraudulent claims.

You Owe Us Nothing Unless You Win

At Malman Law, we don’t believe you should pay for nothing – and  the way we’ve set it up, you won’t have to. We charge no upfront fees, and if we don’t win compensation for you, you will owe us nothing for the entire case. We can afford to do this because we win 95 percent of our cases.

The Clock is Ticking on Your Passenger Injury Claim

When you are pursuing a personal injury claim, what you can prove matters more than what actually happened. Over time, evidence tends to degrade – witnesses die or move away, or their memories fade. Meanwhile, physical evidence deteriorates and documents get misplaced. The time to act is now.

Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or contact us online for a free initial case consultation. If you need us to, we can even meet you at the hospital.

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 http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • 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 http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • 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.

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  • "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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