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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Workers’ Compensation for Teachers in Illinois | Chicago Teacher Injuries

It’s no secret that many Chicago-area school buildings have seen better days.

Educators are among the most important people in society. They mold minds and foster future success. But their jobs aren’t easy, and they aren’t always safe. Dilapidating property conditions, school violence, and personal injury remain constant threats.  

Unfortunately, teachers are often injured or fall ill in the course of their job duties. When that happens, many are frustrated by the relative lack of recourse available to them.

After all, most teachers are government employees, and many are members of a teacher’s union. This can mean that legal action after a workplace injury is limited to the Workers’ Compensation system.

Sadly – as many teachers already know from their colleagues’ own experiences – the Workers’ Comp system is rarely adequate. It’s also incredibly difficult to maneuver through.

Teachers have enough on their plates as it is, especially after an unexpected on-the-job accident. Nevertheless, filing a Workers’ Comp claim by oneself means confusing paperwork, strict deadlines, and a real risk of making critical mistakes.

Saying the wrong things – or sending in the wrong form at the wrong time – can create real problems. Moreover, many teachers have their claims shortchanged or are altogether denied, even when their damages are clearly genuine.

At Malman Law, we believe Chicago teachers deserve better than that.

If you’ve been injured in any accident related to your teaching services, or if you’ve fallen ill in connection with your job, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the law – and our mission is to ease the process for you while maximizing the amount that you stand to receive.

The Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp attorneys at Malman Law are here to fight for your rights and make your life easier.  

Common Chicago Teacher Injuries

Teacher’s risks range from the students whom they teach to the rooms they helm and the buses they take for field trips. It’s a job that never ends.

At Malman Law, we’ve helped more than 20,000 Chicago employees seek compensation after an unfair injury, and in 95 percent of those cases, we’ve reached a successful settlement that put our clients on a better path toward recovery – without having to go to court.

Our Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp lawyers understand the unique risks that educators face. We take them seriously, and we are prepared to demonstrate the full scale of your damages to your employer and its insurers.

Common Chicago teacher injuries include:

  • Injury from defective desks, chairs or other school equipment
  • Slip and fall accidents on school property
  • Injury from lifting or carrying heavy objects without proper training
  • Illness due to asbestos conditions within the building
  • Lead poisoning from paint in older school buildings
  • Food poisoning from school cafeteria
  • Exposure to illness while rendering care or aid to a student
  • Science lab injuries, including chemical burns or burns caused by flames, flashes, or explosions
  • Lab accidents caused by inadequate, broken or outdated equipment
  • School bus accidents (including activity buses and field trip buses)
  • Injuries incurred while on a field trip or serving as a chaperone
  • Assault from students, parents, or coworkers
  • More

Each school and classroom is different. Whatever your injuries might look like, our Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp attorneys would like to help. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can take a closer, confidential look at any potential claims.

Legal Representation for Private School Teachers

While most teachers are employed by the state, Malman Law can also help with Chicago teacher injuries that arise in the private school setting.

Your eligibility for compensation will depend on the circumstances surrounding your injury, the size of your employer, the nature of the injury itself, and any other facts that might become relevant as we evaluate your claim.  

Often, private school teachers are able to recover for injuries caused by negligence, even if the employer is not subject to state Workers’ Compensation laws.

Talk to Our Chicago Teacher Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Workers’ Compensation exists to protect you. Unfortunately, in practice, it seldom seems like you’re the one being protected. That’s why we’re here – to fight to make things right.

Job-related injuries are costly. More to the point, they’re unfair. You work very hard for the benefit of others. If you’re injured in the course of doing that, the least that the system can do in return is take care of you.

Let us help.

At Malman Law, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee, which means that injured teachers don’t have to pay for our services unless and until we arrive at a successful outcome for them.

Give us a call to learn more. You can set up a free consultation today. Just call 888-836-5975 or submit our online request form 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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