Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for the People of Lakeview
We are never at a loss for things to do when we visit Lakeview – catching a show at the Belmont Theater District, jogging along the Lakefront Trail in Lincoln Park, or catching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field all seem so enticing at times that it can be hard to decide what to do next. No wonder Money Magazine listed Lakeview as the nation’s third-best big-city place to live.
Life in the city has its drawbacks too, of course – Chicago’s bustling traffic, for example, results in an accident rate that easily exceeds that of more pastoral environments downstate. Traffic accidents are not the only danger you face either – medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and dog bites are only a few of the many hazards that can make life seem like a minefield if you think too much about risks.
When the Unexpected Happens
The severity of an accident can range from annoying to tragic. One way that insult is added to injury, unfortunately, is the realization that not only was the accident avoidable, but someone else’s carelessness was responsible for causing it. When that happens, Illinois personal injury law says you have the right to full monetary compensation.
Turning an Abstract Legal Right into Money in the Bank Can be Tricky
Obtaining the full value of a personal injury claim normally requires considerable expertise. At Malman Law, turning personal injury claims into cash for our clients is what we do, and it is all we have done for the last two decades – to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for over 20,000 personal injury victims. Our experienced accident attorneys never represent defendants, only injured victims.
We win 95 percent of our cases, and our .950 batting average has inspired us to make you this offer: You will not owe us a dime in legal fees until your case is over and your money is in the bank. And if we don’t win your case, you will never owe us anything. We believe that everyone should be able to enforce their legal rights, and we back it up with our fee structure.
“If anyone has a problem and is in need of help call Malman Law. At Malman Law you are not just a client, you are part of the family.” – Donyell G.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our accident law team handles just about any type of personal injury claim that can be attributed to someone else’s misconduct, including:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Should I talk to the insurance company?
Not without talking to your Lakeview accident lawyer first. If you are claiming against your own insurance company, some cooperation will be required of you, while your obligations are much less stringent when dealing with the defendant’s insurance company. Either way, however, insurance companies can be tricky.
2) What is a deposition?
In a deposition, you are questioned under oath outside of court. Your answers are recorded, and they can be used against you at trial if you speak falsely or contradict yourself at trial. Depositions typically take place after a lawsuit has already been filed.
3) What are some tips for negotiating a fair settlement?
- Understand the value of your claim.
- Accurately forecast your chances at trial.
- Listen to what the opposing party says and “read between the lines.”
- Bring your lawyer with you, or have your lawyer do the negotiating for you.
4) What kinds of damages are available to me?
Damages can be divided into three broad categories:
- General damages, such as pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, and mental anguish
- Special damages, such as medical expenses and lost earnings
- Punitive damages, used to punish the defendant (seldom awarded)
Time is of the Essence – Act Now
Since we settle about 95 percent of our clients’ claims out of court, the odds are good that you will never have to walk into a courtroom. Indeed, it is our fearsome reputation for success in the five percent of our cases that are resolved in court that encourages defendants to settle rather than face us in court.
We know that financial matters may be pressing you, and that you are probably in a hurry to receive your compensation as soon as possible. From the moment we take your case, we will be aiming for a quick but generous settlement, and we will make no major case decision without your consent.
If you think you might have a valid personal injury claim in Lakeview or elsewhere in Greater Chicago, call Malman Law Alternatively, simply fill out our online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.