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Police Brutality & Excessive Force

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

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There are times when police must use force, such as when a perpetrator lashes out violently or resists arrest, or when other civilians are in danger. However, sometimes, police officers use excessive force for no good reason, leaving people unfairly hurt and traumatized. These instances of police brutality can lead to a number of serious injuries, including:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Back, neck, and spine injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Joint, ligament, and tendon injuries
  • Contusions and lacerations
  • Death

If you or a family member has been injured during a confrontation or interaction with police, it is vital to know your rights and understand the law. If you can prove the the police used excessive force or that they did not conduct themselves in a lawful manner, they are obligated to pay for damages and they must take responsibility for their actions. You may be able to collect compensation for:

  • Your medical bill and injuries
  • Your lost wages or loss of future wages
  • Your out-of-pocket expenses
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your emotional trauma

At Malman Law, we are on your side, and we want to hear your side of the story. Even if you or your loved one was guilty of a related crime, the involved police brutality could still have been illegal and wrong. Call our offices today at (888) 836-5975 to schedule a free case review with an experienced Chicago police brutality attorney.

Why Does Police Brutality & Police Misconduct Happen?

Instances of excessive force and police misconduct have increased in recent years, and with this increase has come a public outcry for justice. As many groups, including law enforcement groups, work to solve the growing issue of police misconduct, a few themes regarding the root cause of police misconduct have surfaced, including:

  • Racial profiling
  • Improper police training
  • Inadequate police monitoring
  • Lack of consequences
  • The culture of some police forces
  • “Bad apples” on the police force
  • The militarization of some police forces

None of these root causes of police misconduct are excuses for misconduct to happen. Regardless of the cause of your police brutality incident, the police officer and police department may be responsible for what happened, and they need to take responsibility for the consequences.

It is also important to note that many of the above issues related to police brutality can be confronted through filing a police brutality claim. Standing up for yourself with the help of an attorney can draw attention to the issue, make the at-fault parties responsible for their actions, and get “bad apple” cops off the streets for good.

Wrongful Death & Police Brutality

Perhaps the most tragic police brutality cases are the ones that involve a fatality. Sadly, in 2015, an average of two people in the United States were fatally wounded by law enforcement every day. While in some cases police were acting in self-defense or in order to protect the public, in other cases, citizens were killed due to the use of excessive force or because of police misconduct.

Fatal instances of police excessive force may involve:

  • Police shootings
  • The use of batons or flashlights
  • The use of tasers
  • Punching, kicking, or slamming assaults

Losing a loved one in a police brutality case is extremely painful – and often has serious emotional and financial consequences. Talk to a Chicago wrongful death attorney about your possible case to find out if you deserve compensation.

Get Help With Your Chicago Police Misconduct Case From Malman Law Today

Our police make vows to protect and to serve. When they break that vow, they are breaking the law. If you or a loved one has been harmed by law enforcement officers, and you believe that the officer or officers were abusive or excessive, you may deserve compensation and justice. It is important to make certain that the officer is punished for his or her actions, and also that you receive the compensation that will help you return your life to normal.

At Malman Law, we have the knowledge and experience to take on your Illinois police brutality case. We offer a no-obligation, confidential case review to all victims and their families. Get all of your questions about your case and your rights answered in one session – and find out if you have a valid claim to pursue. To schedule your case review today, please call (888) 836-5975 or request a free consultation online today.

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.

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